Winter is coming, which means it’s time to start planning your ski and snowboarding trips for the 2019-2020 season before all the good cabins get booked. If you’ve never stayed at a ski-in, ski-out vacation rental before, this year could be your chance, but you need to start doing your research now!
There are hundreds of places to hit the slopes all over the country, but if you’ve been wanting to mix it up and try a new resort, we have some suggestions of where to start looking. These eight cities rack up inches of powder in addition to having phenomenal mountain views. Read more to find your next winter vacation destination!
Big Sky, Montana
More than 5,500 acres of skiing terrain make Montana’s Big Sky a huge ski destination. This year, Big Sky Resort opens on Thanksgiving Day with lift tickets priced under $70 before December 20th. Thirty feet of yearly snowfall and Lone Peak Mountain’s beauty also draw in crowds every year, but if you’re trying to squeeze in an affordable ski trip, you might get lucky if the snow starts to pour in early December!
Copper Mountain, Colorado
The ski village of Copper Mountain in Colorado is small in size, but big on challenging ski slopes. If you’re an advanced skier who’s up for adventure, you’ll find this area off the beaten path, about two hours from the Denver Airport. What makes this place even better is that nearby vacation rental accommodations in Copper Mountain are close enough for you to walk to the ski lifts.
Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada
Lake Tahoe is situated on the California-Nevada state border, and is typically divided into two parts: North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe South. It’s a popular ski destination with stunning lake views, granite cliffs, and magnificent mountain vistas. The top three ski resorts in the area are Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood. If you plan to stay in the north, one popular town to find vacation rentals is Truckee.
Breckenridge, Colorado, is practically synonymous with skiing. Also referred to as Breck, the city’s local ski resort is commonly known for the 3,000 acres of snowy landscape, 187 trails, and variety of ski-in, ski-out lodging. Downtown is a fun place to hang-out with restaurants and breweries that provide sustenance after a long day outdoors. A few great places enjoy a round of drinks after a full day of winter activities are Breckenridge Distillery, Broken Compass Brewing, and Breckenridge Brewery.
As the name implies, Solitude is a peaceful ski paradise not far from Salt Lake City, under 45 minutes away. This year, opening day is on Saturday, November 23rd, so if you’re planning a trip to Salt Lake City over the holidays, a day trip to Solitude Mountain would be worth your time. Cruise downhill, cross country ski, snowshoe, and enjoy this cozy Utah town.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Known as “Ski Town, USA” — Steamboat Springs doesn’t disappoint. Not only will you find awesome conditions for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling at Steamboat Resort, but you can also enjoy hot springs to warm up in the winter and a sleigh ride accompanied by a four-course dinner. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Steamboat visitors are also welcome to enjoy the slopes for a night ski, or a moonlit snowshoe tour.
Recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s best ski resorts, Telluride has 2,000 acres and 148 trails awaiting skiers. The slopes vary in difficulty for people of all skill levels, accommodating everyone from beginners, to advanced riders. Don’t say we didn’t warn you: some of the advanced slopes can be very challenging. The vertical drops in this ski area give you some serious bragging rights if you’re able to conquer them!
Colorado has its fair share of ski resorts and towns, but there’s one particular place that upholds a reputation for being the “King of American Ski Resorts.” Come one, come all — and feast yourselves at the magnificence of Vail Mountain, the primo destination for skiing and snowboarding. Blankets of snow, rugged mountaintops, and noteworthy skiing put Vail high on the ski map. Vail is ahead of the game, with this year’s slopes opening to the public on Friday, November 15th.