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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.

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 traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. 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 life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 232 Comments

  1. All of them are just fantastic ! Thanks for sharing .. have a nice day ,..

  2. Karen Perry

    Is skiing that fun? Im afraid I will slip. Never tried that in my entire life.

    • Bonnie Wood

      Yes its undeniably fun! Try taking lesson to lessen your fear! Conquer that girl!

  3. Michelle Edwards

    Can’t think of a place for our family get away. Thank god I found Urbanette. I think we can enjoy skiing at Mt. Shasta its nearer to our place us also.

  4. Jessica Garcia

    Never been to these three Destinations that you featured. I miss skiing and snowboarding but can’t do that as of now because I’m pregnant I’ll try to go to one of these place next year together with my family…

  5. Norma Ward

    Winter or Summer Red River is still the best hang out plce for me and my cousins. Many activities to choose from.

    • Paula Smith

      Yah been last week miss RED RIVER already…☹️

  6. Lori Long

    GIVE ME A BREAK! It’s freaking cold! I don’t enjoy skiing that much. Maybe it’s better to just enjoy the view have a spa and eat good food. Thanks anyway.

    • Marilyn Taylor

      It’s totally fun! You are missing a one of a kind experience.

  7. Amy Simmons

    You gave me an option for our wedding anniversary. We both love skiing and I think our kids will enjoy ice skating. It’s gonna be exciting!

  8. Ruby Collins

    Snow boarding in RED RIVER are the best for me. Gonna visit this weekend again.

  9. Mildred Davis

    It’s hard to choose! I want to visit all of them!?

    • Deborah Hughes

      Choose Heber Valley you will enjoy there! I promise! Been there last month. I just can’t believe how accommodating the people are and such a perfect place for relaxation.

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