For those of us who totally dig the chill vibes and that cozy snow blanket, this is the coolest moment ever. Some of us are totally feeling it as the perfect time to chill by a toasty fire, sipping on some hot cocoa, checking out the snow-covered trees, and those snow-topped mountains. Others are gearing up, wrapping themselves in layers, and hitting the snowy scenes for some snowshoe action, downhill shredding, cross-country gliding, snowmobiling adventures, ice skating moves, or just strolling along those snow-packed paths. So, like, where's the ultimate snowy wonderland to vibe in the USA?
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is this cool alpine town in the Adirondack mountains of New York. With over 100 inches of snow every year, it's a top spot for a real snowy winter wonderland experience. Plus, it's hosted not one but two winter Olympic games, making your winter getaway even more epic.
Winter fun in Lake Placid includes ice skating on the Olympic speed skating oval right in town. It's perfect for both pros and beginners. And the downtown area around Mirror Lake is where the action is – tobogganing across the lake at the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is a must for a super fun ride, whether you're a kid or a kid at heart.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Lakes is a year-round hotspot, but winter is when it truly shines. Tucked away in the Eastern Sierra of California, it's a go-to winter resort for skiing, snowboarding, and more.
Mammoth Mountain is the go-to California ski resort with slopes for all skill levels. You can even take ski lessons if you're just starting out. And the views from the top on a clear day? Absolutely breathtaking. But it's not just about skiing – there's ice skating, tubing, snow sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoe hikes through the evergreen forests.
North Conway, New Hampshire
New Hampshire in winter is a dream for snow lovers, especially in North Conway. In the White Mountain region, it's the perfect base for winter adventures, from skiing to sledding.
Take a scenic ride on the snow train through the Attitash mountains for a 90-minute winter wonderland journey. Or hit the Kancamagus Highway, a picturesque route through the White Mountain National Forest – it's like a serene snow globe experience. And don't forget to explore the forest for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and hiking.
For a kid-friendly experience, check out Ice Castles New Hampshire in North Woodstock. It's a magical venue with icicle formations, an enchanted forest, and horse-drawn sleigh rides – perfect for the whole family.
Breckenridge, Colorado, is not just a beautiful ski destination in the Rockies; it's got a charming downtown that screams mining history. Explore Main Street's historic Wild West facades and over 200 shops, transporting you back in time.
The real gem is Breckenridge Ski Resort, open from mid-November to mid-May. Ski or snowboard on 187 trails, including the tallest chairlift in North America. And after shopping, unwind at a local brewery or winery like Breckenridge Distillery.
Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah, with 300 to 400 inches of snow each winter, is a snow lover's paradise. Two world-class ski resorts make it a prime winter vacation spot, and there's more to do than just ski.
Whether it's snowmobiling, dog sledding, or a ride on an Olympic bobsled track (yeah, they hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics), Park City has you covered. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating, or take a leisurely stroll down Main Street – a fairytale winter wonderland with its 19th-century charm, colorful buildings, and fantastic restaurants.
Boyne Falls, Michigan
Boyne Falls, Michigan, is a classic snowy winter destination. From January to mid-March, it's covered in feet of beautiful snow, setting the stage for your winter adventure.
Start at Boyne Mountain for downhill skiing or snowboarding on 60 runs over 415 acres. There's something for every skier, from easy greens to challenging double black diamonds. And when you need a break, explore the village, check out local shops, and treat yourself to a delightful meal at a nearby restaurant. Don't forget the decadent chocolate treat from Kilwin's store to wrap up your snowy escapade!