Vail is not just a stop on a tour, Vail is a final destination. Vail is a lifestyle. Vail is one of the most well-known and luxurious skiing destinations in the United States, if not the world. Modeled after the Swiss town of Zermatt, Vail Village, the ski-in-ski-out epicenter of Vail’s shopping and restaurant scene, is conveniently located a short ski away from Golden Peak and the beginner school and ski lift. Like everything else in Vail, it is large and impeccably appointed. Once at Vail, visitors can park their cars in the garage and hop on the local, free public shuttles to get around the large expanse of Vail’s bases. Ensconced by the majestic peaks of the Rockies, Vail is not merely a skier/rider’s white dream, it’s also a cultural hub with tons of activities for kids, fine dining restaurants, European-inspired luxury accommodations, alpine-chic shopping, nature discovery center and museums.
Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest ski resort, with a total of 42 ski runs. Much of the resort’s popularity comes from what it has to offer away from the slopes, both in the resort village and in the nearby town of Collingwood: a great range of hotels, spas, restaurants and other family and apres-ski activities. But the snowsports are, of course, the main draw, particularly for beginner and intermediate skiers, and the mountains boasts Ontario’s highest vertical.
Beaver Creek is an iconic ski resort in Vail Valley, Colorado, combining high-end resort facilities with terrific terrain and trails to suit every ability. There are three on-mountain villages with a host of amenities between them, and some of the best restaurants of any U.S. ski resort. The resort is also extremely family friendly and has a weekly program of activities for kids, from ranger-guided ski trips to firelit storytelling sessions.
Roundtop Mountain is a highly accessible ski resort in southeast Pennsylvania, as it’s only 1.5 hours from Baltimore and 2 hours from Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Moreover, the majority of its 14 or so trails are suitable for beginner or intermediate skiers, so it’s a great place to learn and, with its large snow tubing park, ideal for a relaxed family ski outing. It also works as a day-trip from the surrounding area, to brush off the rust of an extended absence from the slopes or to freestyle in the terrain park.
Saddleback is a remote ski resort located in the pristine Rangeley Lakes region of Maine. The two nearest airports, Portland and Bangor International, are each three hours from the resort, so getting to it will require some driving. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are limited gas stations on some of the routes there. But this very inaccessibility is a huge part of Saddleback’s draw.
There are so many things to love about the Fernie Alpine Ski Resort. It’s perched high up in the spectacular Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is said to have the best powder of any resort along British Columbia’s legendary “Powder Highway.” Among its mighty 2500 acres of skiable terrain are five bowls, 140 runs and swathes of off-piste territory for the more advanced to explore. It’s also popular with families and has a highly regarded ski school. And, miraculously, the slopes are reasonably uncluttered, too.
One of the country’s oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl grew out of the rich industrial period of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the development of the Lincoln Highway, the rural family friendly tradition of winter carnivals. The peaks that Sugar Bowl sits atop blossomed in the age of Charlie Chaplin, who filmed The Gold Rush on the snowy drifts of Mt. Lincoln, and Walt Disney, who lent an economic hand to the development of this Northern California gem.
Crabbe Mountain is New Brunswick’s premier skiing destination. Just 50 kilometers north of Fredericton, and only an hour from the Maine border, Crabbe Mountain offers dozens of ski runs and 853 feet of vertical with trails suitable for skiers of all levels. The ski area also has 30km of alpine skiing trails and two terrain parks.
Door County comprises the entirety of Door Peninsula, a scenic, 55-mile long peninsula with almost 300 miles of shoreline that’s surrounded by the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. When not exploring its many charming towns or covered bridges, visitors to Door County can check out some of its great wineries. The heart of Wisconsin’s wine country, Door County boasts some of the Midwest’s finest wines, and has a little something extra up its sleeve, too: Wisconsin cheese for a perfect pairing.
With great weather year round and a beautiful coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder that Alabama is such a popular destination for golfing getaways. All throughout the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach region are beautiful, lush green golf courses, many of which are considered to be some of the best golf courses in the Southeastern United States. There’s no shortage of sand nearby (beaches, of course, not those pesky sand dunes), so when you’re not on the green you can hit the beach or relax back by the pool at your resort.