It’s winter, and that’s great news for skiing fans everywhere. If you’re looking to get away and hit the slopes, now is your time. Here are some of the best skiing destinations for 2017.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Lots of online publications deem Jackson Hole the best destination for skiers, and it’s easy to see why. Nestled between Grand Teton National Park and huge swatch of dedicated wilderness — and not too far from beautiful Yellowstone National Park — Jackson is a true getaway destination.
Base yourself at the foot of the mountains in the cute town of Jackson, or stay at one of the ski resorts at higher elevation. In addition to the slopes, here’s perhaps the best thing about Jackson Hole: unlike Aspen and much of the Rockies, it’s a bit under-the-radar. You’ll find everything you need without finding yourself stuck in a tourist trap.
While places like Jackson Hole cater to experienced skiers, there are tons of places beginners can go and still get the full ski resort experience. Breckenridge is one of those places. Located in a ski-heavy section of the Rockies west of Denver, Breckenridge is a resort town with all the trimmings one could ask for.
The town of Breckenridge itself is a beautiful draw, offering shops, restaurants and even a popular brewery.
Whistler, British Columbia
If you’re based in the Pacific Northwest, you’re a lucky skier. Less than two hour’s drive north of Vancouver is Whistler, one of the preeminent ski areas in the U.S. and Canada. The British Columbia destination was home to much of the alpine events in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In Whistler, you’ll ski with folks from around the world. Whistler is particularly popular with skiers from Australia and Europe, giving it an international feel while still being just 64 miles from the U.S. border.
This downhill gem is located just a stone’s throw from Salt Lake City. Snowbird and adjacent Alta share Little Cottonwood Canyon, which receives a whopping 500-plus inches of snow every year, so you know that a good snow pack is never a problem.
Snowbird is well-known for its long tram ride that offers a sweeping view of the mountains and trails. One lift even goes through a tunnel blasted in the mountain, which was the first of its kind.
Like Breckenridge, Telluride is in Colorado, but it’s a far more out-of-the-way destination, situated about halfway between Durango and Grand Junction. Some say the town’s name has its origins in the phrase “To Hell You Ride,” which tells you something about the local character. But don’t let that discourage you — Telluride offers great skiing for all skill levels, including beginners.
Telluride is a cool town year-round, with popular summer festivals and fascinating mining ruins that make for spectacular hikes. There’s also the natural beauty of nearby Bridal Veil Falls.
A retreat to the mountains for a reprieve from daily life and some great skiing is a winter tradition for many. Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, we hope you enjoy wherever you hit the slopes this winter.
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