“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”- Bing Crosby
Whether you imagine slaloming down the slopes of your favorite ski destinations or enjoying the warmth of the lodge with a nice hot cocoa. I am going hit my favorites for this winter season. We will be highlighting 3 main spots in the U.S., since really I have experience only in the states, ranging from wallet friendly to the exclusive, elaborate, no budget getaway. I must admit as a disclosure prior to writing this, due to baseball I haven’t done much skiing. There has been a little fear of hurting myself which would in turn damage the chance of continuing a career in baseball. I have been a few times and loved it, but I have turned into the guy who sits in the lodge and drinks cocoa and reads. But I will certainly have credit to talk about lodging! Let’s not waste any more time and get down to business.
The ever budget friendly Red River and its quaint holiday winter town that offers the warmth of friendly faces and good times. I can personally speak about this destination because of my times spent there and the many ski trips that my middle sister and brother in law take on a yearly basis. From the words of their mouth, “You know that feeling you get when you are welcomed by close family at the holidays? Well, that is the exact feeling we get every time we head out to Red River”.
One of our go to spots to shack up is the Alpine Ski Lodge. You will be enjoying a warm place to sleep, hot shower and all the other essentials. Yes, there are many other places in the U.S. that offer far more attractive and elaborate experiences, but for the weekend getaway there isn’t a much better place for skiing and your wallet.
Most of us love the budget friendly getaways. There is something about the holiday season and all the other expenses that seem to come along with this time of the year. But what about the few who have saved up for this trip? The one trip a year where you have planned to do it big? You are prepared to “treat yo self”, as made famous by the folks in Parks and Recreation. I have a sweet place for you and whoever is breaking the bank with you.
Vail! Yes, I said Vail. This high-class ski town is nestled right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Vail may be a common known location for those who like to enjoy the luxuries of a 5-star resort as well as get out and shred some powder. There will be a good amount of traffic as far as people go but they don’t hold anything back when it comes to rolling out the red carpet. I am a big fan of hotels and seeing the unique design that comes with the geographical location it is in.
Enter the Sonnenalp Hotel. A little piece of European luxury smack dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Sonnenalp offers all the amenities of the best hotels found around the world. It’s hard to go wrong when staying at the Sonnenalp. As far as skiing Vail, there is an unfathomable number of runs and it shouldn’t be a problem finding some space to enjoy anything from jumps, moguls or for those just wanting to show face, the bunny slope. As with most things in Vail, the lift tickets are a bit pricey as well as the rentals if you aren’t already equipped prior to showing up. Overall, if you have the cash just laying around, you will never be disappointed in spending a week in Vail, Colorado.
There are other places for the budget based tripper or the family that just goes big but these are my two favorites. Plus, I can speak personally about each of them as I have spent a good amount of time at both locations. There are always ways to make each more affordable. Renting equipment back home, packing food prior to leaving are just a couple tricks I use, but to each his own
Finally, a special shout out to Montana and one of its beautiful ski getaways, Big Sky! Where the endless big sky of Montana meets up with endless possibilities on the slopes. From bunny slopes, to the adventurous skier looking to amp it up a bit by dropping out of a helicopter at the summit, there is the perfect fit for you here in the great state of Montana. Let’s not forget that there is a good chance you’ve never been to Montana, so take a chance and head up to our wild card pick for your winter getaway. Shack up in the Summit at Big Sky where you are able to ski right into your room (not literally but close) and if you want to enjoy a less physically taxing day you can walk around the strip of restaurants and shops that are bound to keep anyone busy. These types of locales are my favorite. It’s typically not super busy, good prices, great people and most of all, great snow!
Hope this was of some help and maybe give you that last little push you needed to hit the slopes this winter. If you have a place you’d like to know more about don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll find whatever I can to help. Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget about our Feature Friday Guest! The more I think about it the more excited I’m getting to get this post up.
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