There’s a bitter chill in the air. Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and everything is frozen. Winter is finally in full swing! For a lot of people, that means limiting or suspending their outdoor activities and staying inside by the fire with a warm cup of cocoa. But for those of us that like to maintain an active lifestyle no matter what season it is, a little cold never bothered us. With that in mind, here’s where we’re dreaming of jet-setting off to next to get our winter sports fix!
1. Aspen, Colorado, United States
Up in the Rocky Mountains, this Colorado town is more than just a goldmine of fresh powder and some of the best ski and snowboard runs in the world (with four mountains to choose from!). It’s also the Hollywood of winter sports resorts. It’s not uncommon for private jets to set their course for Aspen from all over America. Aspen is full of glitz and glamour and home to some of the finest hotels, restaurants, and celebrity-sighting opportunities in the world.
2. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is Europe’s answer to Aspen. It’s a playground for the rich and famous, with some pretty damn good skiing to boot (no pun intended)! Nestled in the famed Swiss Alps, St. Moritz features some of the finest runs and best snow in the world and attracts wealthy Europeans from all walks of life. Take a break from the slopes one day and go ice-skating or play some hockey on one of St. Moritz’s many frozen lakes or ponds!
3. Whistler, Canada
There’s no shortage of snow or mountains in Canada, that’s for sure. That’s just one of the reasons that, for many North Americans, Whistler is one of the most popular and best winter sports destinations year after year. There’s always fresh powder and an abundance of runs for everyone from beginner to advanced – and you can’t beat that Canadian hospitality, eh?
4. Chamonix, France
Chamonix is one of three resort towns in France and Italy which surround Europe’s highest peak outside the Caucasus Range, Mont Blanc (or “White Mountain”). Chamonix and Mont Blanc are not just known for being a great place for winter sports, but also for their amazing natural beauty. Additionally, Chamonix was home to the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924.
5. Lake Placid, New York, United States
Lake Placid in upstate New York doesn’t feature the same kind of ski and snowboard runs as the resort towns of the Rocky Mountains. But, then again, Aspen doesn’t have an Olympic luge track! Home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid’s luge track is still fully operational. Winter sports history buffs will want to visit Lake Placid to see where the “Miracle on Ice” took place, when the U.S.A. improbably defeated Russia in ice hockey at the height of the Cold War.