As winter approaches, VacayDaze set out to find the best places to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the USA. More specifically, we searched for folk’s favorite ski hotels, resorts and ski towns with places to enjoy an après-ski treat (the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing) and go cross-country skiing. The below locations came out on top on our list.
Best Après-ski Bar: Double Diamonds Bar, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
This Colorado bar is a real late-night party spot in Steamboat Springs. Double Diamonds Bar is also known for mixing a number of the least pricey après-ski drinks in town.
Brats and sandwiches will satisfy your hunger, and there’s a dance floor which is excellent for late night antics. It’s also just across the road from the mountain base shuttle stop.
Best Cross-Country Ski Resort: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado
Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado has nearly sixty five miles (120 km) of groomed trails at the bottom of Colorado’s continental divide which makes Devil’s Thumb Ranch a favorite for skate or classic cross-country skiing of all skill levels. Beginners can sign up for personal or group lessons, whereas more advanced skiers can push themselves to the limit with available advanced technique clinics.
Relax and dine at Heck’s tavern which is its “heart and soul” and for good reason. Tavern owners Bob and Suzanne Fanch visited the hexagonal Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon in 1999 and were inspired to make a reproduction of it in Tabernash, Colorado. The shape of the two-story space establishes a pleasingly symmetrical and open feel, additionally enhanced by the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the pastoral land area and also the continental divide. Created with moody stone scavenged from a nearby landslide, a floor-to-ceiling hearth hums in the middle, bridging the gap between the first floor restaurant and the second floor lounge.
Best Ski Hotel: The Blake, Taos Ski valley, New Mexico
Part of Taos Ski Valley‘s extensive base-area revival, The Blake features eighty alpine-themed guest rooms adjacent to lift one.
Amenities at this LEED-certified hotel include a pool and hot tubs, dining around a kiva hearth at the 192 at The Blake restaurant and a full-service spa and wellness center.
Best Ski Resort: Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, Colorado
The Colorado Winter Park Resort is located on 3,081 acres of parcel of land in Winter Park and is is split into seven distinct territories.
These are the Bowls in Parsenn Bowl, the powder stashes of Vasquez Ridge, jumps and jibs in Terrain Park Territory, steeps and deeps in Cirque, the bumps of Mary Jane, the black diamonds of Winter Park, and Glade skiing in Eagle Wind Territory. Skiers and riders have a total of 166 named trails to decide from, accessed by twenty-five lifts.
Best Ski Town: Bethel, Maine
This ski town offers easy accessibility to Sunday River. Guests staying in Bethel will enjoy the easy accessibility to Sunday River which is home to a number of the best snow conditions in the East.
Head to the Foggy Goggle or Matterhorn for an energetic après-ski scene or try out one of the various restaurants dotting the streets of this cute New England village.