Skiing and snow boarding are the ultimate winter activities, and for many, planning that yearly ski trip is the highlight of the winter season. If you’re looking to book your next ski trip—or perhaps heading out for your first time down the slopes—then why not take a look at this handy guide of some of the greatest ski areas in the world. Covering some of the best ski areas in North America, can score great vacation rentals everywhere from Colorado and California, to snowy peaks and plates of poutine in Canada.
Popular ski areas in the US
Some of the best skiing in the world can be found right here in the US. From California, to Colorado, to local ski resorts on the East Coast and throughout the country, you’re sure to find the perfect ski area for you. Colorado is probably the country’s premier destination for everything snow-related, while over in California you’ll find great skiing conditions just a few hours from the sunny streets of Los Angeles in places like Big Bear. Head a little further north and you’ll find great ski areas in Lake Tahoe high up in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
Go in search of powder in Colorado
Skiing is taken seriously in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also have a serious amount of fun. Not only are the slopes here second to none, but the socializing and entertainment opportunities are just as epic as those Rocky Mountain peaks. You’ll find chic restaurants and bars alongside trendy boutiques and art galleries in high-end destinations like Vail and Aspen, while friendly Breckenridge is just a few hours' drive from bustling Denver. The historic mountain mining town boasts some of the highest peaks in the country, and all throughout the state you’ll find cozy, comfortable, and stylish vacation rentals.
Sun, sea, and skiing in scenic California
Famous for its year-round sun, stunning Pacific Coast beaches, and swaying palm trees, it might come as a surprise to hear that skiing in California is just as big a deal as its surfing. In fact, in some areas of the state, you could be surfing in the morning and skiing by the afternoon, with just a short 2-hour drive in between. Big Bear is easily one of the most popular ski areas in southern California, while further north—and easily accessible from San Francisco and the Bay Area—you’ll find that Lake Tahoe becomes a winter wonderland from Thanksgiving through April.
Make the most of Canada’s best ski resorts
North of the border, you’ll find plenty of great ski areas in Canada. There are local ski resorts all over the country, especially in Ontario and Montreal, but for back diamond runs, deliciously fresh powder, and decadent apres-ski nightlife, you might want to head to Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, or to the ski areas of Ontario, such as Blue Mountain ski resort, which is just a 2-hour drive outside Toronto. Wherever you choose to spend your next ski vacation in Canada, you’ll be sure to find a cozy and comfortable vacation rental with our great range of vacation cabins and chalets in the country.
Go from sea to sky in British Columbia
British Columbia boasts some of the best skiing in North America, if not the world. Just a few hours from Vancouver, and easily accessible via the aptly named Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler Blackcomb is a ski lover’s dream. Centered around the attractive and welcoming resort town of Whistler, the skiing and snowboarding is spread over the twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb, with a wide variety of runs, covering everything from nursery slopes for beginners, to black diamond runs for veterans. You’ll find a great range of vacation rental options in the town, from chalets to serviced apartments.
Family-friendly peaks in Ontario
It’s not just about the West Coast and the Rockies when it comes to skiing in Canada. In fact, some of the most popular ski areas in the country can be found just a few hours’ drive from the bustling metropolis of Toronto. With its distinctly European flair, the pedestrian-only Blue Mountain resort’s proximity to Toronto has helped make it the third most popular ski area in Canada. Blue Mountain has also been voted the most family-friendly resort in Canada, while the variety of runs and off-piste opportunities makes it the perfect choice for all abilities.