November 30, 2011
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Snowy Adventures: Top U.S. Ski Destinations

Shwoop, swhoop, shwoop! ‘Tis the season to shred some powder! The late fall weather is rolling in some great storms that are building a great snow base for the early ski/snowboard season.

Even if you’re not an avid skier or snowboarder, the snowy setting is a great holiday destination! While your family takes on the slopes, you are free to relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine and a good read or stroll the resort villages for unique shops!

The United States has many choices for snow resorts, if you’re planning an escape to a winter wonderland, check out some of our top ski destination suggestions!

Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada
Nestled on the California/Nevada border and only hours away from Trilogy Rio Vista, former Olympics host, Lake Tahoe, is home to seven very large and very popular resorts: Squaw Valley USA, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, and Heavenly. Renting a cabin and exploring Lake Tahoe via snowshoe, snow mobile or other activities is a great family get away!

Mammoth Mountain, California
With over 150 trails, 28 chair lifts and 3,500+ acres of skiable area, Mammoth Mountain is a premiere destination for Southern California skiers. Mammoth Mountain is very unique in that many of its trails are unbounded and give you the freedom to swoosh and carve down the mountain freely!

Park City, Utah
Skiers from all over travel to Park City for some of the steepest mountains in the United States. With 500+ inches of average snowfall each season, expansive facilities and perfectly groomed slopes, Park City, Utah, often has more visitors than residents. Check out Park City Mountain Resort here.

Aspen, Colorado
An avid skier probably won’t be able to mention snow without talking about Aspen, Colorado! At Aspen Snowmass, skiers of all levels can tackle four unlinked mountains for 5,000+ acres of skiable area and even more resort areas!

Big Sky, Montana
With over 4,350 feet of vertical drop and six mile long runs, Big Sky Resort in Montana is a must for any snow lover. Lifts run quickly, servicing 20,000 people per hour, eliminating lines! Its signature Lone Mountain reaches an elevation of 11,166 feet with nearly 4,000 skiable acres.

Lake Placid, New York
A premiere east coast snow community, Lake Placid’s heavy snowfall houses some of the best ski runs in the Adirondack Mountains. Lake Placid is a two time Winter Olympic host and home of Whiteface Mountain with the highest vertical drop in the east coast.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite snow adventure is, whether it be skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tubing or snow angel-ing and where your favorite snowy destinations are!