During the winter, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains combine to create the largest skiable area in all of North America. The Whistler/Blackcomb experience includes more than just skiing. Get out and explore Cavanaugh Valley on snowmobile or snowshoe. Go ziplining over Fitzsimmons Creek, where it’s like zipping through a snow globe. This Canadian hotspot will surely satisfy your winter wonderland needs!
Located on the California - Nevada border, Tahoe offers world class skiing in the winter that will leave you begging for more time in this mountain town. With peaks that reach 10,000 feet surrounding the pristine blue lake, Tahoe is a playground for outdoor and sport enthusiasts all year round. Cozy cabins and lodges offer a great resting spot when those legs get sore and those taste buds get hungry! Hot cocoa anyone?
The Colorado peaks are picturesque, and you’ll be awestruck by 360 degrees views of 14,000-foot mountains. The town of Aspen, nestled within these giant mountains, is tiny, quaint, and upscale. Aspen winter activities aren’t limited to skiing, but, let’s be honest, the skiing is the premier attraction for a reason. Aspen offers 4 world-class mountains and over 4,100 acres of terrain for every level of skier. Other than skiing there is an ice skating rink and plenty of frozen ponds for the tiny dancer in all of us.
Vail is sure to keep any gay traveler on their toes with fabulous sight seeing and plenty of activities to embark on. In the Colorado Rocky Mountains, an elevation of 8,150 feet, you can’t get much closer to Heaven than Vail. With the backdrop of the Gore Range and a babbling brook winding between chalet-style buildings, Vail resembles a small Bavarian village. It’s full of Austrian Alps-inspired hotels, restaurants, and quaint shops. Vail Gay and Lesbian Ski Week 2010 begins just as Aspen’s is ending so if you have the time, plan a trip to Aspen first and then head straight to Vail for two weeks of incredible Gay Festivities!
The village of Kandersteg could hands down pass for the most picturesque centre for mountaineering and skiing. Hoards of people find themselves in this destination for its scenic view and the tranquility the village offers. Known as a great spot for beginners, Kandersteg is one of the best places to learn how to ski. The slopes here are easy enough to give learners enough space to test their new techniques!
The Courchevel ski resort is built exclusively for Winter sports. It is made up of four villages that are named after theirr altitudes in meters- Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, and Courchevel 1850. This destination boasts of about 370 miles of mountains and is a part of the Trois Vallees ski area. Courchevel 1850 has been known to host the rich and famous from all over the world. Don’t be surprised to see guests arriving on their private jets. Not to worry though, there is room here for everyone! The mountain has skiing range for both intermediates and experts so challenge yourself on the slopes this winter.
Wengen is without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland. It is an ideal location to satisfy your cravings for absolutely gorgeous views and classic architecture. While it does have ranges for experts, the village is best known for its intermediate-level skiing and snowboarding. Whatever your sport or experience level, Wengen rates high on the list for its charm and tranquil alpine beauty.
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