Colorado is arguably one of the most beloved ski destinations in the US. But when crowd favorites such as Breckenridge, Colorado, and Park City, Utah, are not available, you are not left in the cold when it comes to skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. So when you are due for some winter action, consider one of these excellent Global Discovery Vacations areas. Even better, these are Expressway destinations that offer winter activities at or near the resort.
California/Nevada: South Lake Tahoe/Stateline
Skiing and gambling: a match made in heaven. California’s South Lake Tahoe and Nevada’s Stateline sit brotherly on either side of the border. Popular ski areas are Heavenly Mountain, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Lodge at Lake Tahoe and Lodge at Kingsbury Crossing provide comfortable accommodations that will get you ready for some memorable downhill adventures in the snow.
Michigan: Harbor Springs, Charlevoix
You may not know this, but across the state, Michigan has the second most skiing areas in the United States. This makes it a perfect winter getaway for those who live in the Midwest. Try the slopes of the Boyne Highlands or, for a quieter setting, the Charlevoix area. Trout Creek Condominium Resort and Pointes North Inn welcome you to Northern Michigan.
North Carolina: Banner Elk
When you stay at Blue Ridge Village in Banner Elk, you will have easy access to both Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain. Where the first one is popular with families, the second ski area strikes the perfect balance between easier and more advanced runs. After a long day in the snow, the scenic mountain views and warmth of the fireplace will recharge your battery.
Wisconsin: Eagle River
Surrounded by forests and lakes, Eagle River may be small, but it’s big in motorized winter sports. The town that has the largest inland chain of lakes in the world, is also the self-proclaimed “Snowmobile Capital of the World.” This location is good for those who like to go beyond the boards and skis, while getting back to nature. However, if you prefer traditional winter activities, then check out the Nicolet and Chequamegon National Forests for some unique cross-country skiing. The Wild Eagle Lodge offers guests luxurious lodge homes, which make for a relaxing experience.
If you really have your heart set on Colorado, why not give Avon a try? It’s close to one of America’s most popular winter sports areas, as both Vail and Beaver Creek are nearby. Here you can find around 33 runs. Stay at Christie Lodge, a centrally located resort with indoor and outdoor pools, free parking and a 24-hour front desk.
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