The Ultimate GO Guide to Skiing
The Ultimate GO Guide to Skiing
It's that time of year again. We're back with our favorite active winter destinations around the globe. Find your favorite mountain at these new and undiscovered ski lodges.
Not surprisingly, a few are right out our back door—you just can't beat the powdery snow in our favorite Rocky Mountain ski towns! We're headed to the Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte and soon-to-open The Blake in Taos. Looking to go farther afield? Check out Tweedsmuir Lodge with Bella Coola Heli-Sports in British Columbia, where the terrain is so vast you'll be amazed your guides don't get lost. For those looking to really break in their passport this year, head to the newly opened Deplar Farm (not your typical farm) in Iceland where you'll heli-ski to your heart's content. Don't worry, for those who don't downhill ski these destinations have plenty of other activities such as snowshoeing, sledding, and meeting Icelandic horses. Wherever you decide to go this winter, take a few extra turns for us.
FAVORITE CLOSE-TO-HOME GETAWAY
SCARP RIDGE LODGE IN CRESTED BUTTE
Crested Butte, Colorado, is one of those hidden mountain gems. With a local population of only 1,500, it's the kind of town that isn't chock-full of tourists and designer storefronts. Not that there's anything wrong with couture, but rather, that there's something very right about a small community in the mountains that still ticks the way the locals want it to. Combine this authentic small-town vibe with staggering Rocky Mountain peaks in every direction you look, and you've got the perfect ingredients for the winter escape of a lifetime. Maybe that's why the former coal-mining burg is now called "the last great Colorado ski town." Crested Butte is also home to an immense cross-country ski trail system where you can nordic ski, snowshoe, and even fat bike. Our favorite place to stay in the Butte? Scarp Ridge Lodge, and for good reason.
THE HOTTEST NEW OPENING IN THE WEST
THE BLAKE AT TAOS SKI VALLEY
Taos Ski Valley is one of the most magical places to ski in the United States. Not only is the area steeped in New Mexican culture and western history, but Taos gets a surprising amount of annual snowfall. You wouldn't think of skiing deep powder as you approach through plains of juniper and piñon pine, but continue climbing up the Taos Ski Valley and you'll become a believer. The Blake opens in 2017 after a long-awaited revitalization to the base area at Taos Ski Valley. With handmade textiles, thoughtful aromatherapy, and a sustainable buildout, The Blake is sure to delight the senses at every turn. Its 80 rooms are adjacent to Lift 1, meaning you have access to the best snow right out the front door. There are also plenty of sledding and snowshoe options available nearby!
BEST PLACE TO MAKE A FIRST DESCENT
BELLA COOLA HELISPORTS AT TWEEDSMUIR LODGE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The wilds of Bella Coola Valley in British Columbia evokes the explorer within each of us. And a stay at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, complete with dramatic slopes to heli-ski each day, is the perfect way to satiate that thirst for adventure.Bella Coola is the ultimate destination in British Columbia when it comes to heli-skiing. Founded by a group of skiers, Bella Coola has access to the largest contiguous heli-skiing tenure in North America. With 2.64 million acres of skiable terrain in the Coast Mountains, the entire area is 499 times bigger than Vail, 325 times bigger than Whistler and Blackcomb combined, and 90 times bigger than the whole Trois Vallées—hey, it's even bigger than the entire Swiss Alps. That means you're guaranteed fresh tracks...every...single...day.
NUMBER ONE UNTOUCHED SKI TERRAIN ABROAD
DEPLAR FARM IN ICELAND
Iceland is at the top of a lot of bucket lists right now, and it's easy to see why. There's just something immensely alluring about a place that has long been devoid of tourists and has so much untouched natural beauty. This is one country we think deserves more than a layover! The newly opened Deplar Farm is perfect for finally checking Iceland off your list. The outpost is contemporary and comfortable, and right in the middle of the winter action. With over 1,500 square miles of terrain including many uncharted runs within your reach, experienced guides will choose slopes appropriate for your group’s skill level, ranging from intermediate to expert. In case you're not one for sliding downhill on a pair of sticks, there are plenty of other things to do in Iceland—including visit the friendly local horses, take a dip in the hot springs, and photograph the famous waterfalls near Reykjavik.
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