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3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

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This page is sponsored by Heber Valley tourism. All opinions are my own.

America has a ski town for everyone. These unique ski destinations that should be getting a lot more attention in the coming years:

For Those Looking for Luxury — and Plenty to do

Heber Valley, Utah is my kind of ski town. Nestled in one of America’s most beautiful valleys, with plenty of high-end resorts and a long list of events and activities to choose from, this is one ski destination that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. It’s only 15 minutes from Salt Lake City (45 minutes from the airport), Sundance, and Deer Valley Ski Resorts. Even though the area offers plenty of luxury, it is decidedly un-snobbish.

The Heber Valley Railroad

To give you a sense of the activities that are available, here are a few winter activities, in addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding: sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, ice skating, food tours, and (my favorite) spending the day at the spa. If you’re bringing your kids, there are plenty of kid-specific activities for them to enjoy, too.

The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant in Midway, Heber Valley, Utah

One of the best restaurants in the area is at the Blue Boar Inn. The decor and dishes have a ‘European’ flare, and their menu features many dishes with organic ingredients and fresh herbs from their garden. The Four Diamond restaurant boasts the highest possible Zagat rating of 26 and has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Really, what more could a person ask for?

As for places to stay, take your pick from a wide range of styles and price ranges. If you love rustic luxury, as I do, you’ll love the resorts in Heber Valley:

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Zermatt Resort and Spa

The Zermatt Resort has cozy suites with fireplaces and chalet-like style, a large and luxurious spa, a restaurant and a bakery.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Daniels Summit Lodge’s Mountain Retreat Log Home

If you’re traveling with friends or family, check out Daniels Summit Lodge’s Mountain Retreat Log HomeHouse, a 3-bedroom log cabin nestled deep in the woods, with unlimited snowmobiling from your back porch into the Uinta National Forest, and access to the resort’s spa.

Here’s a quick overview to give you a better idea of what to expect:

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

The Heber Valley ice sculptures in Heber Valley are spectacular

Before your trip is over, make sure to check out the ice sculptures, Heber Valley Railroad, and the Homestead Crater, where you can scuba dive in 96-degree water in the middle of winter. With so many activities to try in Heber Valley, make sure to book at least a week — or to return often!

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

22 Comments

  1. I’m not a big skier, but these places look really fun. Which is the best destination for snow shoeing?

  2. I’m in for a perfect and daring winter vacation 😉 Thanks for this!

  3. Thanks for the suggestions. Will definitely keep this in mind for my family’s future winter travel!

  4. It looks like this is a beautiful place to explore and discover!

  5. This article reminded me of a fantastic and most memorable “ski” experience I had two years ago. How I missed Heber Valley…

  6. I appreciate that the restaurant offers dishes with organic ingredients

  7. Thank you for sharing these amazing destinations. You just made me fall in love with winter.

  8. Sarah Uibel

    Such a great piece. I have such a hard time finding these types of gems. Very helpful!!

  9. Heather Strobel

    I can’t wait to visit Red River! I’m going to squeeze a trip in before the end of the year. I can’t wait to have a brilliant weekend of skiing and live entertainment. 🙂

  10. The Tamarack Resort looks like the best place for a crowded family like us to go. So if we take our nanny with us, while my husband and I are having romantic dates, the kids can have a lot of fun doing all these entertaining activities! 🙂

    • Yeah, there are definitely tons of fun activities in and near that town.

  11. Hazel Collins

    With thousands of stunning ski places to visit all over the world, it’s easy for many of them to get overlooked or simply be unheard of. Your list has a lot to offer and it looks like I’ll be able to easily find vast swathes of fresh untracked areas at these destinations. These are absolutely amazing and unique places to ski …I love the easy access, beautiful works of art and other activities they offer.

  12. Monica CONOVER

    Live music while skiing?! Is this real life? Sounds fantastic! I want to experience this!

  13. Marina Henderson

    Seeing that video of Mount Shasta made me want to go snowboarding! Strange part is I’ve never done that, never even thought of it before. 🙂 Great work, amazing article. Thanks!

    • It’s a lot of fun, and a great activity to do with friends — definitely worth picking it up. Ask your friends, I bet a lot of them either ski or board. 🙂

  14. Fun times! You sound like you enjoyed each place so much. Red River in New Mexico seems like the most fun to me. ps. you look beautiful in that faux fur hat!

  15. Colleen Frasier

    Just wondering, which one did you go to first? And did you go to all three of them within the same year? Asking only because I want to go on a snowboard / skii vacation but I’m clueless about where to start.

    • I’d start with Red River, as it’s a great place to get lessons and learn. There’s a big area with green (beginner) slopes at the top of the mountain, too, so you can get the great views while learning.

  16. ????

    I need this in my life right about NOW! I’ll speak to my family and see if they want to accompany me to a trip to New Mexico for a snow vacay! We have a lot of relatives there so, it’ll be a good excuse to stop by and see them too. 🙂

  17. Danielle Wilson

    How fun! I want to go to all three of them. Already planned it in my mind. I’ll visit one of them each year. So now I have my 3 years winter vacation all planned! 😀 Can’t wait! Winter has always been my favorite season. I think growing up in New York has a lot to do with it.

  18. Stunning places! How does one decide to which one to visit? Need some time away from the big city, but we’re not sure whether to make it a snow or a sun vacation. After this article, snow vacation seems more fancy to me though.

  19. Skiing and hotsprings in one package? Wow! The Tamarack Resort sounds and looks amazing. I’m totally loving the Burgdorf Hot Springs. I should go before the end of the winter.

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