My parents took us skiing almost every year for the winter holiday vacation when we were kids – except for the couple of years my mom demanded sun and bathing suits. Skiing is a fun way to spend a vacation, get great exercise, meet nice people and have an all around great vacation. Below find two fantastic resorts to ski, eat, sleep and have fun for families, couples and friends.
1) Sugarbush Resort
Lucky for us, we had family that lived near Sugarbush in Vermont, so when we visited them, going skiing was a bonus. With 111 ski trails (beginner to advanced), 16 chairlifts (to take you to the top), and the excellent skiing terrain, Sugarbush, officially located in Warren, Vermont, is well worth your skiing experience. Lessons for beginners and pros, young and old can be taken as well. Sugarbush is about 5 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Boston and 45 minutes outside of Burlington, Vermont.
Lift tickets and passes – annual passes, daily tickets, discounts and more can be found for skiing at Sugarbush
There are also mountain tours, lessons, rentals (for those who don’t have skis, poles, boots etc…)
Daycare – if your kids are not interested in skiing or you need a day to yourselves, Sugarbush Day school provides excellent care.
Where to Eat:
Sugarbush Inn is fabulous place to stay, and has been owned by the same family for years. Great food, fun events and a family atmosphere.
Timbers – this is on the peak, so you have snowy, mountain views along with great steaks and locally grown vegetables.
Where to stay:
– The Sugarbush Inn (a lot of places in this area are named Sugarbush as you can see) is a cute hotel only a mile from the base of the resort. 46 rooms, complimentary sports center and breakfast.
Round Barn Farm – a romantic, beautiful Inn surrounded by mountains and gorgeous Vermont terrain. A Bed and Breakfast very close to Sugarbush Resort, this historic Inn is a 19th century farmhouse. Some of the rooms are pricey but very charming – the cheapest per night is the Palmer Room, about a fair $165 a night.
2) Jackson Hole, Wyoming
My brother and I loved this place as kids. Our parents took us twice, and it definitely left an impression – a good impression. Near Idaho, on the Western border of Wyoming, this area is a valley surrounded by mountains, rivers and streams. It is a beautiful part of this country. There are 116 ski trails, half of them considered expert. “Ski Magazine” rated them first in “challenge skiing” and 2nd for customers being satisfied with all aspects.
Lift tickets and passes – full day, afternoon, beginner tickets available (senior and kids rates as well)
Lessons (ski school) for all ages – group and private.
Where to eat:
There are plenty of places to eat, for instance, Rendezvous at the summit of the Bridger Gondola has windows galore that let you enjoy a view while you eat buffet style, or what they call “Action Stations.” Open daily at 11am.
There are also local faves like Nick Wilson’s Bar and Grill, with homemade pizza and drink specials. At the base of the aerial tram, this is a fun night spot. Opens daily at 3pm.
Where to stay:
Teton Mountain Lodge – this is a four star resort with bells and whistles and quite fantastic to stay at. Views are fabulous either way – valley or mountains. Rooms vary (some with fireplaces, some bi-level etc…). You can get a room in early December for $149 a night -with a fireplace as well as a bi-level for $399 a night.
You never need to leave this place (except to ski) with its spa, 2 restaurants, indoor (and outdoor) pool, bar wedding services and so much more. The mountain resort is .1 miles away.
Hotel Terra – as they say, an “approachable” hotel with ski in access from Jackson Hole resort. Guest rooms range from $159 – $675 (for more bedrooms to accommodate more people). You can buy your lift tickets at the hotel as well. Spa services (spa packages), a cafe for breakfast, Italian restaurant, and an “eco-hotel”, Hotel Terra is a great choice for your skiing vacation.