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. Avatar of Kayla Carlson

    Kayla Carlson

    I’m in the mood for hotsprings. The south of McCall is a wonder! It wasn’t crowded when we went here and it was like we had the place for ourselves. It was quite an experience. The place was also clean and the service as great. I would definitely go back to this place if given the chance.

  2. Avatar of Elle Edwards

    I hate destinations that are too crowded. Thanks for sharing this because my husband and I love to ski.

  3. Avatar of Kamy Johnston

    The colors in these destinations are marvelous. It’s all a mix of pastels and rainbows. Taking pictures here would really be picturesque for a photographer like me.

  4. Avatar of Eleanor Brooker

    I highly recommend Tamarack Resort. My family nd I really enjoyed our stay there. The place is more than perfect!

  5. Avatar of Anita Moshkelgosha

    Oh, Mount Shasta is breathtaking. That has to be my favorite of all these destinations. I could tell just by the name that it really has other-wordly things that it can offer. I also love the lavender field that you can see near the foot of the mountain. I also like that it has snow all year round so I don’t have to worry about going there at the wrong time. You know how bookings get, they’re unpredictable. Thanks for the suggestions, they were all helpful!

  6. Avatar of Erma Sparks

    Erma Sparks

    I would do anything just to be in at least one of these places right now. It’s so beautiful.

  7. Avatar of Jackie Chavez

    Jackie Chavez

    Wow, these are definitely unique destinations for skiing. Thanks so much Urbanette!

  8. Avatar of Doreen Carlson

    Doreen Carlson

    Night skiing sounds so good! I bet it’s twice as cold though!

    • Avatar of Angelina


      We’ve tried this and it was actually nice. Less people too.

  9. Avatar of Chelsea COSSEY

    Chelsea COSSEY

    Blue Boar in looks the best. I love cabin-like accommodations. This looks very luxurious as well! Not exactly a fun of skiing but I love the sleigh riding and stuff. Christmas is near and this could be the perfect spot for the family to just hang out and spend Christmas together. Zermatt also looks really good. I’m going to choose between these two. They’re both perfect in their own way. Gotta love destinations like this. Very unique and the same time very worthy of relaxation.

  10. Avatar of Rosemarie Gibbs

    Rosemarie Gibbs

    When we travel, we usually time our travels with certain festivities in the area. It’s fun to immerse yourself in other cultures.

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