10 Best Ski Resorts for Christmas Holiday

  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Sugarloaf, Maine
  • Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • Park City, Utah
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Whitefish, Montana
  • Stowe Mountain Resort

    Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont

    Ski resorts make excellent Christmas getaways due to the almost guaranteed snow, festive decorations and plenty of family friendly activities. A world-class ski school and variety of off-slope activities make Stowe Mountain Resort particularly appealing to families with young children, but there's expert-worthy terrain as well.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Wise - Stowe Mountain Resort

  • Banff on Lake Louise

    Banff, Alberta, Canada

    Banff has the look of a Christmas village even in the heart of summer, and when the Canadian Rockies surrounding the valley are blanketed in snow, it transforms into a holiday wonderland. The skiing here is among the best in the world, yet lift ticket prices tend to be lower than comparable resorts in the United States.

    Photo courtesy of Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

  • Sugarloaf, Maine

    Sugarloaf, Maine

    Located in the rugged Carrabassett Valley of Maine, Sugarloaf Ski Resort offers some of the highest elevation skiing in New England paired with a vibrant apres ski scene. Alpine and Nordic trails, a terrain park, ice skating, snow shoeing and sledding are all available, so families with varied interests will all find something to do.

    Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf

  • Beaver Creek at Christmas

    Beaver Creek, Colorado

    Beaver Creek, owned and operated by neighboring Vail, is the more secluded, more laid back and more elegant of the two resorts. Beginning and intermediate terrain account for over half the resort's acreage, but experts will find thrilling chutes and some of the steepest terrain around. Santa and his elves make appearances in the village in the days leading up to and following Christmas.

    Photo courtesy of Matthew Inden/Miles - Colorado Tourism Office

  • Park City Village

    Park City, Utah

    Park City is the largest resort in Utah and one of the world's premier destinations for snowboarding and other winter extreme sports, thanks to its gig hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. Santa rides the lifts down from the mountain into the village each winter, and on Christmas Eve, the slopes light up with the torchlight parade.

    Photo courtesy of Park City, Utah

  • Breckenridge, Colorado at night

    Breckenridge, Colorado

    Besides having the highest chairlift in the United States, Breckenridge lures in skiers of all abilities with its 2,300 acres of terrain across four separate mountains. The charming town at the base of the mountains offers all the shopping, restaurants and bars you could want for a family vacation, all decked out in the trappings of Christmas.

    Photo courtesy of Matthew Inden/Miles - Colorado Tourism Office

  • Aspen at Christmas

    Aspen, Colorado

    During the Christmas holiday, Aspen's four resorts host a range of special events on top of their already exciting entertainment scene. The 12 Days of Aspen include events like a White Wonderland Christmas Party, Holiday Torchlight Parade, s'mores-making parties and free ice skating.

    Photo courtesy of felix388

  • Whitefish Mountain

    Whitefish, Montana

    Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana gives skiers a special gift on Christmas Day: night skiing. When you're not on the slopes, enjoy the quiet resort town with activities like dog sledding, sleigh rides, snow mobile tours or luxurious spa treatments. Smaller crowds and lower prices on everything from food to ski lessons means you can afford to bring the whole family.

    Photo courtesy of Whitefish Mountain Resort


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