5 Skiing and Snowboarding Destinations to Check Out on Your Next Winter Trip
Looking to travel somewhere for some outdoor winter fun? No matter if you live in a city or near warmer weather, this slideshow can help you find the snowy adventure. Here are five skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling destinations to visit:
Breckenridge Ski Resort
80 miles southwest from Denver, 40 miles northwest from Vail
Dubbed one of the best ski destinations in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, Breckenridge is filled with activities for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. With nearly 3,000 acres of terrain to explore and an average snowfall of 30 feet, there are plenty of slopes to hit. There are 187 trails to be exact.
Wilmington, New York
12 miles northeast from Lake Placid, 286 miles north from New York City
Located just a short drive from Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain is home to one of the tallest vertical drops east of the Rocky Mountains, according LakePlacid.com. Right in the backyard of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Whiteface Mountain is home to 283 skiable acres, 86 skiable trails and 11 ski lifts. Don’t feel like skiing? Take in the mountainous scenery or hit the terrain park.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
180 miles northeast from Atlanta, 154 miles west from Charlotte
Cataloochee Ski Area has plenty of slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Cataloochee is one of the first mountains opened each year across the U.S., according to the Cataloochee website. The Cataloochee Ski Area is the closest resort to Atlanta and set at 5,400 feet in elevation with 50 skiable acres.
St. Germain, Wisconsin
264 miles northeast from Minneapolis, 267 miles north from Milwaukee
Home to one of Wisconsin’s largest snowmobile clubs and Wisconsin’s snowmobile capital, St. Germain is the place to hit the trails. The St. Germain Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club is the largest in the state, and has more than 1,000 active members. With more than 100 miles of trails connecting communities throughout the Northwoods, riders can travel 1,600 miles of trails that are both groomed and equipped with signage.
Yellowstone National Park
West Yellowstone, Montana
387 miles northeast from Boise, 319 miles north from Salt Lake City
With over 12 feet of annual snowfall and more than 400 miles of trails, West Yellowstone offers some of the most scenic riding around, according to DestinationYellowstone.com. As the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone offers a wide variety of snowmobile riding options, including mountain and backcountry options, making for a rider’s paradise.
Originally published January 8, 2014.