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These U.S. Ski Destinations Aren’t Aspen Or Vail

Winter is when many people enjoy curling up at home, going to the beach, or hitting the slopes. You are likely familiar with the big-name ski resorts in Colorado like Aspen and Vail.

Although those luxury winter vibes aren’t suitable for everybody – or within everyone’s budget, Aspen and Vail are far from the only places to shred some gnar at this time of year.

Below, we have listed some great ski destinations in the U.S. &

Telluride, Colorado

In Telluride, skiers and snowboarders can switch between skiing and snowboarding, plus non-skiers can enjoy a little sledding action.

In addition to gondola rides, the Telluride Historical Museum and Telluride Brewing Company offer great views and information about the area’s mining history and Ute heritage.

Taos, New Mexico

The first thing you think of when you hear about New Mexico might not be skiing.

However, Taos is an excellent ski resort in the northern part of New Mexico, just 50 miles south of Colorado.

Tourists might also enjoy the views from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the artwork at the Millicent Rogers Museum, and tasty food at La Cueva Cafe, Lambert’s, or The Love Apple.

Bend, Oregon

When you visit Bend in the winter, you can go skiing at Mt. Bachelor, a popular destination in the Pacific Northwest.

A leading ski resort in North America, Mt. Bachelor offers a variety of winter sports for all levels of athletes.

You can also take a break from the elevation by checking out Bend’s many breweries, nearby hot springs, or the High Desert Museum.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Over the years, many luminaries have been attracted to the resort city. Skiers and snowboarders can now enjoy terrain suited to all levels.

You can also try snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and snowmobiling in Sun Valley Village and downtown Ketchum.

During his time here, Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Islands in the Stream,” “The Garden of Eden,” and “A Moveable Feast.”

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole has some of the most picturesque skiing in the U.S. The Grand Targhee, Snow King, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort cater to all types of sports enthusiasts.

You can ride mountain roller coasters, take gondola rides, view wildlife, and enjoy delicious meals. This Wyoming town is also home to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.