Winning Winter Sports Trips

This February is abuzz with winter sports as our favorite athletes grace the world stage to compete in skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, hockey and sledding. From beginners to thrill-seekers, venture out on your own quest with these five destinations. Later, share your snowy adventures huddled around a warm fire, après style with a glass of wine from our Storytellers series.

Snowboard in Colorado
With 31 lifts and 155 trails, Breckenridge has various options from the beginner’s favorite, Silverthorne, to the highest lift in North America known as the Imperial Express. Meanwhile, on the Continental Divide, Loveland is an epic spot for those seeking lessons and basic board carving followed by après ski festivities. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, the town of Telluride with over 2,000 acres of terrain offers fresh powder for all levels.

Ski in Wyoming
For some western vibes, untamed wilderness and world-class skiing in the picturesque Teton Range, drop your gear in Jackson Hole, a beloved venue for shredding powder alongside legendary back country. Just outside of Yellowstone National Park, Cody has vast stretches of fresh ski trails in Sleeping Giant’s terrain park. Beat the crowds inside the tiny southeastern town of Centennial covering all levels with five lifts. Looking for more terrain?  Check out these 5 epic ski trips.

Skate in Chicago and New York
Experience your cinematic blades of glory moment around the iconic, intimate Rockefeller Center rink. Want to attempt your best triple-lutz? Year-round indoor skating happens inside Chelsea Piers. Meanwhile, the famed urban venues of Bryant Park and Central Park’s Wollman Rink (est. 1949) are lovely for fresh air. Alternatively, Chicago’s Windy City hosts a bevy of rinks. For the best city views, drop by Millennium Park’s rink or lace up your skates around the ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. Indoor seekers can coast on the NHL-sized rink at McFetridge Sports Center.

Sled in Minnesota
Make no mistake, this blustery state offers easy and steep hills perfect for sledding and toboggans. The longest run Carter Park Reserve (with plenty of local nature like osprey and white-tailed deer) is an ideal spot as is the steep, south-facing hills of French Regional Park (which are lit at night). Thrill seekers in the Twin Cities visit Theodore Wirth Park, and St. Paul hosts 15 public sledding hills like Como Park, catering to adults, kids and families alike.