As the cold weather of the winter season has arrived and greeted several states throughout the country, ski enthusiasts all over the country are gearing up for the much-anticipated ski season. At a time when most of us head indoors to warm up with a hot drink, skiers are packing up their gear and researching the best places to hit the slopes. Whether you are looking for steep mountains and a high snowfall rate, or are looking for areas with the best shopping and restaurants to visit after a full day of skiing, the following are just a few of the most popular destinations throughout the United States that are sure to accommodate your needs.
Park City, Utah
Home to the 2002 Winter Ski Olympics, Park City, Utah has consistently ranked as one of the top destinations for skiers and snowboarders. With two big resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain on either side of the town, Park City delivers with tons of available trails to explore. After merging with another nearby resort in 2015, Park City Mountain has made it in the rankings as the largest ski resort in the country, with over 7,300 acres of land. Head into the historic mining town after a day on the slopes and enjoy the plentiful variety of restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops.
Mammoth Mountain, California
California may not be the first place that comes to your mind when thinking about snow-covered mountains. However, take one trip to Mammoth Mountain, just southeast of Yosemite National Park, and you’ll understand why this unique destination attracts skiers every year. At an average of 400 inches of snow each season, Mammoth Mountain is home to the highest peak in California. If you are looking for an added workout, Mammoth launched their uphill policy this year, which allows skiers to climb up the mountain instead of taking the lift. Enjoy the picturesque views of the backcountry and the several events held at the mountain throughout the year.
With a multitude of ski towns and resorts scattered throughout the state, skiing in Colorado should be at the top of every skier’s bucket list. There are so many excellent destinations to choose from, so it can be hard to decide where to plan your next trip to in Colorado. Look no further than Breckenridge. Sitting at the base of the Rocky Mountains ten-mile range, Breckenridge, or “Breck” as the locals call it, is a charming mining town known for its tall slopes and busy nightlife. It is one of the most visited resorts in the country and boasts the highest ski lift in North America. Visitors love the delightful small shops, old Victorian houses, and the lively apres ski scene.