There’s something to be said about the magical feeling you get when you look outside and everything is coated in fluffy white snow. To the people who live in ski resort towns, it’s just another wintery day, but to those who come from warmer climates, it’s a winter wonderland!
If you’re like us, you’ve been watching the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and were in complete awe of the US ski team’s skills on the slopes. They make it look so effortless that we want to learn to ski too!
Of course, to be an Olympic skier, it takes a lot of dedication, training, and support from a sponsor like HomeLight to make it to the top. And while average people like us will never come close to winning a silver medal like Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a trip to a ski resort is a great way to entertain that dream.
Even if you’re not the one who wants to slalom down a mountain and would rather sip hot cocoa by the fireside, here are five ski resorts that have something for everyone.
1. Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado
If you’re going to be going on a trip with the whole family, Keystone Resort has something for everyone. There are plenty of slopes for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, but Keystone is home to the largest outdoor skating rink in the entire country. The resort features a variety of shops to satisfy your need for souvenirs and you can even use the spa services to pamper yourself after a long day on the slopes.
2. Jackson Hole in Teton Village, Wyoming
Expert skiers aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the slopes at Jackson Hole. You can go on a dog-pulled sled tour through the Grand Teton National Park Mountain and you may even see moose or bison along the way. There’s also snowmobiling, paragliding, and coach tours to keep you occupied as well. When the sun goes down, nightlife in the village is sure to satisfy your cravings.
3. Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Resort is the place to go when you want a winter getaway and skate on the same ice that past Olympians have glided on. There’s a life that’ll take you to the top of Dollar Mountain where you can zoom down the slope in a circular tube that goes the speed of light! If you’ve wondered what it would feel like to fly, a Fly Sun Valley Paragliding guide will take you on an exhilarating flight off Mount Baldy. This resort is definitely the place for adventurous souls!
4. Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont
If you’re on the east coast, Stowe Mountain Resort is the favorite destination for a winter vacation. Here, you’ll be able to go on a sledding adventure in a sled pulled by energetic Alaskan huskies. For something a little more romantic, you could ride in a sleigh that rivals Santa’s – the difference being that these sleighs are pulled by Percheron and Belgian draft horses instead of reindeer. Of course, you have the usual attractions like ice skating rink, skiing, and the like… But Stowe is the home of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory! Yum!
5. Copper Mountain in Summit County, Colorado
There’s more to Copper Mountain than just skiing! If you’re hoping to have a thrilling adventure, there are exciting activities like the alpine zip-line tours, dog sledding, or snowmobiling. At the ice skating rink, you and your partner can rent skates and do your best to appear as graceful on the ice like Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue who won 3rd place for rhythm dance at the Olympics. And after spending the day outdoors, you can soothe your chilled bones in the sauna, steam room, or make an appointment at the full-service spa.