Are you ready to hit the slopes and blow off some steam? There’s nothing like fresh powder under your feet — and with winter fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Ski Resorts you can visit in 2020. Check out all the details!
1. ALTA/SNOWBIRD SKI RESORTS
If you’re travelling with kids or beginner skiers — Alta Ski Resort is the destination for you! With one of the best ski schools in the US — this resort is easy to navigate and offers both good beginner terrain and world-class extreme terrain too. You haven't experienced a true powder day until you're shooting down Devil's Castle after 36" of fresh Utah snow. Looking for snowboarding, winter sports, shopping and nightlife? Then move along. This old school mountain is for skiers only!
Just next door you'll find Snowbird. Expert terrain will satisfy any adventurous skier. If you ski AND snowboard? Cool. Snowbird now connects with Alta and you can swap out your gear for a FULL send. Have an IKON pass? You can easily ski both resorts in a single day.
Skiing near Alta, decked out in the Dover, Bowman, Drift, and Roca.
With four award-winning terrain parks and an 18' halfpipe, Breckenridge is known as one of the best spots in the world for skiers and snowboarders. A vibrant ski town with great apres ski — Breck boasts a wide range of accommodations from affordable family getaways to lavish luxury vacations. Beware: because of the variety of options, this resort can often get crowded — but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the natural beauty of this area. Suit up and get out there!
If you’re looking for a luxury ski experience — look no further than Vail. It’s one of the most visited — and largest — high-end ski resorts in the US. It offers a huge variety of terrain set above a European-style village full of great restaurants, lodging, shopping, and apres ski activities. Keep in mind that Vail has one of the most expensive walk-up lift tickets in the country — but heated sidewalks make up for it!
LCC Backcountry. Rockin' the Cristo goggles.
4. ASPEN SNOWMASS
Arguably one of the most famous and well-known areas for skiing is Aspen. One shuttle ticket gets you access to the four distinctive ski areas — but if you’re looking for more intermediate and advanced terrain, we recommend Snowmass. When you’re done showing off your style on the slopes, Aspen offers a lively and upscale town with tons of food and shopping. Best of all — the lower elevation of this resort means you’ll never have to worry about altitude sickness!
5. JACKSON HOLE
Our final resort on the list is often referred to as an expert’s playground. Not only does Jackson Hole have lots of lodging options and an exciting nightlife scene — it’s also infamous for its extreme terrain and steeps with the most continuous vertical in the US! Recent improvements have made intermediate terrain more accessible — but this resort is still not for the faint of heart. Don’t forget your helmet! Oh and get some waffles at the top of the tram. Possibly the most satisfying treat of any ski resort.
We hope we’ve inspired you to get out there to do some EPIC skiing and winter sports! Got a favorite spot you don’t see on our list? Share your recommendations in the comments below!
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