Where to Ski This Winter
Pumpkin spice aromas have begun to fill the air, ushering in the beginning of winter sport season. As our attention turns from the beach to the mountains, it’s time to start planning ski trips to take this season. We’ve mapped out a few classic and new spots for you to tackle in 2018 and beyond.
Central New York’s Finger Lakes is home to five ski destinations to choose from this winter. The newest resort in the area is Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, with 35 slopes and trails available across 160 skiable acres. The resort is great for those who don’t want to stop when the sun goes down—96% of the trails have lighting to enable night skiing. This year the resort is debuting a new High Point Terrain Park with rails and jumps. For accomodations, stay at The Chalet of Canandaigua, a secluded luxury boutique bed & breakfast.
Not only is Tahoe easy to get to thanks to Surf Air, it’s one of America’s most prized mountain towns (for skiing in the winter and otherwise). Post up at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, a ski-in ski-out haven located mid-mountain at Northstar California Resort. Exhaust the 3,170 skiable acres Northstar has to offer, then return to the hotel (the only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California) to enjoy views of the Sierras from the comfort of your room or the 17,000 sq ft slope-side spa.
Telluride is a Colorado classic. Once a Victorian mining town, Telluride is now one of the top places to ski in America, not to mention one of the most picturesque. The New Sheridan Hotel is offering a “Stay and Ski 3, and Your 4th Night is free” promotion to entice travelers to stay at its historic downtown property that opened back in 1891 during the Gold Rush. Guests staying for three nights can get a 3-day lift ticket for just $119.
Tohoku is one of Japan’s best kept secrets. Easily accessible from Tokyo, the area has been in a rebuilding phase since it was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Today it’s a wonderland in the wintertime with an abundance of ski resorts and dreamy onsen resorts. Stay in Yamagata city at Zao, taking advantage of post-ski hot spring soaking to help your muscles recover. The Zao Onsen Ski Resort is the largest in the region, with 460 acres of skiable area. In Tohoku, you’re also able to see the region’s famous Snow Monsters, a natural phenomenon that transforms trees into Guillermo del Toro-esque figures.
Wyoming’s Teton County is a hell of a place to ski. Last year, The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort got more than 500 inches of snow, and experts are predicting the same good fortune this year. The resort has a whopping 2,500 skiable acres and 116 runs to attempt. Stay slopeside at the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, an award-winning four-diamond luxury retreat with a a 22-person rooftop hot tub. If you’re anticipation is killing you, feed your excitement by checking out the live cam of the area.
Our neighbors to the north have incredible skiing opportunities and lodging to match. Go to Alberta to tackle the Big 3 in Banff: Lake Louise, Norquay and Sunshine Village mountain resorts. Stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs (dubbed the Castle in the Rockies) right inside of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park, to experience the pinnacle of Canadian hospitality. Take a day trip to nearby Canmore, a town beloved by locals for its small town charm and great brewery.