Top 10 Places to Go Skiing
Three day weekends during the winter provide a great opportunity for a short getaway. And what better times to go than when school – and most businesses – are closed for the holidays? These ten ski destinations, some in the U.S. and some in Canada, should give you some ideas of where the powder is fresh and the moguls are waiting. If you’re ready to book your next ski weekend, incl this weekend (President's Day), please contact TravelBarista for a quote. We have a booking concierge service that can make travel easier for you!
1) Lake Tahoe, CA – Lake Tahoe might be ranked as the third best skiing destination in the U.S., but it’s on top of our list. The beautiful scenery and the great hills combined with the shopping and other activities (for when you’re done with the slopes) make a great place to spend a three-day weekend. For instance, Woodward Tahoe has trampolines, foam pits, & indoor skate park, or Truckee Donner Rec & Park Department has a brand new community pool.
2) Vail, CO – Really, when people think of skiing, they think of Vail. This is one of the most popular ski destinations in the country, and it has the resorts and star-power to prove it. You can rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities while traveling down the hillside on your skis.
3) Whistler, BC – Skiing in Whistler means spending some time on the same slopes as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The family-friendly village offers more than just skiing though – you can enjoy tobogganing, snowshoeing, and other winter-weather pursuits. We went to Coca-Cola Tubing Park, which the kids loved!
4) Aspen, CO – Aspen is known for its upscale atmosphere and thrilling black diamond-rated hills. There are also excellent instructors available, just in case you want to brush up on your skiing skills.
5) The Finger Lakes, NY – Not every good skiing place is out west. New York’s Finger Lakes region is home to four resorts and some small mountains complete with excelling recreational areas. Thanks to a weather phenomenon known as Lake Effect Snow, the Finger Lakes is an ideal place to ski.
6) Breckenridge, CO – Breckenridge is often overlooked due to its proximity to Vail. However, if you like skiing towns with old-school charm (thanks to the city’s Victorian Era Main Street), then you’ll love spending some time in this laid-back town.
7) Adirondacks, NY – Although the Adirondack Mountains aren’t quite as breathtaking at the Rockies; this east coast ski location has over 500 acres of slopes. It’s also quite affordable!
8) Steamboat Springs, CO – There’s a reason why Steamboat Springs has been nicknamed Ski Town U.S.A. Why is that, you might ask? It boasts an impressive 3,000 acres of ski slopes and has affordable rates that make those slopes very accessible.
9) Telluride, CO – Telluride is known for two things – its interesting history and its excellent skiing conditions. This city has almost as many acres of skiing areas as Steamboat Springs, and its atmosphere will keep you entertained.
10) Park City, UT – Park City is better known for its film festival than its skiing, but that needs to change. This city is located in between two major ski resorts and still houses the U.S. Olympic Ski Team’s training center. You could ski down the same hills as an Olympian!
*Picture at the top is at Whistler.