One of the best parts about the winter season is snow skiing! There is nothing like the adrenaline rush of smashing down a challenging mountain, the comfort of lodge hot cocoa, and the sense of serenity in a late-night hot tub soak.

Deciding which ski resorts to adventure can be difficult. From the powdery slopes of Canada and Europe to our very own Colorado and California resorts, there are just so many great options to choose from! So, I have put together a brief guide of diverse ski resorts to help you get started on your winter wonderland plans.

Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont: These two mountains cater to both adrenaline junkies and bunny slope beginners. Mount Mansfield is home to Vermont’s highest peak with famous double black diamond “Front Four” and Spruce Peak has more beginner/intermediate trails that lackadaisical skiers will enjoy. Then, you and your family can relax after a long day of skiing on a twilight dog sledding tour!

Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, California: Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is the second largest ski resort in Lake Tahoe catering to all ski levels. Likewise, Squaw has great group and individual lessons for your little ones, leaving you free to roam California’s great mountain range as you please. On days that you may choose to not enjoy its powdery trails, you can go ice-skating on the Olympic Ice Pavilion, shop in the log cabin inspired Squaw Village, or enjoy a spa day at one of the many luxurious resorts around the mountain.

Summit County in Colorado: The area serves home to a large concentration of ski resorts, giving you the freedom to try out a different mountain everyday if you so please! The most popular resorts are Breckinridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone. With tons of great deals you can easily try them all.

Whistler Valley in British Columbia, Canada: Canada is known for its extensive and beautiful ski resorts and Whistler remains one of the country’s best! Besides its pristine mountain terrain, Whistler is known for its numerous outdoor activities. Go to the
extreme with heli skiing and snowboarding and cross-country skiing or have some family fun tubing on the Coca-Cola Tube Park, horse-drawn sleigh rides, or dog sledding to name just a few.

Chamonix Ski Resort in Chamonix Valley, France: Home of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the Chamonix is known as “the most famous ski resort.” Located at the base of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont-Blanc, it’s has a run with an exhilarating 9,000 foot vertical drop and another 13 mile run. Its pine forests also offer beginner runs through the trees.


-Emily Freeman

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