Whether you’re a slope novice or a regular ski bunny, the odds are high that the United States has the perfect ski resort for a weekend winter getaway. Looking for the perfect recommendation? We’ve got your perfect list to reference below:
Located in Mammoth Lakes, California, this mountain is perfect for visiting with a large group. The hill has many different base areas, making it great for all skill levels (but be careful – there’s a reason they call it the Beast!) It also offers lots of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking, and the mountain food and beverage facilities are top notch.
Utah – Wasatch Mountains & Park City
Nestled about 20 minutes outside Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Mountains and Park City contain several of the best ski resorts in the country. Whether you want to challenge yourself at a more difficult mountain like Snowbird (and its skier-only sister mountain, Alta) or work your park skills at snowboarder friendly, Brighton Resort, Utah is is touted as having “the best snow on earth” for a big reason. With endless sunshine and powder, Utah is definitely a ski region everyone needs to visit. Every skier seems to have their preferred mountain in Utah, but other top resorts worth visiting while in the region are The Canyons, Solitude, Park City, and Powder Mountain.
A classic for any skiing enthusiast, Colorado’s famed Aspen isn’t for the faint of heart. Aspen Mountain, also referred to as “Ajax” by locals, has a great offering of trail difficulties – but the amenities offered at the top may make you want to never ski down. Then again, with the charming town center located at the bottom of the mountain, why would you want to ride up?
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
One of the best options for crushing powder on the East Coast, skiing at Snowshoe Mountain is absolutely worth it. So long as the weather cooperates, the long line for the lift is worth it (especially since visiting West Virginia is easier than the West Coast for some). Cup Run is a favorite amongst Snowshoers, and après ski there’s the Tubing Park right next door.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
If you prefer to spend your holidays on a mountain instead of under a tree, Whitefish, Montana is the spot for you. Not only does the town look as if it was taken out of a picture book, but once at the top of the mountain, you get an amazing view of Glacier National Park before skiing down the summit. Plus, the resort staff is notoriously kind and incredibly helpful.
Jackson Hole is long instead of wide, which means that skiers get to choose from several long trails to explore. The terrain makes it a difficult mountain for beginners, but if you would consider yourself intermediate or expert, you’ll be excited at how uncrowded the trails are. (And we hear that riding the tram for the waffles at the top is completely worth it.)
Sure, you could visit Lake Tahoe and explore the outdoors any time of year, but with all of the resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe, you could spend several weekends rotating between them and have a unique (and awesome) experience at each. We confess – we tried to narrow our resort pick to just one, but we couldn’t decide between Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Diamond Peak border the northern tip of the lake while Heavenly Mountain is at the south, but both offer great amenities and gorgeous lake views.