In winter, there’s nothing like hitting the slopes in Jackson, Wyoming. However, there's more to this snowy valley than skiing. Mingle with the thousands of elk on the nearby National Elk Refuge by two-horse open sleigh. Then head back into town and discover its Western ranching roots.
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Low-key ski scene in Mammoth, CA
New flights to an Eastern Sierra mountain will revolutionize your ski weekend. No chains required.
The mountain is king at Mammoth, and pulling into Mammoth Lakes, 8 miles from the airport, is the proof. Since there’s no central downtown, it’s easy to have an “are we there yet?” feeling, but gems can be found if you look around. Download a map at visit mammoth.com.
Mountains. Sun. Small-town fun. Outdoorsy types can’t get enough of this central Oregon town, where you can run along the river in the morning, hit the slopes in the afternoon, then put back a pint at one of several local breweries.
Like sisters forced to share the same room, a little tension was inevitable when Moonlight Basin opened next to Big Sky Resort on Montana's Lone Mountain in 2003. But any frostiness melted away with the debut of the Lone Peak Ticket ($79), combining the resorts' 5,300 acres.
Bolstered by 200 more acres at Big Sky this year, the area is now the largest contiguous swath in U.S. ski country ― with enough greens, blues, and double-blacks to keep everybody happy.