What better sport could winter possibly provide? Anyone who claims to be a ski enthusiast or even a relaxed snow bunny knows how addicting this sport can be. Although most of these mountains can be explored when the snow is melted, nothing beats seeing them cloaked in their white splendor. Some of our mountains are skier and boarder friendly whereas others are designated towards one or the other. Either way, if you love to carve out your trail, powder and fresh mountain air, you will love our Top Ten Ski/Snowboard Destinations.
The Banff area is found in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. One of the many reasons why snow enthusiasts love coming to Banff is because you can actually hit three terrains in one vacation. Whether you spend time at Sunshine Village, Ski Banff at Norquay or Lake Louise, you will find the perfect trail... or trails. Check out our list of Lake Louise hotels. Of course, one of the favorites for anyone coming here is the impressive (and luxurious) Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Canada has this reputation for being cold but the temperature and humidity combined help make BC a fantastic place to go skiing. Whether you love to ski, board or even heli-ski, these mountains are perfect for you. The primary reason for coming to Whistler/Blackcomb is to ski but the incredible nightlife, shopping and fantastic restaurants also help the cause. Located in the heart of all the action lies the fantastic Summit Lodge. Although the action outside will draw you out, this hotel will become your home away from home. Other Whistler/Blackcomb hotels can be found here.
One of the many highlights for visiting Big Boulder is the variety of activities you can enjoy. Choose to ski or board on a host of great runs or go tubing with the family in the specially designated area. If you still need more, you will be happy to know that the nearby Jack Frost Ski Area is partnered with Big Boulder. Stay at the Ramada Inn Pocono in Lake Harmony while skiing Big Boulder. Or, you could also stay at one of the Blakeslee hotels, which are near Jack Frost.
As one of the best ski mountains in the world, Big Sky lives up to all its hype. With the Lone Peak as its crowning jewel, the ski and board runs found here are definite challenges for even the pros. However, there are also a good number of runs for those who are just starting out. Together with Moonlight Basin you can purchase one lift ticket but enjoy both ski destinations. Between the two, you can ski over 5,000 acres of trails. Talk about getting your money's worth. HotelsByCity has a great selection of Big Sky hotels for you to enjoy.
There are over 2,500 acres of trails for you to explore in Jackson Hole. Couple that with an annual snowfall of over 450 inches and you have one fantastic ski destination. You boarders out there will be very happy that the entire mountain is open to you as well. With a nickname like the 'Big One', how can you go wrong? Located at the base of Jackson Hole is Teton Village. Your nights will be filled with activities. This village though has truly maintained its western charm all the while offering the very best of everything. Check out the list of fantastic hotels we have for you to explore.
Mammoth Mountain is a fantastic place to explore a different side of California. You will have a lot of ground to cover while skiing and snow boarding here. Plus, Mammoth Mountain has a very long ski season, giving you plenty of time to come back again and again. Just don't forget your sunblock and sunglasses. The Californian sun still shines close to 300 days a year... raccoon eyes anyone? Try out the Village at Mammoth Lodging or one of the other nearby hotels while skiing Mammoth.
Skiing in Utah is a must for anyone who loves the sport and Alta is one of its best. Although there are great runs for the beginners, the pros will love skiing Alta's challenging trails. Plus, the added bonus for skiing in Alta is that it won't take a mortgage payment to bring your family here... unless your mortgage is for a one bedroom. Sorry boarders, you will have to sit this mountain out as it is currently designated only for skiers. Located at the base of the hills lies the charming Goldminer's Daughter Hotel. Its location near the slopes also makes it one of the most desired places to stay.
The Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy skiing. The trails are well taken care of, which makes it easier for you to focus in on your technique. The night skiing on Mount Mansfield is a definite must. If you would prefer to save the trails for the daylight hours you can enjoy a lovely gondola ride that soars high above the snow below. In addition to Mount Mansfield, you can also enjoy Spruce Peak and Toll House. One of Stowe's most popular hotels is the lovely Green Mountain Inn. There are other wonderful hotels in the area as well.
Offering you 146 trails of impressive ski trails, Breckenridge quickly becomes a favorite for anyone who tries out their runs. This mountain is also a huge favorite for snowboarders and Freeway Terrain Park is the envy of any other snowboard destination. Breckenridge receives well over 1.6 million skiers and boarders every year. Plus, the town of Breckenridge itself is another fantastic reason to come. Its historic buildings, shopping venues and fantastic dining establishments help make this a fantastic destination. Breckenridge has a number of hotels for you to choose from. If you would like to be at the center of all the action booking at the Doubletree By Hilton Breckenridge is a great choice.
As one of the best ski destinations in Canada, Mont Tremblant can be split into four areas - The Edge, Sunny Side and the North and South Sides. There is a mélange of trails for both boarders and skiers. Although a vacation here can get a bit pricey, it is worth experiencing. If you need a break from all of this glorious snow, Mont Tremblant is also only an hour away from Montreal, one of Canada's best cities. The Le Westin Resort & Spa is one of Mont Tremblant's finest. In addition to having the lifts at your front door, the people who work here are eager to please. Other fantastic Mont Tremblant hotels can be found here.