There are plenty of places to hit the slopes in the world whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, but the best ski towns not only offer great ski conditions, they also offer great vacation memories for all the moments that you’re not actually spending coming down the hill. After all, you can only spend so many hour a day actually skiing. Here are some of the best ski towns in the world.
Telluride is a town that has retained its old west charm while being completely surrounded by the wilderness. The town full of restaurants is right at the bottom of the ski hills so its easy to go back and forth between the town and the slopes if you want to sit down for real meals outside of the ski lodge throughout the day. Near the slopes there is also a village of restaurants and slopes that can be reached from the town by using their version of public transportation…the gondola.
Park City, Utah
Park City is home to three different (and huge) ski resorts. It has the most ski slopes of any town, and some of the ski lifts even come right to the street area which really closes the gap between the ski day and the rest of the day. Park City also offers a variety of different kinds of ski options. including night skiing. For off the slope times of day, the town has many fine dining establishments and bars to keep you occupied.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is one ski area that is actually busier in the summer than in the winter thanks to its proximity to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks. Jackson is very much a western style town, and the historic downtown area has kept all of those western style touches that really make you feel like you’re away from home.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs has been called “Ski town U.S.A”, so you know they take the sport pretty seriously. Steamboat is yet another western style town, and it also a great natural hot springs which is nature’s perfect answer to relaxing those sore muscles after you put in work on the slopes.
Aspen originated as a mining town and today is one of the most popular ski towns around the world. The downtown area of Aspen has grown considerably over the years but it is still a mountain town with wild animals near by. There are tons of shops to hit and restaurants to experience when you’re not skiing.
Stateline, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California
These towns are basically the same place but with the state line drawn down between them they are easy to tell apart. The Nevada side is covered in casinos, while the California side is not. Heavenly is the largest resort in Tahoe and it is divided between the two states. Tahoe is a pretty bustling down in both the summer and the winter, filled with tourists mixed between indoor and outdoor activities.