America has no shortage of ski destinations. Where would you go for skiing this winter? Most popular ski destinations will have higher prices and bigger crowds.
If you are looking for less crowded ski destinations with a charming village, quality snow and exciting après ski scene, you may want to check out these 5 ski destinations in America:
1. Sun Valley, Idaho
Did you know that Sun Valley Resort in Idaho is America’s first ski destination resort? It opened on December 21, 1936. Sun Valley is 82 miles from Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF) and 152 miles from Boise Airport (BOI). During winter, direct flights are available from San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Denver to Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Sun Valley.
The resort is celebrating its 80th winter season with a special Ski and Stay Package. There are more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain in Sun Valley. Bald Mountain has 65 varied runs and Dollar Mountain is the perfect place for downhill skiing. Or go cross-country skiing on Sun Valley Nordic Trail. Ski lessons at various levels are available upon request.
For après 101 guide, check out Visit Sun Valley “insider’s guide to the “what comes after skiing” culture”.
Information: Sun Valley
2. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Taos Ski Valley provides shuttle services from the resort to Taos, Santa Fe airport, and Albuquerque airport. You need at least two hours to get from Taos Ski Valley to Santa Fe airport and three hours from the resort to Albuquerque airport. The resort is 89 miles from Santa Fe.
This beautiful ski valley has trails for skiers of every level. Kids and adult ski lessons are available at affordable prices. It is a ski resort for those who enjoy great value at a quieter atmosphere.
For dining and après ski, check out Taos Ski Valley guide to dining and après ski.
Information: Taos Ski Valley
3. Grand Targhee Resort, Alta, Wyoming
If you are looking for an affordable family or big group ski adventure in Wyoming without the crowd and high ticket prices, Grand Targhee Resort may fit the bill. Grand Targhee Resort in Alta is located only 45 miles from Jackson Hole and 82 miles from Idaho Falls. Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the nearest airport to the resort.
In most of the popular ski resorts, you may have a problem running into others, however in Grand Targhee Resort, beginner skiers get plenty of room to practice.
Information: Grand Targhee Resort vacation planning guide
Grand Targhee Resort offers plenty of entertainment and après ski activities. Find out more here.
4. Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid, New York
Whiteface, also known as the Olympic Mountain was opened in 1958. It is located just a few miles from Lake Placid. It was the venue for alpine ski events in the 1980 Winter Olympics and several major ski events.
Complimentary shuttle services are available from major hotels in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay and Ausable to Whiteface Mountain.
There are 87 trails suitable for advanced skiers and some for beginners. Lake Placid offers plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants for vacationers to hang out after a day of skiing in the mountains.
Information: Whiteface Mountain
5. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
One of the most unique things about Park City Mountain Resort is you can ski or ride down the lifts to the shops, restaurants, bars and galleries in the town’s historic Main Street. It is the only resort where you can have ski lift access in the center of town.
Park City is 33 miles from Salt Lake City. It is America’s largest single ski and snowboard resort with over 7,300 acres skiable acres. Suitable for beginners to advanced skiers, Park City also offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults.
For après ski guide, check out Visit Park City’s article on From Apre Ski to After Hour.
Have you been to any of these ski destinations?