Where to hop on a sleigh, lace up your skates, ski deep powder, or just cozy up
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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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.
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Just an hour from Portland, Hood River offers a buzzing restaurant scene and proximity to Mt Hood, all at an affordable price.
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Skip the frenzy of Sundance and head to Park City after the crowds have gone.
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Find great weather and loads of snowy activities in this outdoors-loving town near the San Juan Mountains.
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California's Bear Valley is not the biggest ski resort and certainly not the flashiest, but with 1,280 acres of downhill
skiing, there’s room to roam.
And the runs have unbroken views across a beautiful mountainscape.
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Veer away from Tahoe traffic and head towards neighboring Royal Gorge, where you'll find North America's largest cross-country
ski spot and an inexpensive vacation destination, to boot.
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Can’t make it to Whistler? Have your own Olympic moment in Utah’s posh mountain town, host of the 2002 Winter Games.
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Big Sky may not share the glamour of big resort towns in Colorado and Utah, but what it lacks in glitz it more than makes
up for in rustic, western charm.
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No glitz, no glam. Just five cozy lodges, heart-pumping hikes, and hands down, the best (and most) snow in the West.
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If you want to avoid the Olympic chaos in Whistler this season ― but still want a British Columbia ski experience ― try these
smaller, but often equally snowy, resorts.
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Hop a sleigh instead of a horse and take advantage of off-season rates―and breathtaking beauty―at these supercozy guest ranches.
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Trade in ritzy Sun Valley for its budget-friendly neighbor to the south, which takes the bronze in number of kilometers of
cross-country skiing in the States.
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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.
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Have an indulgent winter day just outside of Denver. Skate the lake, snowshoe in the trees then reward yourself with massage
and a cup of cocoa.
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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.
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Skip the scene in Taos for quiet serenity in this national preserve. After a day of cross-country skiing, head to nearby Jemez
Springs for a soothing soak in their hot springs.
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Celebrate an old school Colorado Christmas in with sleigh rides, ice skating, and hot chocolate surrounded by snow-covered
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