Winter is upon us, and ski slopes across America are opening their doors for the winter seasons. With all of the choices available, how do you know which resorts to pick? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best “ski towns” in America. We based the decisions on more than just the quality of the skiing, though. Each of these towns has great slopes, but the towns themselves have plenty to offer non-skiers too.
Park City is a busy place. Annual visitors number nearly a million, and it’s not surprising why. Home to the Sundance Film Festival and incredible cuisine, Park City also offers plenty of skiing and entertainment. Skiers can shred right into the popular High West Distillery & Saloon for craft beer and amazing food. Main Street is only a short jaunt to all of the area’s ski slopes, and many of the resorts offer complimentary transportation to the slopes as well.
Snow skiing in a desert town? Absolutely! This little desert community offers plenty for those looking to ski during the day and hit quaint little museums and art galleries by night. You’ll find fireplaces strewn about the downtown area, making it perfect for evening exploration. Top off your trip with a visit to El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa. Your body will thank you.
If you love beer almost as much as you love snow skiing, Bend is the town for you. The area gets an average of 400 inches of snow, annually! It’s also a major rock climbing destination. After all of that adventure, you can hit up anyone (or all!) of the town’s 14 breweries and multiple restaurants.
Telluride is surrounded by 14,000-foot mountains that offer up 127 different ski trails, multiple terrain parks and an annual snowfall of more than 300 inches. The town itself only has a population of 2,500, so if you’re looking for a more laid back trip, this could be the place. You’ll also find an ice climbing school and plenty of great restaurants.
This North Tahoe town gets an impressive 400 inches of snow each year, making it perfect for skiing. In fact, the area was home to the first Winter Olympics in 1960, and today you’ll find 20 different ski resorts within 10 miles of the town that offer both downhill and cross-country skiing. As with all of the towns on the list, you can also find some fantastic dining.