Looking for a ski weekend getaway? Top U.S. resorts to visit now
All of this cold weather does not make me want to leave the house, how can -2 degree wind chills motivate you to do anything, but stay snuggled on the couch with some tea?! However, the snow we have been getting has given me a serious ski bunny itch.
I will admit it has been years since I have layered up and hit the slopes, and sadly my last surprise attempt at a ski weekend for my husband was poorly planned bust as Vermont was snowless on their opening weekend. The abnormally high temperatures we have had the previously few weekend stopped them from even creating snow!
However, this all being said we have been dying to plan a day or weekend trip somewhere for some quality skiing and snowboarding. As an east coast girl, I have been to almost every mountain in Vermont, but my husband has been used to a much different (and intense) riding quality, so I have been researching some west coast locations and thought I’d share my top 3 picks for a long ski weekend!
Whether you are a hard core skier/snowboarder, or prefer to stay in the lodge sipping cocktails by the fire; all of these resorts all offer the same thing: top quality trails, stunning scenery, nod to classic European alpine architecture, charm, fantastic food, and great shopping!
BEAVER CREEK RESORT, CO
150 TRAILS – AVG SNOWFALL 325″
Beaver Creek is an alpha dog on the luxury ski trip circuit, where else can you ski a World Cup race course rated No. 3 in the world? However, it is all about the luxury here.
The runs are meticulously groomed corduroy with three distinct base areas which boasts mountaintop candy shop “Candy Cabin” (sign me up!). My favorite part about beaver creek is their 3 p.m. tradition: Cookie Time, a complimentary cookies, served fresh at the base of the mountain. I mean come on people, fresh cookies at the end of the day, YES PLEASE!
It has also been noted, that the resort is a lot less crowded (especially during the week) than most other large ski resorts in its class.
Beaver Creek Village:
Provides an a huge array of dining, shopping, entertainment, spa, and ice rink. All ski-in, skin-out accessible.
Bachelor Gulch Village:
Home of the The Ritz-Carlton and vacation rental homes.
Arrowhead is the western-most destination where a lot of private homes are located.
193 TRAILS – AVG SNOWFALL 354″
Vail is a 5,289 acre resort, the biggest in Colorado also known as “the crown-jewel of U.S. skiing.” It is also one of the largest ski resorts in the world.
Retains a peaceful, small-town ambiance even with its world-class restaurants, shopping, cafes and late night hot spots. The heated streets make for an easy walk up Bridge Street to Gondola One.
Vail Village is also home to some of the most famous boutique and luxury hotels, including The Lodge at Vail (Vail’s original hotel), Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer (better known as Pepi’s), The Sonnenalp,The Sebastian, Four Seasons Resort, Austria Haus and Tivoli Lodge.
This quaint area is closed off to cars and buses. This is where you can find the Lionshead Children’s Ski School, the Arrabelle Square outdoor ice rink, tons of top-notch restaurants, and a mix of shopping from luxury goods to much-loved outdoor lifestyle brands like Burton, Patagonia, Salomon and The North Face.
Lionshead also has great lodging featuring hotels such as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Antlers at Vail, the Ritz-Carlton, the Lodge at Lionshead, the Vail Marriott, and more.
This is a great all around pick if you want to bring your family or push your skills.
147 TRAILS – AVG SNOWFALL 309″
Visually, Telluride is the most striking ski town in North America, tucked neatly in Southwestern Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains.
Telluride offers amazing skiing for people of all abilities. Between the mountain, the locals who ski it, and the town, it is ranked No. 1 in Character again for 2018, with a quaint downtown tucked into a scenic box canyon. You can hike, bike, shop, eat, drink—all from Telluride’s main drag. What I love about this spot is that it is beautiful year round. My aunt has a home here no matter what time of year she is there, I am always wishing I could jump on a plane and join her!
Interested in more than just Skiing? Adventure seekers would love their other winter activities: snowmobiling, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, back country skiing, or ice-climbing to name a few.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT
116 TRAILS – AVG SNOWFALL 148″
Stowe is the third highest snowfall area in the East and the picture perfect representation of a New England mountain town. Besides Stowes 116 trails, Stowe offers snowshoeing, hiking, ice climbing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiles, and tons of great shopping and restaurants. If that isn’t enough, right down the road is Ben & Jerry’s factory where you can take a tour and end it with ice cream sampling.
Fun Fact: Stowe is home of the Von Trapp Family Lodge, which inspired The Sound of Music.