With another few months of winter upon us, what better way to take advantage of the arctic chill and glacial milieus than with a trip to a fabulous, frosty vacation spot?
1. Skiing in Aspen, Colorado
The famed Colorado ski resort is one of the most revered in the world and has something for every level of skier. Four mountains make up the area: Ajax, Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass. Check into The Little Nell to take advantage of Aspen’s only 5-star ski-in and ski-out hotel. Ajax is right above the hotel and with 76 trails, 11,000 feet in elevation, and Black Diamond terrain, it’s definitely a must for the skilled skier.
2. Snowshoeing in Yosemite, California
The best way to get around Yosemite during the winter is snowshoeing and it requires no previous practice for this low-impact sport. Enjoy guided hikes to Dewey Point to take in the outstanding view or a magical full moon snowshoe walk. From the Badger Pass, you can also enjoy an overnight hike to Ostrander Lake — a 10-mile trip via either Bridalveil Creek or Merced Crest, with a stay at Ostrander Ski Hut and then a return snowshoe hike via an alternate trail the next day.
3. Mountaineering on Mt. Whitney, California
If climbing a 14,505-foot snowy mountain appeals to you, then get decked out for an adventurous trip up to this peak, which is the highest in the lower 48 states. SWS Mountain Guides offers training on everything from rope team travel to ice axe techniques and how to assess a possible avalanche hazard. The climb, for intermediate and advanced climbers, takes four days.
4. Snowboarding in Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is deemed one of the best spots for snowboarding, not least because of the fresh powder coating it gets from being so close to the Pacific. The BC location was home to the Winter Olympics three years ago and has some of the best amenities an avid snowboarder can dream of. From luxury packages to economical travel, it’s accessible to all budgets.
5. Heli-Skiing in Jacksonhole, Wyoming
Getting dropped off by helicopter at the top of a mountain where there are miles of virgin, untracked snow below you and total silence is a rush most adrenaline junkies can’t resist. The 305,000 acres of terrain include steep shoots, enchanted forests, and glades. Either going solo or with a guide, fans of heli-skiing have said it’s even better than sex!
6. Bavarian Curling in St. Moritz, Switzerland
As well as great skiing and ice-skating, a trip to St. Moritz wouldn’t be complete without a try at Bavarian curling at the Ludains open-air ice rink. The popular Swiss town has a myriad of different activities in the winter months including bob rides, ice hockey, and tobogganing.
7. Skiing in Niseko, Japan
This Japanese town has been declared one of the snowiest places on earth and with the Siberian air mass sweeping into the mountainous highlands, it’s one of the best places in the world for winter sports. Japan hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 and 1998 and the country is growing ever popular with international adventure seekers. And with web cams dotted around various locations in Niseko, your loved ones back home can see you in action.
8. Sled and Soak in the Colorado Rockies
There’s nothing better than soaking in a hot spring after a day full of winter adventure sports. The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado offers ski and hot springs packages so you can play all day and soak all night. You can also go snowmobiling in the Rockies, with a box lunch included, and then enjoy one of the 23 hot mineral soaking pools.