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

9. Alta

Alta and linked ski area Snowbird are known around the world for both the quantity and quality of their powder snow. Combine that with the area’s steep terrain, and it means that this is the perfect location for an adventurous, heart-pumping experience. The scenery is wild and rugged, but if you’re looking for nightlife, it’s best to look elsewhere. The biggest crowds are around the two lift base areas, and there are only a few hotels in the area. This keeps the numbers in the area down but makes finding a lodge on short notice an issue.

Their lift tickets are some of the lowest in the United States — only $542 for six days. / Shutterstock

10. Winter Park

Colorado’s Winter Park has some of the best beginner skiing in the country. Winter Park is owned by the city of Denver, so its base village is nice but not as touristy as some of Colorado’s other resorts. Winter Park has made a name for itself for the quality of its beginner runs, as well as their facilities for disabled skiers and snowboarders. Be aware that the altitude may make some people sick in their first day, so schedule a slower start.

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11. Mt. Baker

Washington’s Mt. Baker is known for being a haven for snowboarders as it was one of the first resorts to welcome snowboarders 60 years ago. Mt. Baker is renowned for its powder snow, and huge yearly snowfalls. Located between the city of Seattle and the Canadian border, Mt. Baker is often busy on weekends but calms down considerably on weekdays. Mt. Baker is a part of the National Park system, so it doesn’t have some of the flashier amenities of other resorts.

Lift tickets for a six-day vacation will only run you $360 per person.

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