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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.


For Hippies Who Love To Ski

The town of Mount Shasta sits 10,000 feet below the summit of the Mount Shasta stratovolcano, in California. This ski destination is open almost all year, with thick snowpack adhering into the summer months. In the spring, you can ski off the volcano’s summit for an 8,000-foot descent.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

You can ski and snowboard Mount Shasta for most of the year

It is perfectly made for backcountry skiing because it doesn’t have the dangerous crevasses that typical mountains have. The town has ski shops that rent backcountry gear, and there are guides and other resources to help backcountry skiers.

Mount Shasta is the destination for you if you love backcountry skiing all year round and a bit of mysticism and other-worldly power on your vacations.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

A bunny hill on Mount Shasta

Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park boasts 425 skiable acres, with 32 trails, 1390 vertical feet, 3 triple chairs and one surface lift, a massive bowl, 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced. Night skiing on 14 trails have become a must-do at the ski park, as Mount Shasta is one of the few ski resorts in California with night skiing. Thursdays through Saturdays, skiers and riders can hit the slopes from 3 to 9 pm for $20.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Try night skiing on the lit trails for $20.

This video will give you a taste of what the mountain is like for skiers and boarders:

Rising to a height of 14,179 feet, Mount Shasta dominates the landscape of Northern California. The area has long been a destination resort rejuvenation, with its pristine glacial waters, natural mineral springs, pure mountain air and unsurpassed scenery. Adding to the abundant natural healthful opportunities available here are the large number of alternative health and wellness practitioners who offer a wide variety of healing modalities for mind, body, and spirit health.

This volcanic mountain is also known for its spectacular sunsets and stunning cloud formations.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Winter sunrise on Mount Shasta

If you’re looking for something interesting to do on your rest day, Mount Shasta has a new-age feel, and there’s pretty much always something interesting going on. It is known for its crystal spinning, UFO sightings, meditation and chant groups and rumors about a spiritually advanced race living inside the mountain. In fact, there are over 100 New-Age religious groups and sects that have come to the mountain.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Harness the energy of this spiritual mountain using crystals

Some locals believe that this volcanic mountain holds a sacred source of mystical power. The mountain is considered to be one of the seven sacred mountains of the world, and draws hundreds of spiritual tourists yearly on sacred journeys, pilgrimages, vision quests, healing retreats.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Mount Shasta is known for incredible cloud formations, including circular ringed clouds over the summit

Tip: Find entertainment via live music at Slider’s Bar (in the ski park) and a couple other venues in town.

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.

Reader Discussion: 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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