If winter means fun in the snow for you, enjoying some time on the ski slopes may be just what you’re after. Check out these top ski destinations in America and make your plans to enjoy some winter exercise and activities.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Located along Wyoming’s western border with Idaho, Jackson Hole is a valley that is created by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the east. The northwestern part of the valley is the location of Grand Teton National Park. For skiing, the resort offers snowboarding and skiing for all ages and all levels of experience.
Big Sky, Montana
Located in southwestern Montana, Big Sky is actually an area and not a town. The area covers parts of two counties and is situated between Bozeman and West Yellowstone. There are two large ski resorts — Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin.
Located in Girdwood, Alaska, the Alyeska Ski Resort is only a few miles (27 to be exact) from the larger city of Anchorage. Mount Alyeska is the largest ski area in the entire state of Alaska and is a part of the Chugach range of mountains. The beginnings of the ski tourism for Alyeska started in the 1950s. A day lodge and the first chairlift was opened in 1959. Because Alyeska is considered to be a very challenging mountain, most of the mountain’s ski areas are for intermediate and advanced skiers. There is a small novice area on the mountain but most of the runs are geared toward those with much more experience.
Vail Ski Resort is another top destination in America. With one of the largest ski mountains in the North American continent, the Vail Ski Resort has been attracting ski tourists since its first opening season in late 1962. In fact, Vail Mountain is the third largest ski mountain, right behind Whistler Blackcomb (in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Big Sky (Big Sky, Montana).
Located in the southwestern part of Colorado, Telluride had its beginnings as a silver mining camp. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is connected to a sister town called Mountain Village, which sits at the base of the ski slopes. The first ski lift was installed in 1972 to kickstart the ski attractions. Since then, Telluride has become a regular destination for ski enthusiasts.
There are several option for ski resorts in the United States and your choice will depend upon how far you want to travel and what accommodations you are looking for. Whether you are wanting to find challenging slopes or easy ones, or if you’re hoping to spend some time on your own or take the whole family, one of these destinations is sure to provide exactly what you’re looking for.
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