Hottest Towns for Winter Sports

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Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

The longest run on Snowmass is a whopping 5.3 miles long while the peak called Buttermilk is lauded for having the best terrain park and pipe facilities. During the ski season, there are competitions, big-ticket concerts and lots of great dining. 960 1280

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Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen has a well-earned reputation as a glitzy resort town popular with big spenders and Hollywood A-listers. There are the fancy shops on Galena Street and even Aspen Fashion Week every March. The town takes its skiing just as seriously as its style with the 4 peaks that make up Aspen Snowmass.
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Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

There's no roughing it at Beaver Creek, a high-end Colorado ski resort in the Rocky Mountains known for its luxurious hotels, great restaurants and 1,815 acres of impeccably groomed slopes. 960 1280
Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek is family-friendly with quality ski programs and gentle runs for beginners. The other side of Beaver Creek, known as BC-EX, features extreme terrain for the most accomplished and daring skiers. 960 1280

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Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

There aren’t very many places in the world that can call themselves "heavenly" and get away with it. Lucky for us, California’s Heavenly Resort lives up to its name in every way. 960 1280
Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

The crisp snow powder and rugged mountainside in Lake Tahoe are waiting to make this winter’s family ski trip the best yet. 960 1280
Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

With over 200 inches of average snowfall on the mountain every winter and 632 acres of winter wonderland, there's rarely a bad day at Okemo in Vermont.
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Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo works hard to accommodate skiers on a budget. Kids under 6 are always free while older kids may ski free on select days with a paying adult. The first hour after opening is free on the slopes every day, giving skiers the opportunity to sample the snow and forgo buying a lift ticket on the rare occasion that conditions aren't ideal. 960 1280
Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort has all of the ingredients for a perfect family vacation. The signature kids ski school limits classes to just 5 children, making for lots of personalized attention. The slope's tiniest skiers can enroll in the Signature 3 Program, with just 3 children aged 3-1/2 to 5 years old. 960 1280

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Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Once the kids are worn out from their 2 75-minute sessions, it's inside for crafts, reading and playing on the indoor jungle gym. While the kids enjoy ski school, adults can explore the 3,300 acres of fun spread out over 7 snowy peaks and 9 bowls. 960 1280

By Rudi Riet from Washington, DC, United States (Eagle Race Arena at Park City Mountain Resort) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is a great option for a long weekend of family winter fun with ski school, terrain parks for practicing tricks, tubing hills and snowy adventures on snow mobiles or snowcats. 960 1280

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Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Skiers in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states don't need to fly out west or drive to New England for first-rate skiing. 960 1280

Gary Tognoni/Getty Images  

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

As host of the 1980 winter games, the Lake Placid region has 6 million acres packed with facilities made for wintry fun. There's alpine skiing at Whiteface with the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies. 960 1280
Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Then the entire family can enjoy ice-skating, bob-sledding and old-fashioned toboggans. Explore the snowy acres on cross-country skis or snowshoes or hitch a ride on a fast-moving dogsledding tour. 960 1280

By Martin Bravenboer (Speed Skating in Lake Placid) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Bretton Woods (New Hampshire)

Bretton Woods (New Hampshire)

Located high in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Bretton Woods is the state's largest ski area with 101 trails and glades and 4 terrain parks. An unusual addition to the outdoor fun is the mountain's extensive canopy tour, made up of several treetop zip-lines and suspension bridges. 960 1280

coleong/Getty Images  

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Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

The longest run on Snowmass is a whopping 5.3 miles long while the peak called Buttermilk is lauded for having the best terrain park and pipe facilities. During the ski season, there are competitions, big-ticket concerts and lots of great dining. 960 1280

Gary Tognoni/Getty Images  

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

Aspen has a well-earned reputation as a glitzy resort town popular with big spenders and Hollywood A-listers. There are the fancy shops on Galena Street and even Aspen Fashion Week every March. The town takes its skiing just as seriously as its style with the 4 peaks that make up Aspen Snowmass.
960 1280

Kanonsky/Getty Images  

Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

There's no roughing it at Beaver Creek, a high-end Colorado ski resort in the Rocky Mountains known for its luxurious hotels, great restaurants and 1,815 acres of impeccably groomed slopes. 960 1280
Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek Resort (Colorado)

Beaver Creek is family-friendly with quality ski programs and gentle runs for beginners. The other side of Beaver Creek, known as BC-EX, features extreme terrain for the most accomplished and daring skiers. 960 1280

Robert Morton/Getty Images  

Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

There aren’t very many places in the world that can call themselves "heavenly" and get away with it. Lucky for us, California’s Heavenly Resort lives up to its name in every way. 960 1280
Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

Heavenly Mountain Resort (California)

The crisp snow powder and rugged mountainside in Lake Tahoe are waiting to make this winter’s family ski trip the best yet. 960 1280
Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

With over 200 inches of average snowfall on the mountain every winter and 632 acres of winter wonderland, there's rarely a bad day at Okemo in Vermont.
960 1280
Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont)

Okemo works hard to accommodate skiers on a budget. Kids under 6 are always free while older kids may ski free on select days with a paying adult. The first hour after opening is free on the slopes every day, giving skiers the opportunity to sample the snow and forgo buying a lift ticket on the rare occasion that conditions aren't ideal. 960 1280
Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort has all of the ingredients for a perfect family vacation. The signature kids ski school limits classes to just 5 children, making for lots of personalized attention. The slope's tiniest skiers can enroll in the Signature 3 Program, with just 3 children aged 3-1/2 to 5 years old. 960 1280

Erik Isakson/Getty Images  

Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Park City Mountain Resort (Utah)

Once the kids are worn out from their 2 75-minute sessions, it's inside for crafts, reading and playing on the indoor jungle gym. While the kids enjoy ski school, adults can explore the 3,300 acres of fun spread out over 7 snowy peaks and 9 bowls. 960 1280

By Rudi Riet from Washington, DC, United States (Eagle Race Arena at Park City Mountain Resort) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is a great option for a long weekend of family winter fun with ski school, terrain parks for practicing tricks, tubing hills and snowy adventures on snow mobiles or snowcats. 960 1280

Hero Image/Getty Images  

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Snowshoe Mountain Resort (West Virginia)

Skiers in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states don't need to fly out west or drive to New England for first-rate skiing. 960 1280

Gary Tognoni/Getty Images  

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

As host of the 1980 winter games, the Lake Placid region has 6 million acres packed with facilities made for wintry fun. There's alpine skiing at Whiteface with the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies. 960 1280
Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Whiteface Lodge (New York)

Then the entire family can enjoy ice-skating, bob-sledding and old-fashioned toboggans. Explore the snowy acres on cross-country skis or snowshoes or hitch a ride on a fast-moving dogsledding tour. 960 1280

By Martin Bravenboer (Speed Skating in Lake Placid) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Bretton Woods (New Hampshire)

Bretton Woods (New Hampshire)

Located high in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Bretton Woods is the state's largest ski area with 101 trails and glades and 4 terrain parks. An unusual addition to the outdoor fun is the mountain's extensive canopy tour, made up of several treetop zip-lines and suspension bridges. 960 1280

coleong/Getty Images  

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