Living in Southern Texas the chances of a “White Christmas”, or even some snow during the winter months are rare. Luckily there are many Ski Resorts that are nearby that will make a great winter vacation for the whole family! Continue reading to find out all the fun stuff you can do besides skiing or snowboarding at ski resorts.
What are Ski Resorts?
Ski resorts are usually a small city or town at the base of a mountain that has been specifically groomed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. There are cleared off trails for skiing or boarding as well as lifts to get you to the middle or top of the mountain depending on your ability level. Usually, Ski Resorts will have a large variety of hotels, condos, or houses to rent, with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping, and other activities suitable for both adults and families. Many hotels and condo units will try to make their location more desirable with the addition of pools, hot tubs, game rooms, and even movie theaters. Most ski resorts will also have places for sledding or tubing.
Where To Go?
There are many ski resorts to visit all over the United States, as well as Canada and Europe. For guaranteed snow, the closest location from Houston will be the many ski resorts near Denver, Colorado. Breckenridge, Colorado is a fan favorite because it is close to Aspen and Vail, but it is a little less expensive than those locations. It also has a great family friendly scene, as well as a ton of activities for those that don’t ski or snowboard.
Western Ski Resorts
Believe it or not, but the Western States have more ski resorts in the United States than the East Coast. There are 35 major ski resorts in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and even New Mexico.
The most popular ski destinations in these states are:
- Heavenly, California
- Mammoth, California
- North Star at Tahoe, California
- Aspen, Colorado
- Breckenridge, Colorado
- Vail, Colorado
- Big Sky, Montana
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Park City, Utah
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With so many ski resorts within close flying distance, Western States Ski Resorts make for a fun long weekend getaway and are great for last-minute getaways, especially when flight prices drop!
Eastern Ski Resorts
There are 8 major ski resorts in the Eastern States residing in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Probably the most famous is Lake Placid for hosting the Winter Olympics twice in 1932 and 1980.
Ski Resorts Outside the USA
There are many ski resorts in Canada and Europe. With over 14 major ski resorts in Canada, and with over 50 in over 6 different countries in Europe you will have many destinations to choose from if you are looking to take a longer vacation out of the US.
There are amazing ski resorts in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. The greatest part is you can visit many of the major tourist destinations in each of those countries while taking a quick side trip to ski in some in some of the most famous ski destinations in the world!
There is so much information about ski vacations that it is hard to fit it all in one blog. If you haven’t tried to ski or snowboard yet, but it is on your bucket list to try, a closer US destination might be a great option for you to test out your skills, and if you don’t like it, there will be plenty of other cold weather activities to try!
Contact Tahnee, Debbie, or Alma for more information on Ski Resorts at 281-363-0808 M-F from 9am to 5:30pm, or fill out the form below for some great last minute trip options or to plan ahead and give yourself something to dream about during our 100+ degrees with 98% humidity summers!