SKI Magazine Shares The West Top Ski Towns

When the snow falls, many travelers hit the ski slopes. To help you choose the destination for your next trip, here are some tips on this year's top ski destinations in the Western U.S., as reported by SKI magazine. These destinations provide a good starting point for planning a trip, whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert-level skier or snowboarder.

Sun Valley in Idaho offers everything from downhill skiing to Nordic sports and dogsled tours, along with exciting après-ski entertainment. Considered by many to be "the perfect little ski town that you read about in books," skiers are drawn to Sun Valley's gorgeous scenery and impeccably groomed slopes, making it one of the best destinations to visit for winter adventure and breathtaking mountain views. Sun Valley is located just 13 miles away from the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.

Each year, skiers flock to Vail, Colorado, the third destination on SKI magazine's list, for its abundant snow, plentiful sunshine, and miles of groomed trails, pristine glades and Back Bowls. Joining Vail in the rankings, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge all scored top spots, giving travelers even more to experience throughout the state.

Collectively, Colorado's destinations are favored for their family-friendly atmospheres, varied terrain, and off-the-mountain fun with shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife. Travelers can fly into Eagle, Denver or Hayden to visit these ski towns.

Known for providing great all-around days of skiing, Deer Valley, Utah is also known for its charming setting, wonderful employees and good snow. With local character and a rich history, Park City offers a variety of entertainment in town and has terrain parks that all ability levels of skiers can enjoy. Both destinations can be accessed with air service into the Salt Lake City airport.

When deciding which destination to visit this season, consider the different accommodations available to you, from hotel rooms and suites to private lodging options that include ski-in/ski-out condos, luxury town homes and spacious mountain residences.

For the best of both worlds, many turn to professionally managed vacation rental companies such as Wyndham Vacation Rentals. It offers properties that combine the conveniences of a hotel stay with the comforts of home. Its properties also offer added services and amenities to enhance your stay, such as a concierge, storage space, ski and snowboard rentals and valet, on-site restaurants, pools, hot tubs and fitness centers.

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