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3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Three destinations that offer skiers and boarders some seriously unique activities on the side.

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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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 44 Comments

  1. Kayla Aquisha

    The Zermatt Resort looks very promising and relaxing. I love cabin-style houses! They look and feel very homey.

  2. Mark Haven

    These are very interesting places to go to for your next ski trip. Really lots of fun stuff to do and you’ll never get bored even for a minute. Plus, you’ll have a good place to sleep in at night!

  3. Janea Allisson

    Heber Valley was one of the best places I’ve ever been to. I didn’t think I’d like it at first because I don’t like skiing in general, but it was really worth it.

  4. Cassie Grey

    Very informative article. Makes it easy for us travelers to find better places to go to.😍

  5. Tricia Marie

    Red River sounds like a very family-oriented place to go to. My children love interacting with animals! They’d be really happy to go here. Thank you for posting this!

  6. Annie Johnson

    Thank you for this list. Our next ski trip will be great the second time around. (We’re just new to enjoying ski trips and this is a good addition to our itinerary!)

  7. Jaiden Rey

    I’m very interested in going to Red River. I love those ‘throwback’ looking places. It’s a nice escape from the busy city life.

  8. Cassandra Polly

    The Blue Bar inn seems like a great place to stay. I’ll look up this place for more reviews.

  9. Ashley Wilden

    Stunning places!

  10. Taylor George

    Whoa!! Now I’m confused on which of the three should we go first!

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