While winter feels like it's already here it officially starts on December 21. We at AllTheRooms have done some research for the best places to enjoy the snow, whether it be sliding down a mountain on skis or snowboards, clumping through the snow on snowshoes, or relaxing near a roaring fire in a deluxe cabin.
Whistler Blackcomb is ranked as the #1 rated resort in North America. With the most skiable terrain and having the highest average annual snowfall, it's easy to see why. The pedestrian-only town itself is worth the visit, as they are constantly having great events throughout the season. Hotel rates start at $100 a night, but we found ski-in/ski-out condo rentals for under $90.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This is a bit off the beaten path for some, but that's how they like it at this perfect mountain town. Over the last few years it's grown in popularity but there's still plenty of room at the three ski resorts for everyone. You can pick from the luxury Four Seasons to an affordable property in town, or choose from the hundreds of home rentals available.
One of the most popular winter destinations in Europe, this is home to year-round skiing on the Swiss Alps. Take the 100-year old cogwheel train to the top of the peak and hit the slope at an elevation over 8,000 feet. The rates are very affordable, with four-star properties running rates starting at $100 per night and deluxe chalets starting at even less.
Lake Tahoe, California
There are actually two parts of Tahoe - South and North. There are seven world-class ski resorts to choose from like Squaw Valley and Heavenly. Some prefer the less famous ones like Mt. Rose, Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Most people stay on Stateline for the South side, where the casinos and nightlife thrive. Others enjoy the quiet mountain-town vibe of Truckee and Incline Village.
It starts with Vail Mount Resort, the largest single-mountain resort in the United States and one of the biggest in the entire world. There are over 5,200 acres of terrain to shred on. They claim to have the most groomed terrain on the planet, and even offer a race course and superpipe. Due to the quality of the mountain rates can get quite pricey, with even shared room rental costing over $100/night.
Park City, Utah
Every ski resort in Utah offers incredible snow, but Park City ranks highest for the amenities and location. It's just over 30 miles from Salt Lake City but feels a million away. The quaint yet upscale town sits right next to the ski lifts, and at night comes alive after everyone has finished on the hill. We've found 4-star hotel rates around $120 in peak season, and condo rates start at just $70/night.
Visitors don't need to ski or snowboard to enjoy this picturesque venue, but the terrain is so amazing it's actually hosted the Winter Olympics twice. With a location near Munich, it's not a difficult destination to get to, and upon arrival there is several ski resorts easily within reach. It's incredibly affordable to stay here, with rates starting at under $50/night and 4-star hotels under $100.
The Canadian Rockies have breathtaking views, and Banff offers more than any other. Sunshine Village is the most popular spot, with three huge mountains and the distinction of allowing you to ski both Alberta and British Columbia in the same afternoon. You can find quality hotel accommodations for under $100 a night, but there are also cabins and chalets for the same price.
For those on the East Coast, Stowe is the most popular place within reach. The Stowe Mountain Resort offers 13 lifts and 116 trails between the two mountains. This is also a celebrated destination for those cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Stowe is actually reasonably priced compared to other US ski destinations, with lakefront cottages running $65/night and 4-star hotels rates at less than $100.
This has been known as the winter place to see and be seen, and while the town is upscale and fashionable, the skiing is serious business. There is a variety of slopes for every type of skier, or join the four-diamond club for an out-of-bounds powder tour. If you want to pay Aspen offers some luxury resorts in town for about $200/night, or grab a ski-in/ski-out rental starting at $100.
Where are you thinking of going for your next vacation? AllTheRooms has plenty of availability in almost every destination on earth.