As we approach the edge of winter, the call from freshly powdered peaks and mile-long runs awaits an answer. Pulling from National Geographic, Forbes and snow expert sites, we've compiled a list of five of the best destinations in the world to hit the slopes. From the death-defying drops in Chamonix to the classy runs in Cortina, you can shred in style with Jorg Gray timepieces, built to endure the elements. Bring on the snow:
Adrenaline buffs stare wide-eyed at the sky-scraping mountains in Chamonix, a town located in a deep valley near the intersection of France, Italy and Switzerland. This destination is world renowned as the birthplace of extreme skiing (National Geographic defines it as "you fall, you die"), but elite riders will be in white, powdery heaven. There are 11 different ski zones scattered across the valley, and when snow is good, vertical drops of over 9,000 feet are possible. For a watch to match the fearlessness required to tackle Chamonix Mont Blanc, there is no better than JG7800-21, a sapphire-coated mineral crystal watch lens with Swiss Ronda Movement, chronograph complication and 100-meter water resistance. Every edge, slope and jump skiers face, this watch will face too.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In the last two decades, Jackson Hole has emerged from its shell of a sleepy, snowy outpost to become a world traveler's destination. Last season, the mountains brought in more than 500 inches of snow, covering 4,350-foot vertical rise and 2,500 acres of inbounds terrain, according to JacksonHoleNet.com. There are five resorts in the greater Jackson Hole area and a $30-million tram that Forbes considers the greatest ski lift, technically and aesthetically, in North America. Famous for the Aerial Tram and expert chutes, Jackson Hole has reputation for the steep and deep, boasting miles of powder and pitches. Hit the back country trails with an equally rugged watch, JG6500-44, featuring a leather band, stainless steel case and water resistance.
Zermatt is the crown jewel of Switzerland's - and for that matter, the world's - skiing. Neighboring glacier-covered peaks, the mighty Matterhorn dominates the skyline with a summit of 14,692 feet, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Unsurprisingly, this mountain occupies most of any elite skier's day, but feel free to take advantage of any of Zermatt's three interconnected Swiss skiing zones. Plus, there are more than 50 on-mountain restaurants. In this top place to absorb Old World culture, travelers will not want to be without an eye-catching, authoritative timepiece - the JG8300-14 fits the bill.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Sample la dolce vita in Cortina d'Ampezzo, a town in the Dolomite Alps in northern Italy. For years aesthetically minded skiers have flocked to the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites, which National Geographic has called the most beautiful in the world. But that's not to say Cortina lacks a wild side. When you're ready to call it a day, mingle with wealthy Italians while wearing one of the sleek timepieces from the Jorg Gray Classic watch collections. Displaying suave sophistication and pronounced style, these timepieces provide a subtle, fashionable accent as you toast fine wine in local venues.
Winter lovers, meet the ski bunnies at Snowbird. Located 6 miles east of Salt Lake City, Snowbird features 3,240 vertical feet of award-winning terrain for all skill levels of skiers and riders. The resort serves up Utah's longest ski season and was ranked No. 2 in the Best Overall Ski Resort in ZRankings, which factors in average snowfall, total acreage, summit elevation and other aspects. There are 11 lifts that satiate the appetite of even die-hard skiers. After a long day on the slopes, thaw your limbs with some champagne in the heated rooftop pools and a classy JG8700-12, featuring a rose gold case-bezel, screw-down watch case back and integrated silicone rubber strap.