The 5 Hottest Winter Vacation Destinations in North America

The 5 Hottest Winter Vacation Destinations in North America

#ApresSki's Gibbons Life CEO shares her picks for the best cold weather getaways. 

Whistler, British Columbia  

Joey Gibbons refers to Whistler as “a Disneyland for adults,” and he’s right — but there really is something for everyone in Canada’s number one ski destination. Whistler Mountain offers great ski programs for all ages and levels, while Blackcomb offers a more challenging terrain. If skiing isn’t your thing, dogsledding, helicopter tours, and spa experiences abound. Stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which offers ski-in/ski-out access and their lobby bar with oversized couches and roaring fireplaces is the best place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. The Four Seasons Whistler is equally as luxurious with a more modern feel. (You can’t go wrong with either choice.)

The best Après and party scene is found at the legendary Longhorn Saloon at the base of the Mountain in Whistler where dining options are endless. Take a snowboard ride to the top of the Mountain and enjoy a fondue dinner in a remote and cozy mountaintop cabin. Arguably the best fine dining experience will be found at The Rimrock Café. However, oysters and dinner at Arxai won’t disappoint. A stop at Bearfoot Bistro to sabre champagne, enjoy a glass of bubbles at the ice bar, and a go for a tasting in the subzero vodka room are all musts.

Aspen, Colorado 


Aspen has always been a hot spot for skiing — Aspen Highlands and Ajax Mountain have the most varied terrain — but the town is bringing something new to the game these days, with Dancing Bear Lodge offering opulent accommodations and the best Après scene. The Spa and hot tubs on the rooftop afford stunning views of the mountains. Or, if you prefer something larger, the St. Regis Aspen is the place to see and be seen. Don’t be surprised if you spot celebrities sipping champagne in the hotel bar. Dining musts include Cache Cache and Little Nail. 

Lake Louise and Banff, Alberta

Lake Louise and Banff (named the most picturesque city in Canada) are breathtaking destinations just 45 minutes apart, and both towns offer mountain skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Spend a couple of days at the storied Banff Springs Hotel in a turret castle suite and you will feel like you are stepping into a fairytale. Eden at the Rimrock in Banff is a dining must, as is the stunning drive to the Fairmont Lake Louise, where you can enjoy ice skating on the lake followed by a hot chocolate.

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

This small French town is exquisite, with a beauty, charm, and feel reminiscent of the countryside in France. Stay at the Hotel Quintessence, a boutique lakeside resort that is the epitome of romance. Quebec is known as the foodie capital of Canada, and the restaurant at the hotel lives up to its Four Diamond rating. Enjoy skiing and other winter activities in the village, or a massage and a visit to the Scandinave Spa. With outdoor hot and cold plunge pools, saunas, and steam rooms, it's the perfect end to a day spent on the slopes.

Vail, Colorado

Vail offers something for everyone; luxurious skiing, shopping, dining, spas, and adventure activities. For the discerning traveler, The Four Seasons is the accommodation of choice. Don’t leave Vail without having dinner at Matahusia from Chef Nobu. For breathtaking views, lunch at the Tenth on the top of Vail Mountain is not to be missed.

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