Have you ever noticed that the world seems to be divided when it comes to winter — namely between the people who hate it and people who ski? Ok, well not exactly, but when it comes to finding a destination that fulfills every skier’s (and snowboarder’s) wish list and doesn’t alienate the chalet bunnies, you’ve got to pick wisely. To help you out we’ve rounded up 7 ski-friendly places that will please everyone in your group, whether they plan to live on the slopes or lounge by the pool.
Destination: Stowe, Vermont
Why You Should Go: Whether you’ve never been down a hill or prefer to stay on the black diamond runs, there’s terrain to suit your skill. The region’s largest peak, Mt. Mansfield, measures in at 4395′ and calls Stowe Mountain Resort home. With over 100 trails to choose from including some of the longest intermediate cruises in the region, we promise you’ll find more than a few runs to enjoy.
For those who would rather stay off the slopes, we suggest booking a spa appointment at the luxurious mountain-side Stowe Mountain Lodge, home to a 21,000-square foot oasis complete with fitness center, swimming pools, Jacuzzi and 18 treatment rooms. We suggest the Vermont Maple Syrup & Brown Sugar Scrub ($150 for 50min), which is as delicious as it sounds.
If you’re hoping to stay outdoors, try a romantic sleigh ride for two, leading a pack of dogs on a sled or hitting the 100kms of trails in the backcountry on cross-country skis. An active day must be followed by some good eats and some après-ski drinks. Forget dressing up and order pizza from Pie in the Sky or go for some fish and chips with a side of beer at Mr. Pickwick’s, an English-style pub which offers 150 ales and largers on tap.