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Choose The Best HGV Ski Destination Based On Your Travel Style

Hilton Grand Vacations offers alpine adventures for all types of travelers

The Vacationeer
A skier enjoying fresh snow in Whistler, Canada

Pack up your ski goggles and gloves, and start planning your next ski trip. With only a few months left in the season and tons of ski destinations in North America, narrowing down where to go can take time and effort. Consider selecting your ideal ski destinations based on your travel style — whether you want to ski at the best of the best, a family-friendly set of slopes or someplace you can unplug from the daily grind.

Check out these five ski destinations, and see which one fits your travel style the best for a snowy escape you’ll always remember.

Ski chair lift above snowy forest in Breckenridge, Colorado 

1. Unplug At Breckenridge, Colorado

A ski excursion is a great way to stay active and unplugged while on vacation. Breckenridge offers plenty of non-tech things to do, so you’ll be too busy to check your notifications.

Where to ski: With over 180 trails, there’s almost no end to Breckenridge’s scenic slopes. Check out this three-day itinerary for a snow-filled getaway on some of Breck’s best slopes.

Things to do: Go on an old-school dog sledding tour with a pack of friendly huskies. Learn about Colorado’s mining history at Country Boy Mine, and try panning for gold like a prospector of the past. Or explore the shops of downtown Breckenridge’s Main Street, and sample unique cocktails at Apres Handcrafted Libations.

Where to stay: Relax and recuperate at Valdoro Mountain Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, however you decide to unplug and unwind.

Park City, Utah, during winter at dusk 

2. Feast In Park City, Utah

Foodies will find plenty of high-end restaurants and unique eateries close to Park City’s slopes. Or bring the whole family for a trip everyone will remember.

Where to ski: Park City visitors have their choice of skiing from Deer Valley, Woodward and Jupiter Peak. Check out Canyons Village, the former site of the Winter Olympics.

Things to do: Brunchers should snag a table at Five5eeds for exceptional coffee and a menu stacked with locally sourced produce, such as the hotcakes and shakshuka, a Moroccan baked eggs dish. In the evening, try a horse-drawn sleigh ride and dinner with Snowed Inn Sleigh Company or dine inside a yurt for unmatched views of Park City. Enjoy drinks at No Name Saloon & Grill for a more traditional après ski experience.

Where to stay: Stay at Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, for a cozy retreat after a day of great skiing and good eats.

A group of snowboarders at Whistler Blackcomb, Canada 

3. Bust Your Bucket List At Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada, is one of the top ski destinations in the world. Ski like an Olympian at Whistler Olympic Park, or get your bearings on the mountain’s varied terrain.

Where to ski: Enjoy double the options at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. Amateurs and experts alike will find plenty of trails. Or try heli-skiing on untracked snow with a spectacular mountainscape.

Things to do: Skiing is one of many outdoor adventure available. See how two Hilton Grand Vacations Owners spend their time in Whistler. Don’t forget to après ski and cozy up at Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub.

Where to stay: Enjoy breathtaking mountain views from a Suite at Hilton Grand Vacations Club Whistler.

Lake Tahoe in California in the winter 

4. Bring The Whole Family To Lake Tahoe, California

Bring the whole family on a ski trip on the sunny summits of Lake Tahoe, California. Pack sunscreen with your scarves, as the Lake Tahoe Basin boasts plenty of snowfall and sunshine year-round.

Where to ski: Head to Heavenly Mountain Resort for spring skiing with incredible views of the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Intermediate and advanced skiers can take on more challenging terrain at Alpine Meadows. Or check out Northstar California, just north of Lake Tahoe, for ski and snowboard lessons for the crew.

Things to do: Head to Heavenly Village for more family-friendly fun after skiing Heavenly Mountain. Take a spin at the Heavenly Village Ice Rink, then catch a magic show at the Loft Theatre, which will enchant kids and adults alike. Or try sliding down the slopes with TubeTahoe. Start the day with a hearty breakfast at one of Lake Tahoe’s eateries, or treat everyone to cocoa after a long day in the snow. 

Where to stay: End your day at Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort by toasting marshmallows at the fire pit or unwinding in the hot tub.

The snowy road from Las Vegas to Spring Mountain, where Lee Canyon is located 

5. Add An Urban Excursion In Las Vegas

Who knew you could ski in Las Vegas? The mountains surrounding the Las Vegas Valley can have snow up until March, though keep an eye on the forecast to see if there’ll be enough snow. Consider Sin City for a ski vacation, so you can shred the slopes of Lee Canyon and party on the Strip, all in the same trip.

Where to ski: Head to Mount Charleston and ski in Lee Canyon, less than an hour’s drive from the Strip. Or road trip to Brian Head Resort in Utah to try out southern Utah’s dry powder and laid-back vibes.

Things to do: Explore more of Las Vegas’ fabulous outdoors with five off-the-Strip attractions, including the area’s iconic Red Rock Canyon. Try a high-speed driving experience and get behind the wheel of a racecar for an adrenaline rush off-mountain. Or experience Las Vegas like a local with these five fun things to try.

Where to stay: Take your pick of Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas resorts, where you can vacation like a VIP.

Read “5 Winter Bucket List Ideas For An Epic Season” for more winter vacation inspiration.

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