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It may only be the beginning of fall, but if you’re like us, as soon as the weather cools down, its time to start to planning our first ski trip or snowboarding trip of the season! Whether you’ve never skied before or you’ve been shredding your entire life, the first place to start is always the same…where do you want to go?! Our top 4 destinations will ensure you have a blast on your first time skiing or snowboarding or your 100th! Bundle up and let’s go!
We love this destination for Vail Mountain’s ability to accommodate all skill levels. There is a green run that circles the mountain, which means if you are skiing with people more advanced than you, it is easy for them to go down a more advanced run and meet you at the bottom of the each run. You can pick the level that is right for you, but still see your friends throughout the day. Win, win!
After hanging up the skis or snowboards for the day, be sure your credit card is ready for a workout as well. Vail is home to some amazing shopping, 5-star restaurants, spas and art galleries. If you are on a budget, don’t worry. There is something for everyone and every budget in this amazing destination (although make sure to pinch those pennies prior to the trip because lift tickets are spendy)!
Just a short drive from Salt Lake, Park City is amazing for a ski or snowboard trip. We love if for the great improvements that have been made in recent years (including a new gondola) and the fact that the runs have something for everyone. Whether you are skiing or snowboarding, a first timer or a pro, you will love visiting this area.
Park City not only offers some great ski and snowboard runs, but it is also a great cultural hub as well. The Sundance Film Festival is hosted here each January so if you want a chance for some celeb sightings, this is the spot for you!
It doesn’t get much better than Big Sky. This resort is huge, but gets far less crowded than other ski or snowboard destinations. You won’t experience much of any lines, other than during major holidays, and like our other top picks, this mountain can accommodate all skill levels.
Montana is absolutely gorgeous and has no shortage of things to do both on and off the mountain. From winter fly-fishing to horseback riding to hiking, it is impossible to run out of new adventures to have here. Yellowstone National Park is also only a short hour drive away so you can visit both in one trip!
Similar to Big Sky, Jackson Hole has both amazing skiing / snowboarding and other outdoor adventures waiting at your doorstep. While Jackson Hole is known for being a top destination for advanced, thrill-seeking skiers, it has plenty of great runs suitable for all levels.
Close to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, this area couldn’t be more beautiful. The natural beauty and small town feel make it one of our favorite destinations both in winter and summer! It is not to be missed!
Where will you be shredding snow this winter? Let us know in the comments below and then check out our top tips for skiing in Breckenridge, CO!
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