Ski and snowboard season is upon us. According to a recent holiday and winter travel survey by Vacasa, conducted with Allison + Partners Research, 61 percent of respondents said they’re planning a ski or snowboard trip this winter. Vacasa, the nation’s leading vacation rental management platform, and more than 100 other booking platforms also experienced a 50 percent increase in Tahoe area reservations after reports of snowfall, showing demand for ski season is stronger than ever.
Whistler, British Columbia
Located on the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, just two hours north of Vancouver, this legendary destination is an international mountain sports destination and luxe mountain town. Two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, offers complete access to Whistler’s Blackcomb’s renowned alpine terrain. The town hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, so visitors can shred the same runs as the pros.
Big Sky, Montana
Situated in the Rocky Mountains of southern Montana, Big Sky is known for its top-notch skiing and downhill mountain bike trails. The biggest skiing in America means one lift ticket gives visitors access to Big Sky’s 5,800 acres of skiable terrain and 4,350 feet of vertical, spanning four mountains.
Park City, Utah
Park City Mountain stakes its claim as the largest U.S. ski resort, with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. The destination hosted many major ski and snowboard events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics. Travelers can pick between Park City Mountain or Deer Valley Resort. Deer Valley Resort caters to the skier-only crowd, so snowboarders aren’t allowed.
This small mountain town sits in the heart of the Rockies and currently boasts five peaks, 187 trails, the tallest chairlift in North America and more. This destination is recognized as one of the best ski resorts in Colorado and offers great powder, beautiful skies and a quaint Main Street to cruise after a day on the slopes.
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
Sugar Mountain is a go-to spot for great skiing at an affordable price. The mountain provides the most skiable terrain and largest vertical drop in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort features 125 acres across 21 slopes with eight lifts for rapid transport.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Located in northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs is home to the Howelsen Hill ski area and the Steamboat Ski Resort, featuring 18 lifts and 169 trails across six mountain peaks. The destination prides itself on being an affordable, premier destination in the country. The Steamboat experience and surrounding mountains will soon be elevated after its $135 million renovation.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
With the NFL season in full swing and games already booked for months, there’s more than one reason to look forward to cheering on your favorite team. What better way to celebrate (or mourn a loss) after a game than visiting some great bars within walking distance of these massive NFL stadiums?
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
More and more travelers want to feel good about the hotel they stay in and the trips they take. They want to know their vacation isn’t harming the environment and local community they are visiting. These hotels go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to local communities, employees, the environment and more.