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Winter wonderland vacations
Vail Village
Photo credit: Vail Resorts

Best ski resorts

After surviving a long, hot summer, winter is finally just around the corner. It's time to put away the tanks and flip-flops and pull out the cozy sweaters and fuzzy boots.

Winter vacations are some of the most beautiful and adventurous out there. Outstanding views, snow-covered mountains, warm fires and steamy hot cocoa are just some of the luxuries. In addition to this, winter provides the ultimate outdoor adventure — skiing.

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Vail,

Colorado

Vail is the largest single-mountain resort in the country, providing over 5,200 acres of skiable slopes. Skiers gather in the evenings for drinks, dining and nightlife at Vail Village, which sits at the base of the mountain. Vail is prestigious, luxurious, and world-class, perfect for those looking to dine and unwind in style.

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Telluride,
Colorado

Telluride is the pedestrian's dream ski resort. Its old town is connected to another town, Mountain Village, by a free gondola that runs until midnight. Between the rustic charm of the town, the enchanting views of the mountains and more than 1,700 acres of skiing, Telluride is by far one of the best ski towns there is.

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Park City,
Utah

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Park City Mountain Resort is a real-life winter wonderland for families. Their motto is "The family that bombs down mountains together stays together," and they mean it. With an incredible kids' program, it's no wonder Park City was voted best family-friendly resort in North America by onthesnow.com.

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Snowbird,

Utah

Utah is known for its extreme skiing and luxurious resorts. Snowbird averages 500 inches of snowfall each year with 85 runs to accommodate beginners and experts alike. The resort offers 15 restaurants, five bars and a full-service spa, making it a perfect couples' getaway

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Jackson Hole,
Wyoming

Jackson Hole has been described as one of the most photogenic locations on the planet. In addition to its beauty, Jackson Hole boasts brand-new hotels, a wide variety of dining options and 2,500 acres of ski runs. If elegant charm is what you're looking for, look no further than the wondrous Jackson Hole.

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Aspen,
Colorado

Aspen Mountain has been around since 1947, and with all it has to offer, it's easy to see why. Aspen provides world-class skiing, exquisite dining and is the number one choice of the rich and famous. The terrain is fantastically groomed for the intermediate skiers and even houses hundreds of acres of terrain on the backside of the mountain for the experts. Planning a winter vacation in Aspen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't forget.

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Comments on "10 Best ski resorts for the upcoming season"

Katie November 21, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Great read! I'm really hoping to go to Colorado this year for some skiing. Both Vail and Aspen look awesome. Thanks for the list!

Amy October 25, 2012 | 4:56 PM

I loved this! My husband and I were just talking the other night about how we want to take a ski trip this winter. I'm definitely going to look further into a few of the places mentioned here. They all look wonderful! Thanks!

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