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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.


If you’re into winter sports, then I’m assuming you’ve heard of Vail, Park City, Whistler, Aspen, and Breckenridge. These destinations are so well-known, in fact, that a vacation to any of these favorites means standing elbow to elbow with thousands of other skiers to wait in line for the lift. Although they are certainly deserving of their notoriety, sometimes it’s more fun to take the road ski-lift less traveled.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Have a unique experience –and come home with some fun stories– by visiting one of these offbeat destinations.

Here are three of America’s most interesting and lesser-known ski destinations that offer skiers and boarders a more quaint, eclectic experience — with some unique activities on the side:

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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 249 Comments

  1. Sarah Uibel

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

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Monica CONOVER

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

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. ????

    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. 🙂

  10. 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.

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