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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.


Niseko, Japan

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.


Lech, Austria

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.

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen