Four Places You Didn’t Know You Could Ski in the U.S.


Are you ready to plan a skiing vacation? How will you decide where to go?

Even those who don’t ski know that Colorado is considered to be one of the top skiing destinations in the United States. Most people also recognize that Vermont is well-known for its skiing resorts.

But what about other states like Tennessee, New Mexico, California, and Michigan? Don’t overlook these resorts when planning your vacation. They can be an affordable option, and mean less time traveling and more time on spent the slopes.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is known for the family-friendly attractions and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not as many people know that it’s also home to one of the most popular ski resorts in the Eastern United States: Ober Gatlinburg.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro skier, the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are for you, catering to all skill levels and all ages.

The slopes generally open in early to mid-December and close in early to mid-March. The exact dates are dictated by the weather conditions.

With an emphasis on safety and fun, lessons are offered by expert training professionals for beginners and advanced skiers.

Their focus on your safety is of utmost importance. First-time skiers and snowboarders are required to take a beginner lesson before they are permitted to hit the slopes. You can choose between private and group lessons.

And for a full ski experience, you can stay in one of the many Gatlinburg cabin rentals near the ski resort. The log cabin look of this option makes you feel like you’re in a first-class ski lodge.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is known for great southwestern cuisine and a thriving arts scene. But you can also ski at nearby Ski Santa Fe, a diverse and unique ski destination located 16 miles from the heart of historic Santa Fe. It is one of the highest ski areas in the continental United States with a base elevation of 10,350 feet.

Skiing season generally lasts from late fall through early spring with plenty of snow during the winter season contributing to the perfect skiing conditions.

Novices, experts, snowboarders, and downhill skiers will enjoy the many amenities found at Ski Santa Fe. There are winter festivals, races, challenging pristine trails, and beautiful mountain views.

Both first-time skiers and seasoned veterans can find services and amenities to satisfy their desires and needs.

Ski Santa Fe is known for their caring grooming crew tasked with maintaining the condition of the skiing slopes.

Be sure to look into the available classes and workshops offered as well as lift ticket pricing options.

Bear Mountain, Los Angeles

When most people think about visiting Los Angeles, they think about the sunny climate, the entertainment industry, and the beautiful beaches.

There is also a ski area located in Southern California called Bear Mountain, also known as “The Park” because of its irregular terrain. Bear Mountain has one of the few Superpipes in Southern California.

A Superpipe is a structure used in extreme sports like freestyle skiing and snowboarding. It is comprised of a large U-shaped snow-covered sloping channel ideal for skiers to perform aerial maneuvers.

Various types of lessons that cater to your skills are available for skiers and snowboarders. You can save money on your lift tickets when you purchase them at least 72 hours in advance.

Boyne, Michigan

The Midwest isn’t known for tall mountains, but it still has some great ski destinations. Starting with a single chairlift, a single warming hut, and a single run in 1948, 70 years later, Boyne Mountain is still a choice location for ski lovers to visit in Michigan.

With 7 terrain parks, 60 downhill runs, and 35 kilometers of cross-country trails, Boyne provides a welcoming and fun environment for skiers and snowboarders. It is also the nation’s first 6-person high-speed chair.

Lift ticket prices vary depending upon the time of year and the demand. Discounts are available for early purchases and package deals. Children under age 5 and seniors over 80 can ride for free.

Professional skiing and snowboard instruction are also offered at Boyne Mountain.