Top 11 U.S. Destinations to Hit the Slopes This Holiday

In the winter, there are only two choices for holidays within the United States. You can go as far south as you can to try and get away from the cold, or you can embrace the snowy weather!

If your choice is to embrace the season, a skiing or snowboarding vacation is the perfect winter getaway. It may feel intimidating, but you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it. Most ski resorts offer group or individual lessons, as well as rentals for all the equipment you require — it really couldn’t be easier.

There are so many amazing ski slopes and resorts all over the United States. Today, we’re going to check out some of the best options for American winter sporting destinations.

1. Park City

As of 2016, Park City is officially America’s biggest ski area. $50 million in improvements linked it with the nearby Canyons resort, which means that the area the park covers is now over 7,300 acres. It’s the second-largest ski area in North America, second only to Whistler in British Columbia.

Located in Utah, Park City is great for intermediate and advanced skiers. There are a few blue hills and several black diamond slopes, as well as a few ungroomed ski runs perfect for adventurous skiers. A six-day lift pass costs $609 per person. Plus, Park City’s downtown area is full of fun restaurants and bars, and there are tons of accommodation options in the village.

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2. Breckenridge

Breckenridge is a great ski area for a family or group whose skills on the slopes vary widely. Located in Colorado, the area has quite a few beginner slopes, including one long run that’s beginner-friendly but still fun. They also offer magic carpets for young children who may not be able to handle skis yet. However, these easier options don’t mean that the entire area is for beginners as more than half of the resort is made up of black diamond slopes.

A six-day lift pass costs $609 per person, and there are plenty of great options for accommodation in the charming Victorian town of Breckenridge. Just be aware that Breckenridge is at a high altitude, and you may want to spend a day or two in the city to acclimatize before hitting the slopes.

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