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

3. Jackson Hole

Located in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is one of the state’s most popular attractions. Although it’s been a local secret for decades, recent investments have given this resort a global reputation. This year will be the first season with the newest development, the Sweetwater gondola mid-station, which will house a mountain sports school and several dining options. The two mountains Rendezvous and Apres Vous make up the ski area, which totals 2,500 acres. After you’re finished on the slopes for the day, head down into Teton Village, the area’s commercial center, where there are plenty of adorable shops, restaurants, and bars.

A six-day lift ticket costs around $525.

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4. Vail

Many intermediate and advanced skiers head to Vail in search of new challenges. The sprawling resort has tons of different slopes, and even offers adventure skiing. If you’re looking to organize a longer ski vacation, Vail’s close proximity to the ski areas of Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone give you lots of options for excursions. Plus, all of the above resorts are owned by the same company, so your lift pass is valid at all four. Lift tickets start around $726 for a six-day pass.

Downtown Vail is decorated like a Tyrolean village, so there’s plenty of hearty food and beer all around. The most expensive accommodations are in Vail Village, but if you venture a bit further down I-70 hotels get cheaper.

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5. Aspen

One of the most popular ski locations in the United States is Aspen. This Colorado ski resort is known for its uniquely challenging ski runs, which are spread over four mountains linked by a free shuttle. The entire area is called Aspen Snowmass, and it’s a perfect challenge for advanced skiers. If you’re looking for tough terrain, head to Highlands, but if you’re more comfortable on bunny hills, Buttermilk is the place to go.

Like many of these resorts, Aspen was originally a Victorian mining town and retains much of its charming town center. Many of the double black diamond runs are named for the mining shafts that would have once run underneath, like Last Dollar and Short Snort.

Six-day lift passes cost $774.

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Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

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Our taste buds can tell us a lot about ourselves. While giants like Pepsi and Coca-Cola still rule the worldwide soda market, smaller brands that represent local tastes have maintained their loyal followers for years in places like Switzerland and Barbados.