Now that colder weather has arrived, ski and winter sport enthusiasts are thinking about their winter vacations. Whether you have never skied before or are an expert skier, put one of these eight places on your list for this winter ski season.
With the highest lift in North America, the Imperial Express Super Lift, Breckenridge will excite even the most advanced skiers. Breckenridge is also an attractive destination because of the town. There is a range of places to stay and restaurants to eat at to fit any budget. Don’t forget to pack a cute outfit as Breck is known for its nightlife!
Another Colorado ski area makes our list, but this one is completely different from the first. Steamboat is quieter than Breck with few crowds. This is the oldest ski hill in Colorado and has maintained its rusticness with an authentic surrounding town. This area is known for its glade skiing, for skiers of all abilities. After a day on the slopes, relax in the geothermal hot springs.
With a substantial amount of snowfall each winter, Jackson Hole offers extreme terrain and steep slopes. In fact, it might be best for skiers with a little experience. Ride this ski resort’s iconic tram to get to some of the best trails and enjoy some of the updates that have been completed in the last few years. After a morning on the slopes, check out Persephone Bakery for espresso and pie. Tip: Jackson Hole is not as easily accessible as some of the other ski resorts, but it does have a regional airport serviced by three major airlines.
Aspen Snowmass is a good choice for a longer vacation because it has four different ski areas accessible by an efficient shuttle system. And while the skiing conditions are pristine in Aspen, the town is equally known for its après ski. It is a town full of dining and nightlife options. If you will be visiting mid-January, check out Wintersköl, a winter festival with ice carvings and fireworks.
Vail is the largest ski area in Colorado, with many activities on and off the slopes. It is one of the most popular ski resorts in the U.S. not only for its impeccably groomed slopes, but also for its charming European-style town. Dine and stay at one of the three base areas: Golden Peak, Vail Village, or Lionshead. Hotel Talisa provides access to a quieter area of the resort. Be prepared to pay though, as Vail is one of the most expensive ski resorts.
Snowbird gets the advantage of the North American snow trap for an abundance of fresh snow. Be prepared for a steep terrain at Snowbird. For easy access to the mountain, consider staying at the Cliff Lodge, which has been renovated. It features a heated swimming pool and three hot tubs for relaxation after a day of skiing, as well as a spa and yoga studio to stretch out those tired muscles. Dine at The Summit, which is located atop Hidden Peak and easily accessible by tram, and enjoy the views of Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Skiers choose to go to Telluride for the good conditions. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and rarely a wait at the lift lines, it offers a pleasant skiing experience. There is plenty to do for non-skiers too, with restaurants abound on Colorado Avenue. Try ice climbing, fat bike riding, or horseback and sleigh rides. And once you have worked up an appetite, check out 221 South Oak for dinner.
This resort area is one of the more accessible on our list. Park City is only about a half hour from a major international airport. Part of the appeal of this ski resort is that it has a variety of terrain for every level of skier. And when you are done skiing, there are a variety of activities all within 30 minutes. With over 150 restaurants in the local vicinity, there will be something that is sure to please everyone.
No matter where your winter ski vacation takes you, we have the casual wear for your time off the slopes.