Play hard in one of North America's hottest winter destinations
by Noah Johnson
The state's largest city is about half an hour from some of the East Coast's best skiing and snowboarding. Stowe Mountain is Vermont's highest peak, and it's got 485 skiable acres, including a world-class half-pipe. Get your thrills snowkiting on Lake Champlain with the crew at Stormboarding. For lodging, rent a yurt at Maple Wind Farm where you can sled, backcountry ski, or snowshoe to and from your accommodations. And don't forget to end your trip by throwing back a couple of frosty pints at the
Magic Hat Brewing Company.
Santa Fe, NM
Although it's much more popular in the summer, winter is an ideal time to visit this outdoorsy Southwestern town. Carve up the slopes and catch some rays on the sundeck at Ski Santa Fe, just 16 miles from town. Get off the beaten path for a custom adventure with
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Snowshoe? Hike? Fly-fish? You name it, they'll make it happen. Wrap up your stay at Ten Thousand Waves, a traditional Japanese spa high in the mountains. Once there, try hot-stone therapy or a Yasuragi head and neck treatment.
Just a couple of hours from Seattle, this city is one of the best ski towns in North America. Thirty minutes from he city center is Cypress Mountain, where Shaun White won snowboarding Olympic Gold in 2010. It's also the most vertical drop in the region. Head over to the Grouse Mountain Zipline, just 15 miles from Vancouver, and fly 50 mph, 200 feet above the ground, through BC's spectacular old-growth forests. Finally, catch a Canucks game and grab a famous Chambar Ale at nearby Chambar Belgium Restaurant.