If you love winter activities, then you’re probably going to spend a vacation at one of America’s ski resorts. However, have you skied or snowboarded the same spot over and over? This winter, why not try a bucket list spot, with new terrain and deep snow? Besides, it’s been a long tough year and you and your family deserve some extra pampering. The following are some of the most famous ski resorts for your bucket list holiday.
Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 59716
There’s a good reason why it’s called Big Sky. After all, it’s still known as the Biggest Skiing in America. With over 5,800 skiable acres, Big Sky offers skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels. In fact, the Montana resort has nearly 900 acres for beginners. A host of activities are available, including ski lessons, snowmobile tours and sleigh rides.
Big Sky Resort Lodging
The resort offers several lodging options for your winter vacation. Among the suggested lodging for you are Huntley Lodge and Summit Hotel. Also opening later this month is the luxurious Montage Big Sky. The stunning new property features 139 guestrooms and suites, along with several impressive new dining options.
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99 Ski Area Road
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Compared to larger resorts like Big Sky and Vail, Bretton Woods is quite small. On the other hand, it’s been ranked No. 1 on the East Coast for snow, grooming and scenery. Moreover, it ranked as the No. 12 World’s Best Ski Resort just last year. With 464 skiable acres, it’s New Hampshire’s largest and features something for everyone. For instance, you can cross country ski across one of the East Coast largest trails. Of course, there are other options, like snowshoeing and ice skating.
Bretton Woods Lodging
Part of the attraction to ski at Bretton Woods is its lodging. Indeed, the majestic Omni Mount Washington is among the finest hotels in New Hampshire. It’s also the perfect après ski setting for drinks and dining. However, this historic hotel is not your only option. Specifically, you can stay at the new Rosebrook Lodge, with 59 new rooms and upscale dining.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
3395 Cody Lane
Teton Village, WY 83025
Set within the breathtaking Grand Tetons, this resort is consistently named among the nation’s best. In detail, Jackson Hole has a skiable area of 2,500 acres along with 3,000 acres of its famed backcountry. Although the resort is practical for any ski area, it’s famous for having the country’s longest continuous vertical rise. On the other hand, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is also known to be quite expensive. But it’s important to realize it’s been named the No. 1 Resort in North America for seven consecutive years.
Teton Village Lodging
In Teton Village, you have a variety of lodging options to consider. Notably are Teton Mountain Lodge, HotelTerra and Snake River Lodge. In addition are Caldera House and Four Seasons Resort. Even more lodging is available in Jackson Hole, like Hotel Jackson and The Cloudveil.
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1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Backed with a sparkling new name, Palisades Tahoe is ranked among America’s Top Three Best Ski Resorts. Formerly Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Palisades is distinguished as a former host of the Winter Olympics. With 3,600 acres of skiable area, it’s perfect for beginners and intermediates, as well as advanced skiers. Palisades Tahoe is similarly famed for its chairlifts like KT-22, yielding stunning views of the Tahoe Basin.
Palisades Tahoe Lodging
Your top choice for lodging is the Village at Palisades Tahoe Hotel. Set in the heart of the Village, there are 186 guestrooms and suites. You have nine rooms types to choose from, including standard rooms and studio suites. If you’re traveling with a larger group, there are more spacious suites, some with bunk beds. Additionally lodging can be booked at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
If Park City Mountain Resort isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. After all, it’s America’s largest ski resort and certainly among the most popular. With 7,300 acres of skiable area, it offers 324 runs including the 3.5 mile Homerun. Although equal in acreage to Big Sky, Park City has more lifts and holds seven terrain parks. The site of the 2002 Winter Olympics is acclaimed as a family friendly resort and offers plenty of beginner and intermediate ski areas.
Park City Lodging
Within the resort are several lodging options for you and your family. For instance you have luxury hotels and an abundance of vacation rentals. Among hotel recommendations for you are Hotel Park City and Grand Summit Hotel. But you shouldn’t overlook the Waldorf Astoria Park City and Stein Eriksen Deer Valley.
97 Lower Mall
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
There’s always the world famous Aspen Mountain. There’s also the family friendly Buttermilk Ski Area too. But for your bucket list, the choice in the Aspen area should be Snowmass Mountain. After all, it’s the largest of the four local ski areas and it’s absolutely family friendly. In fact, it’s larger than the other three combined. Moreover, Snowmass features the most vertical ski areas in the entire country. Coupled with ongoing events all winter, you’ll have the complete package.
Like Aspen village, you have outstanding lodging for your stay in Snowmass. In brief, your choices should include Viceroy Snowmass and the new Viewline Resort. However, you have more choices, like Wildwood and Timberline Condominiums. On the other hand, if you literally insist in staying in Aspen, you’ve got some great options. To illustrate are five star properties like The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome and St. Regis Aspen.
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Stowe Mountain Ski Resort
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
If you’re looking for a White Christmas, then your top getaway should be Stowe Mountain. Besides, the beloved holiday film portrays a fictional Vermont town. If that’s not enough, Stowe Mountain Resort is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Therefore, not only can you enjoy one of the finest resorts on the East Coast, but also special events. This includes music and Christmas tree lighting at the Spruce Peak Lights Festival.
Stowe Mountain Lodging
One drawback to Stowe Mountain Resort is your limited lodging options nearby. While there is the Lodge at Spruce Peak, most others are closer to the village of Stowe. Nevertheless, there are many outstanding choices. Take for example the Trapp Family Lodge, famous for the film “The Sound of Music”. Another excellent hotel to consider is Topnotch Resort as is The Stowehof.
Sun Valley Resort
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, ID 83353
For your bucket list, what could be better than visiting America’s oldest destination resort? But Sun Valley Resort is more than just a historical attraction. Indeed, it was just named the top North American ski resort by SKI Magazine. And for the second consecutive year. Sun Valley offers over 2,100 acres of skiable area and its longest run is three miles. Trail difficulty is more evenly divided for beginners and intermediates. But there are sizable areas for advanced and expert levels, particularly on Bald Mountain.
Sun Valley Lodging
For lodging, the legendary Sun Valley Lodge should definitely be on your bucket list. That’s because it’s a five-star property and even more, America’s first destination ski lodge. Even better is the fact that the 108 guestrooms are now larger and completely remodeled. Other quality spots to stay are Knob Hill Inn and Limelight Hotel.
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Telluride Ski Resort
565 Mountain Village Blvd.
Telluride, CO 81435
There’s a reason why Telluride is listed here, rather than the more famous Vail. Telluride is certainly smaller in acreage and there aren’t nearly as many lodges. On the other hand, Telluride is more affordable and with a far better reputation amongst visitors. Additionally, Telluride is more family friendly while offering some challenging runs for advanced skiers. Furthermore, it’s been named the No. 1 Ski Resort multiple times by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
You have several top-rated lodging choices to choose from. Nevertheless, some are particularly expensive albeit quite noteworthy. For example, there are Hotel Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge, Lumière with Inspirato and Auberge Madeline Hotel. However, there are definitely other noteworthy places to stay. Take for instance Beaumont Hotel, Hotel Telluride and Dunton Town House.
About The Author
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com.