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.
Glide down the smooth, never-ending slopes and check out this guide to the best resorts out there!
Beaver Creek is the perfect family-friendly ski vacation to take this winter. The slopes meet a quaint, intimate village at the bottom, providing five-star cuisine, decadent shops, world-class ice skating and even fresh cookies. With ski classes offered to all ages, beginners and experts alike, and the famous World Cup Birds of Prey run (for experts only), this is a trip meant for the entire family.
Cataloochee Ski Resort, North Carolina
Located in the high mountains of North Carolina, Cataloochee has been around for 52 years and has 17 fun and exciting slopes and trails to experience. With lift tickets as low as $39 for the day, Cataloochee offers some of the most affordable prices when it comes to East Coast skiing.
Travel north to Vermont where you’ll find Killington — the largest ski resort in the east. Known as “The Beast,” Killington offers variety unlike any other. With six mountains and 140 trails, dog sledding, live bands and festivals, sleigh rides and more, you could easily spend a week here and not run out of things to do and explore.
Voted best place to ski and snowboard by Sierra Sun, Squaw Valley is just a stones’ throw away from gorgeous Lake Tahoe. If waiting in lines is what you fear most, this is the place for you. Squaw Valley has the most technologically advanced lift systems in all of North America, meaning your time will be spent exploring the six peaks and 3,600 skiable acres. This was also home to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.