One of the best things about winter is snow season. Get your adrenaline pumping by hitting the slopes and enjoy some incredible scenery while you’re at it. To help you plan your trip, here are the top 8 ski holidays to book this winter.
1. Banff, Canada
Banff is at the top of everyone’s winter bucket list for a reason. This picturesque town oozes charm, offering stunning mountain landscapes, quaint shopping opportunities, and access to a variety of ski resorts to meet your preferences and skill levels. The iconic Lake Louise is the biggest ski resort in Canada with a whopping 1,700 hectares of accessible terrain, Mount Norquay is the perfect option for families with 60 runs and other snow activities like dog sledding or sleigh rides, and Sunshine Village has one of the best off-piste runs in the world, Delirium Dive.
2. Big Sky, Montana
Big Sky is a great all-rounder if you’re looking for a ski resort that has something for everyone. Skiers and snowboarders will be impressed with the 5,800 acres of skiable land, but if you’re not looking to hit the slopes, there’s an array of shops, restaurants, and day spas to fill your days.
3. Park City Mountain, Utah
The beauty of the slopes at Park City Mountain is only rivaled by the villages at its base. Spend days hitting the 330 slopes and the nights exploring the cozy bars and restaurants that line the charming village streets.
4. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is renowned for being a premier ski destination and for good reason – the slopes and facilities are world-class. There are four mountains of slopes so all skill levels are covered, and the region gets snow for half of the year given its high location up in the Rocky Mountains. The ski resort also provides endless entertainment for non-skiers with exceptional culinary experiences and a calendar packed full of events.
5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole offers great facilities for skiing and snowboarding plus so much more. Activities range from snowmobiling and snowshoeing to sleigh rides and ice skating, so you don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy it here. This resort is also a great choice for the adrenaline junkies with heli and cat skiing being popular ways to raise the heart rate.
6. Palisades Tahoe, California
Palisades Tahoe has 6000 acres of skiable terrain over two mountains making it the perfect choice for a winter ski vacation. There’s a total of 34 lifts to transport you around the mountains and help you to find the slopes that best suit your abilities. Palisades is a favorite amongst skiers, possessing a rich history as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and maintaining a vibrant atmosphere today.
7. Whistler, Canada
When it comes to ski resorts, it doesn’t get much better, or bigger, than Whistler. Travelers from across the globe make their way to this impressive destination each snow season to experience the white powder for themselves. While the acres of ski slopes are a drawcard on their own, the magic of Whistler goes beyond the alpine terrain. The appeal lies in the bustle of Whistler Village, the warm fires outside the buzzing bars, the striking mountain scenery that dominates the skyline, and the atmosphere that is as inviting as it is energetic.
8. Big White, Canada
Canada has no shortage of exceptional ski resorts, but Big White is up there with the best. Located in British Columbia, this ski destination has plenty to offer its visitors. From adventure activities such as ice skating and dog sledding to relaxing day spas and an eclectic collection of restaurants, Big White has everything you need for the perfect snow vacation. It has a total of 118 trails and is exceptionally family-friendly, although also has a thriving nightlife for anyone looking to have a drink after a big day on the slopes.
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