It’s hard not to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics and not become envious as we watch top-performing athletes shred some powder in Beijing. Just watching Ryan Cochran-Siegle win the silver medal in the Super-G alpine event gave us chills! We can’t wait to see how the rest of the US Ski Team will do in their events, but we’re sure that there are more medals on the way.
Although we aren’t a member of the HomeLight-sponsored US Olympic ski team, there’s nothing stopping us from going to a ski resort for our next getaway. There are countless ski resorts in the country, that’s for sure, but these are our top five resorts that should be added to any snow lover’s bucket list.
1. Stowe Mountain Resort – Stowe, Vermont
Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is a popular east-coast resort that has a lot of activities that even the non-skier can enjoy. When you stay at this resort, you’ll find typical activities like ice skating, skiing, and tubing. For those who are looking for a relaxing vacation, you can bundle up on a sled pulled by Alaskan huskies as you marvel at the snowy scenery. If you’re in the mood for a more relaxing ride, you can hop in a sleigh pulled by Percheron and Belgian draft horses and channel your inner Chris Cringle. Want to know the best part of staying at this resort? It’s the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory!
2. Copper Mountain – Summit County, Colorado
Copper Mountain isn’t your typical ski resort – it’s a place where adrenaline junkies go to experience heart-pounding adventures in the snow. There are alpine zip-line tours to get your blood pumping. There’s a speedy mountain coaster you can ride, but if it gets too fast for you, there’s a break on the cart that’ll allow you to control your speed. If you’re traveling with a group, there are snowmobile rentals that you can use to explore the mountain together. Of course, the resort has a variety of dining and shopping options, as well as full-service spas, an athletic club, and more.
3. Keystone Resort – Keystone, Colorado
If you’re new to the exciting world of skiing or other winter activities, Keystone Resort is a pretty good place to remedy that. You can book lessons with world-class instructors via their Ski & Ride School, and you can tack on a discounted lift ticket which will allow you to spend more time practicing what you’ve learned rather than waiting in lines. Other activities you can fill your time with include nordic hiking, snow tubing, ice skating, and full-day ski tours.
4. Sun Valley Resort – Sun Valley, Idaho
The Sun Valley Resort is one of those places that is a great destination any time of the year. There are typical winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly high in the sky, you can go on a guided paragliding adventure off Mount Baldy. Then, when the weather gets warmer, you can take advantage of the miles (over 400 miles to be exact) of tracks for biking, horseback riding, and hiking.
5. Jackson Hole – Teton Village, Wyoming
For those who want a five-star experience, Jackson Hole will be right up your alley. The resort offers all of the snowy activities that you’d come to expect from a ski resort, but with an elevated touch. There’s a concierge team to help you make the most of your outdoor experience. There’s a four-hour wildlife excursion across the American frontier where you’ll see bison, grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and more. You can go on a sleigh ride, a dog-pulled sled, or if you want to experience a new mountain range, hop on the High Mountain Heli-Skiing transport.
When it’s time to plan your next getaway, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to a ski resort!