Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you have to hide in your home and wait out the freezing temps. Seize the wintry weather and seek out some ultra-cool vacation destinations this season. These 5 cities are best known for their winter adventures and snowy escapades – and better yet, they’re just a quick plane ride away. Don’t forget to pack your warmest coat though, you’re going to need it where you’re going!
The best time to visit Aspen is actually in the winter, from December to February. The quintessential ski town comes alive when it's buried under fresh powder, and its slopes are some of the best in the world. It is truly a winter’s playground – with snow-activities galore, the finest restaurants and bars, breweries, spas, and shops – there’s no chance of getting bored in Aspen.
Situated on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is best known for being a winter sport Mecca, with some of the best ski hills available. Even off the hill, there is no shortage of outdoor excursions like snowshoeing, dog sled adventures, sleigh rides, or ice climbing. In the evening, stay warm by a crackling fire, soak away your soreness in a hot tub, enjoy exciting après ski entertainment, delicious dining selections, and be sure not to miss the extraordinary alpenglow behind Lone Peak.
Offering a world-class ski experience, Park City has not one but two phenomenal resorts – Deer Valley and Park City Mountain. Together, these two provide over 7,300 acres of snow covered terrain to explore however you choose. Located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City Airport, Park City is easily accessible, even in the snowiest of conditions. Renowned Sundance Film Festival is held here each year, plus, the city is home to the world’s only ski-in distillery. With hot-air balloon adventures and signature drinks, you are sure to have a memorable vacation in Park City.
Whistler, BC provides an experience unlike any other. You can spend the day adventuring their dual resorts, and return to the charming small town vibe of the chalet-style village in the evening. Providing adventure in the form of snowshoeing, skiing, tubing, or climbing, Whistler has something for everyone. There is a sense of calm comfort with an added touch of luxury in Whistler Village. And if you have enough energy from the day’s activities, there is a multitude of nightlife options to choose from.
Jackson Hole captures a lost beauty, where modern society and the wild west collide. The rugged western vibe paired with a surprisingly refined food scene make Jackson well worth visiting. Obviously the skiing is the star of the show, with a major reputation among those who exist solely for powder days, but there are numerous other snowy activities to take part in. Ice skating, tubing, cross-country skiing, Jackson Hole has it all. Plus, the evening activities of dinner sleigh rides, and delicious drinks make the destination the perfect place to stay and play.
So whether you cherish the slopes or live for the après ski life, these getaways have what you need to make the most of this winter weather. What are you waiting for? Book your flight, pack your bag (including your delightfully warm but incredibly light Boberck jacket) and head out for your wintertime adventure.
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