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Five Epic Ski Trips For Winter

Ready to shred some snow? Powder season is upon us and there’s no shortage of wintry white slopes for skiing and snowboarding, ice-skating and bobsledding. Below, five epic ski trips and plenty of memorable off-mountain suggestions and top-notch lodging (and après-ski).

Park City, Utah
Home to the Sundance Film Festival, this storied ski spot draws crowds to its world-class alpine ski resorts. Canyons Resort covers nine peaks with 19 chair lifts (some heated) while the upscale Deer Valley Resort has soft powder; a great spot for beginners to kick off their trip. Just outside of Park City, tour the grounds of Utah Olympic Park (est. 2002) and if you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for an exhilarating bobsled ride with a professional.

Stowe, Vermont
Kick off your New England adventure atop Mt Mansfield, the state’s tallest peak (at 4,300 feet). Known as the Aspen of the east—just ask some of the nation’s best skiers— glide down the black diamond trails of Hayride. For a break, stroll around Stowe’s quaint town, beloved for its charming shops, restaurants and bars. Later, lace up your skates for the ice rink at the Spruce Peak Plaza. At night, rest your head at the 312-room Stowe Mountain Lodge.

Taos, New Mexico
Blessed with over 100 runs (and more than half for experts), the Taos Ski Valley features a mix of challenging slopes and steep ridge chutes like Al’s Run Inferno. For intermediate skiers and beginners, head to Honeysuckle, Porcupine and the aptly-titled Bambi. Atop the Kachina Peak lift, enjoy a new terrain once reserved for hikers. Afterwards, drop your bags at the lodge-inspired Angel Fire Resort and warm up with spiced cider, hot chocolate, or a glass of wine. 

Telluride, Colorado
Two hundred miles southwest of Denver and nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride Ski Resort has a small European town vibe without the lift crowds you might find in Aspen or Vail. For a true mountain experience without the skis, drop in at 12,000 feet (near the Polar Queen Express lift) for warm cocoa at Bon Vivant.When the sun sets, cozy up inside the alpine-style Fairmont Heritage Place or the boutique 29-room Lumiere Hotel with kitchenettes and fireplaces.

Big Bear Lake, California   
Skiing in California? Yes. Just over two hours northeast of Los Angeles, take in the wonderland of Snow Summit (which offers night skiing and family friendly vibes) or hop over to Bear Mountain (for younger crowds). A shuttle connects the two mountains; a playground of 450 acres with 55 runs. To spectate, the Snow Summit Scene Sky Chair zips to the mountain’s breathtaking 8,000-foot peak. Later, check into the charming 21-room Apples Bed and Breakfast.