3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations
Three destinations that offer skiers and boarders some seriously unique activities on the side.
This page is sponsored by Heber Valley tourism. All opinions are my own.
America has a ski town for everyone. These unique ski destinations that should be getting a lot more attention in the coming years:
For Those Looking for Luxury — and Plenty to do
Heber Valley, Utah is my kind of ski town. Nestled in one of America’s most beautiful valleys, with plenty of high-end resorts and a long list of events and activities to choose from, this is one ski destination that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. It’s only 15 minutes from Salt Lake City (45 minutes from the airport), Sundance, and Deer Valley Ski Resorts. Even though the area offers plenty of luxury, it is decidedly un-snobbish.
To give you a sense of the activities that are available, here are a few winter activities, in addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding: sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, ice skating, food tours, and (my favorite) spending the day at the spa. If you’re bringing your kids, there are plenty of kid-specific activities for them to enjoy, too.
One of the best restaurants in the area is at the Blue Boar Inn. The decor and dishes have a ‘European’ flare, and their menu features many dishes with organic ingredients and fresh herbs from their garden. The Four Diamond restaurant boasts the highest possible Zagat rating of 26 and has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Really, what more could a person ask for?
As for places to stay, take your pick from a wide range of styles and price ranges. If you love rustic luxury, as I do, you’ll love the resorts in Heber Valley:
The Zermatt Resort has cozy suites with fireplaces and chalet-like style, a large and luxurious spa, a restaurant and a bakery.
If you’re traveling with friends or family, check out Daniels Summit Lodge’s Mountain Retreat Log HomeHouse, a 3-bedroom log cabin nestled deep in the woods, with unlimited snowmobiling from your back porch into the Uinta National Forest, and access to the resort’s spa.
Here’s a quick overview to give you a better idea of what to expect:
Before your trip is over, make sure to check out the ice sculptures, Heber Valley Railroad, and the Homestead Crater, where you can scuba dive in 96-degree water in the middle of winter. With so many activities to try in Heber Valley, make sure to book at least a week — or to return often!