Snowy vacations are ideal for breaking away from the daily grind. Ski trips offer something for everyone, whether you’re planning a getaway for the whole family, a group of friends, or just you and your partner. The more active types can shred the slopes, while the ones who just want to curl up by the fire and relax can do so either at the ski resort’s lodge or at your own cozy vacation rental. At a loss for where to go on your next ski trip? You can’t go wrong when you choose one of these top destinations.
Stay in a cozy mountain home in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Visitors to Switzerland’s Crans-Montana can fly down the slopes while taking in the impressive views of the Matterhorn, which straddles the border between Italy and Switzerland, and the Mont Blanc in France. Skiers of all levels will find plenty of slopes to practice on, and there are also several winter hiking trails and cross-country ski runs to explore. The town of Crans-Montana has an urban feel, but also exudes plenty of the quintessential Swiss charm. So after a packed day on the mountain, soak up the après-ski atmosphere in town before heading back to your cozy ski chalet and its fully equipped kitchen, Jacuzzi, and storage room with boot warmers.
Rent a luxurious ski chalet in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, better known simply as Chamonix, is close to France’s shared borders with Switzerland and Italy. Home to the famous Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, and nestled within the Graian Alps, this mountain town has some of the best skiing conditions in the world. And if you don’t ski, the various shops, galleries, and cafes that fill the Victorian-style town offer tons to do. Ski chalet rentals can be well-appointed, with amenities like high-speed Internet, full kitchens, and bus and train passes. But for those who want the top-of-the-line treatment, the most luxurious rental options include prepared meals, transportation to and from the ski lifts, and even the option to book a massage on-site.
Make the most of your ski trip in Whistler, BC, Canada
Less than a 3-hour drive from the US–Canada border, British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is extremely accessible to West Coasters. Its proximity to Vancouver also makes the resort easy to get to from most major airports across the US. But convenience isn’t the only reason to book a ski trip here: the resort is enormous, with over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. There’s also a thriving après-ski scene, with restaurants and bars galore to explore. The rentals themselves are cozy and provide cold weather–focused amenities designed to soothe tired, aching muscles after a long day, including comfy living rooms with fireplaces, outdoor terraces with hot tubs, and heated pools.
Rent a cozy condo for your ski trip to Big Sky, Montana
If you’re looking to plan a ski trip within the US, you may want to look at Big Sky Resort in Montana. The resort has over 5,800 acres of skiable terrain and a variety of trails suited for all levels. What’s more, the resort’s location as the base camp to Yellowstone National Park means you can combine your ski trip with a visit to one of the nation’s top parks. Renting a condo or cozy cabin with a fully equipped kitchen allows you to have some meals in, yet you’re only a short drive away from several delicious restaurants. And other amenities, like on-site hot tubs and fireplaces stocked with wood, make it easy for you to have a stress-free trip.
Go night skiing when you rent a log cabin in Newry, Maine
Popular with beginner and expert skiers alike, Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine offers vacationers a chance to explore over 130 trails spread across 8 mountain peaks. What’s more, the resort keeps the lights on for night skiing on weekends. You can stay in a beautiful log cabin that's just a 5-minute drive from the slopes and offers on-site laundry amenities, a fully equipped kitchen, and stunning views of the mountains. Or rent a ski-in/ski-out condo that provides access to a shared pool and hot tub, as well as all the in-unit comforts of home. A tip for those on a budget who are traveling with children: kids can ski free if you go during certain times.