Exhilarating Ski Getaways
The 7 Best Places to Hit the Slopes This Winter
This year especially, it might feel like winter (and its frigid temperatures) will never end. Why not lean into the chilly weather and hit the slopes? We’ve uncovered seven world-renowned skiing destinations that are offering up more than just beautiful views and pristine trails in the coming months. These places will have you showing off your chops on a black diamond, parading through the streets in costume and sipping fabulous champagne at exclusive rooftop bars before you even have time to wonder how long until spring rolls around.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Athletic travelers seeking a challenge will want to throw their hat into the Revelstoke King of the Mountain challenge, a two-day contest beginning March 1 that includes runs down a custom slopestyle course and dynamic freerides. Those with less experience on the slopes can opt for beginner’s classes, or skip the skiing altogether with a dog sled ride, fat bike tour or snowshoeing hike.
La Clusaz, Rhone-Alpes, France
This idyllic skiing village in France’s Rhone Alps is not only home to some intense downhill slopes—it also knows how to party. On the evening of March 5, the town shuts down to come together in formal dress and high spirits for Carnival, which boasts a wild parade and a legendary fireworks display.
Bruson, Valais, Switzerland
On February 16, Bruson will play host to a freeride contest of over 120 participants who will strut their skills on the famous slopes of Six Blanc and Pointe de Sésal. The excitement will continue into the evening with The Yeti Party, featuring live music, entertainment and shopping in Le Châble.
Vail, Colorado, United States
The Burton US Open returns to Vail February 25, showcasing the snowboarding skills of some of the world’s top athletes and offering a line of free concerts and activities. Travelers toting their little ones will be happy to find that there’s something for everyone in the family, from kid-friendly snowboarding lessons to athlete meet-and-greets.
Set in the Japanese town of Niseko, Mount Niseko-Annupuri is home to numerous ski resorts and centers for thrill-seekers to enjoy. Many onsen, or natural hot springs, can be found throughout the surrounding area, providing the ultimate relaxation treatment after a full day braving the snowy slopes.
Beaver Creek, Colorado, United States
Come February 23, competitive travelers and locals are heading to Beaver Creek to take on the Annual Beaver Creek Talons Challenge. Participants will face fourteen of Beaver Creek’s most treacherous trails, traversing 26,000 vertical feet in total. Whether you’re joining in on the competition or enjoying the action from the sidelines, you’ll love unwinding at The Osprey, a luxury ski resort that stuns with its alpine-chic design.
For those whose love of winter sports is only matched by their love of wine, there is no better way to kick off the evening than watching the sun set over the mountains of Lech at 2,350 meters above sea level in the exclusive Dom Pérignon pop-up bar. Only open from February 22-24, this upscale bar is located on the rooftop of the Romantik Hotel Krone.