Best ski destinations

Best Ski Destinations To Visit This Winter

For many people, this time of year means frigid temps, short days, and, now that the holidays are over, back to the grinding work week. For others, these long winter months bring a new sense of adventure! If you don’t live near snowy slopes, it can be a great idea to break up the cold winter months with a quick trip to a resort or colder climate. Booking a ski trip or other winter activity vacation can get your head out of the gloom and invigorate your spirits to help you coast through winter until spring. Living near mountains or having winter activities readily available to you doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on finding the best ski destinations, though. Check out some of our favorite and most interesting options for booking a ski trip below. 

Skiing in the alps
Looking for a unique, bucket list item worthy, ski vacation destination to get your head out of the office this winter? Check out some of these awesome ideas for the snow bunnies amongst us!

Best Ski Destinations for a Winter Getaway

  • Big Sky, Montana – With more than 5,850 skiable acres of gorgeous terrain, this destination is touted as having the biggest skiing in America. It has the most consistent fresh snow and powder dumps in the entire Northern Rocky Mountains. The best part (or worst depending on your perspective) is that it’s a bit remote, so the slopes won’t be packed with people. Fly in through Bozeman, Montana and settle in for some cozy, quiet, winter fun. 
  • Zermatt, Switzerland – You’ve heard of Matterhorn Mountain, right?  You may be familiar with the Matterhorn at California’s Disneyland but did you know it’s based on a real destination in Switzerland? In this cute and cozy ski town, the scenery is absolute perfection. The ski area is interlinked across the Italian border, so you can dip your toes into some international and adventure travel, too.
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: The cozy town of Zermatt, Switzerland has the perfect backdrop! Check out Matterhorn Mountain and the surrounding slopes and plan your perfect ski trip
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming – A more intimate cold and snowy ski trip might take you to Jackson Hole, a place where the off slope and trailblazing is a fun way to enjoy your ski time. There are plenty of established runs too and slopes that appeal to all skill levels. It’s not a big city with a packed nightlife, but dining is good with some quality eateries – locally sourced elk and game are always a fun new experience to try.
  • St. Mortiz, Switzerland – This gorgeous little town nestled in the Swiss Alps can boast about being the home of the Winter Olympics…twice! With a modern feel, St. Moritz offers you  the finest and most convenient accommodations at hand along with instant access to some historic slopes. Need to decompress after hitting the slopes all day? Check out the mineral springswhich have been in use for more than 3,000 years! 
  • Crested Butte, Colorado – Getting to Crested Butte takes a bit of commuting time, but it’s totally worth it! A quaint little mountain town, it’s got a fantastic historic edge and the dining and lodging is to die for. It is home to a pretty impressive ski academy, too that specializes in skill levels from beginners all the way up to experts looking to push their limits. You can stay in this cozy little town, or at the base of the mountain. If you feel like taking in a bit of scenery on your way to the slopes, you can stay in Gunnison. You’ll likely have to drive through there anyway on your way up the mountain.
Colorado ski trip
Crested Butte is a cute and quiet mountain town nestled in the Colorado Rockies. You’ll get to experience the slopes, shopping, dining, and a plethora of other winter activities.
  • Salzburg, Austria – Perhaps most memorable for being the backdrop to The Sound of Music, this gorgeous ski town has a ton to offer. If you’re only interested in the slopes, the condition of Salzburg’s slopes have a high class reputation. Hot springs are also available for your enjoyment, not to mention all the historic landmarks, fine dining establishments, and other fun activities to partake in.
  • Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – Cozy and cute!  You’ll probably take a deep relaxing breath the moment you lay eyes on this quaint French-speaking territory. They’ve got the appeal of a major resort, with 755 acres of slopes, boutique shopping, delicious dining, and even winter sports events like the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup.
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Head up to Canada and check out Mont-Tremblant, a booming resort town with all the cozy winter amenities you’d expect from your ski trip destination!
  • Sun Valley, Idaho – You could splash a little American history into your destination vacation. We thought this iconic place should make our list of best ski destinations to visit since it was the very first winter resort vacation destination in the U.S.! Founded in the late 1930’s,Sun Valley also boasts being the very first resort to install chair lifts. It can be a little pricey, and lodging isn’t abundant, but the views and brisk excitement will be well worth it!

Now that you’re equipped with some really great ideas, booking a ski trip is your next step. Due to the implementation of Real ID, you’ll want to ensure you have the correct form of ID to get you on a plane, regardless of whether you’re flying domestically or internationally. If it’s a passport you need, make sure you’ve got a certified copy of your birth certificate so you can get started on your passport application. We hope your ski trip is just the ticket to get your head back in the game and get the office wiggles out of your system!

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