Fresh powder covering the slopes, the glow from a roaring fireplace, Warren Miller playing on loop…if these images come to mind when you picture wintertime destinations, you may be a ski resort junkie. Of course there’s nothing at all wrong with this. Who can blame you for being in love with places that really come alive when the snow starts falling? For you it’s all skiing, all the time. Maybe your kids or your partner just don’t get the appeal, however. They’re not drawn to the slopes the same way you are. Sure they like going down a run or two, but it’s not really in their DNA like it is yours. So where are those places offering the best of both worlds? World-class runs and plenty of in-town entertainment. In this short essay we’re taking a look across North America to bring you the best of the best. These are the top North American ski towns that will delight even non-skiers.
When you imagine luxurious travel experiences there’s a decent chance a ski resort vacation comes to mind. Picture hotels filled with jet-setting guests in from around the world. Perhaps there’s a hearty fire, a bottle of Champaign, and a spread of cheese. Snow falls gently as Alpine cabins radiate a warm glow, protecting those inside from cold mountain winds. Infectious smiles adorn children eagerly awaiting their first chairlift ride. Trendy cafes offer up tasty drinks as chefs hurriedly prepare kitchens for the evening dinner rush. Where exactly are those places epitomizing this ideal? We got it into our heads to look around the world and bring you a sample of ski resort destinations offering the best in their respective regions. Whether it’s Canada or Chile, Austria or Japan, these are Trip.com’s top places to hit the slopes.