We spread the word and did the research, gathering up options across the U.S.A. for the best ski resorts. From budget to luxury, from family- and dog-friendly resorts to those perfect for foodies–we’ve got you covered for the ideal snow-filled vacation on the slopes–no matter what makes you happy.
Family-friendly: Windham Mountain Resort, Windham, New York
Less than three hours north of New York City in the Catskills, Windham Mountain is the ideal family vacay spot. A range of housing ops includes the Winwood Inn, as well as condos and private homes. A free shuttle brings guests to and from the resort that includes 285 skiable acres and 54 trails. Youth workshops for skiing include Mini Mountaineers (ages 5-6) and Mountaineers (ages 7-12), and snowboarding lesson programs range from ages 5-16.
There’s also a special season pass for college students. For those too young to hit the slopes, Play-Care is available for ages 2 to 6 so parents can take group or private lessons or just get out there and ski that 1,600-foot vertical drop. And for those who want to break out of the daily grind and their early bird routine? No problem. Night skiing is available.
Budget: Crystal Mountain Resort, Crystal Mountain, Washington
Affordability and accessibility rate high on a lot of skiers’ lists. We get it. Modest prices don’t have to mean modest fun.
A short day trip from Seattle, budget-friendly Crystal Mountain doesn’t skimp on acreage–you’ll find over 2,600 acres for skiing. There’s no shortage of activities either. Along with skiing, visitors can ride the Mt. Rainer Gondola for a vertical ride of 2,400 feet to the summit. The reward? Stunning views of the Cascade Mountains.
The resort recommends scouting tickets a week or more in advance for the best deals on their lift tickets. Check out the Deals & Packages for first-timers, group, and military discounts.
Luxury: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming
“The Big One,” as the mountain in Jackson Hole is known, boasts more than a 4,000 vertical drop and is situated just 30 minutes from the airport. Known for world-class skiing and all things luxury, you can ski in and out from hotels in Teton Village. This includes the 5-start Four Seasons where patrons chill out, literally, sipping bubbles at Fahrenheit 47, an igloo-style Champagne bar.
The stunning Grand Teton National Park is nearby but you’ll feel like you’re in the lap of luxury as opposed to the great outdoors with a plethora of spa options such as SpaTerre at the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa that makes use of element’s found in nature including spring water, mud, and salts. Still need to unwind? Dip into one of the five hot tubs, including a rooftop option.
Cross-Country: Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort, Soda Springs, California
We don’t all dream of an Olympic medal in Downhill. Forget Slalom and Super-G. California’s Royal Gorge is the largest cross-country venue in North America, featuring six trail systems comprised of over 92 trails on 6,000 acres. Situated less than 200-miles from San Francisco and accessible by bus, the Tahoe-area resort with stunning views of the Sierras is sure to wow those who value distance over drop when it comes to skiing. Along with classic XC trails, visitors can skate, ski, and snowshoe. Youth, adult, and private lessons are available, and there are even trails for dogs at $5 a pop.
Foodies & Wine Lovers: Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah
Dining is “an integral part” of the experience according to Deer Valley Resort. With a multitude of options—ranging from casual to upscale–foodies will delight in on-mountain culinary choices, including #1 Zagat-rated restaurant, The Mariposa. It takes fireside dining to an elegant level with chef’s tasting menus and top-notch wine lists. Wine Spectator award-winner, Goldener Hirsch Restaurant, is the place to pair vino with Alpine cuisine. Want to branch out from French reds and California whites? The Bacon Bourbon Hot Chocolate made complete with bacon stir stick screams wintertime culinary indulgence.
Celeb-Centric: Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride, Colorado
If mountain living is good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us. OK, we can dare to dream while we spend a few days at the Telluride Ski Resort. In the off-season, big-screen names, including Oscar winners, gather for the Telluride Film Festival (Is that George Clooney?) but even during snow season the resort attracts the elite who own homes, hit the slopes, and dine here.
Touted as a “terrain for all abilities,” beginners to advanced skiers can enjoy the 360-degree views of the San Juan Mountains. Those with experience can lift and hike to Black Iron Bowl, a ridge with a 1,000-feet drop. Snowbikes, fitted with blades as opposed to wheels, are a fun way to work the mountain, and who knows, you just might run into your fave A-list actor for that coveted selfie.
Bring Fido: Stoweflake, Stowe, Vermont
Rover or Spot or maybe it’s Bacon or Taco, your four-legged friend is family. We get it. And so do the folks at Stoweflake. The 5.3-mile Stowe Rec Path allows canines a scenic way to get their exercise before a well-deserved nap at the mountain resort.
Out and about, you and your pup can take in views of swimming holes (in warmer weather the river water is A-OK for dogs who can swim). Book in advance for a dog-friendly unit (a pet fee of $40 per day applies). Stowe’s is known for being dog-friendly, so you’ll find no shortage of dog walkers and daycare if you go solo and hit the slopes, which averages 300 inches of snow per year.