Best Ski Destinations for President’s Day Weekend!

President’s Day is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start planning where you’re going to shred!  This three-day Weekend falls perfectly in the peak of ski season right when you need that extra day off the most!  With that being said, there are many different factors that you should take into account when choosing the perfect destination – including but not limited to – avoiding the crowds, accessiblity, snow conditions, apres-ability, and family-friendliness. Well you’re in luck, we made it easy for ya this Winter – here are our hand-picked havens for you to enjoy!


TO AVOID THE CROWDS…

Powder Mountain, Utah

If you are trying to avoid the powder panic and the packs of tourists, there’s no better place than Powder Mountain!  Located just an hour from the Salt Lake Airport in Eden, Utah, this destination is easily accesible and is a good alternative from the hustle and bustle of Park City or the Cottonwoods.  “PowMow” limits their sales to 2,000 tickets per day ensuring the lowest skier density of any major ski resort in North America!  

Insider’s Tip:  Don’t miss out on their killer cat skiing! For an extra $25 you can get a cat ride to ski Powder Mountain’s most pristine terrain!

Telluride, Colorado

Colorado boasts some of the best skiing in North America, yet is sometimes dampened by the crowds and traffic that you have to endure coming from Denver.  Avoid the masses and head South to Telluride!  This authentic ski town is tucked deep within the San Juan Mountains and rarely experiences a lift line.  Telluride has over 2,000 skiable acres with over 4,000 ft vertical that includes terrain for every ability! The snow ain’t bad either – this resort has an average snowfall of over 300 inches and has already recieved 205 inches! Once you are in town you can enjoy easy lift access from the street and a free pedestrian gondola that travels over the mountain to the village!

Insider’s Tip:  Enjoy a Detroit-Style slice from Brown Dog Pizza!

Cannon Mountain, NH

If you’re in the Northeast this President’s Day, steer clear from the crowds coming from New York that flood Vermont – head to the White Mountains of New Hampshire!  Despite the fact that Cannon Mountain has the highest ski summit and the longest vertical drop in New Hamphire, it is basically off the national radar and has a low-key atmosphere for you to enjoy!  This resort has 11 lifts (including a 70-passenger tram!) that will let you shred 280 skiable acres! With an average annual snowfall of 160 inches, Cannon isn’t looking too shabby with 95 inches fallen so far!

Insider’s Tip: Apres at the CannonBall Pub for live music after your day on the slopes!

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SNOWPACK…

Mammoth Mountain, CA

PC: Peter Morning

In honor of George Washington and all the Presidents who came after him, you should take advantage of the INSANE snow Mammoth Mountain has recieved!  They are reporting that January has already been the Snowiest Month in HISTORY with a total of 246” dropped!  Mammoth doesn’t lie when it says it has “the recipe for the vacation of a lifetime” with over 3,500 skiable acres coupled with over 300 days of California sunshine!  If you have family or friends who aren’t into the steep terrain – they offer cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoe adventures!

Insider’s Tip: Grab some local brews from Mammoth Brewing Co. and soak in the local hot springs!

The Cottonwoods, Utah

Skier: Rob Aseltine  PC: John Albert

Although our Cru may be a bit locally-biased, you really cannot find better skiing than in Utah’s Cottonwoods! These Utah resorts have already been blessed this season with about 300” of the “Greatest Snow on Earth”.  You can’t go wrong when you take your pick of skiing Snowbird, Alta, Brighton or Solitude!  Access is key when you only have 3 days to ski – these resorts are located only 30-40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport!  

Insider’s Tip:  Avoid the panic and head up to Solitude on a powder day!  Enjoy cheap lift tickets and little to no lift lines!

Jackson, Wyoming

Get a taste of the great old west this holiday weekend in Jackson, Wyoming!  If you want steep and deep terrain, Jackson Hole should be at the top of your list!  This mountain has over 2,500 acres of skiable inbounds terrain and some of the best lift-accesed backcountry skiing in the World.  Jackson has already recieved 341” on snow this season which makes it a solid choice if your main concern is snowpack!  Although it is known for it’s expert terrain, this ski area has something for everyone!  Also, if there are members of your Cru who want a more low-key experience, I would recomend checking out Snow King Mountain. This small ski area is located right in town and has more beginner terrain and way cheaper lift tickets!

Insider’s Tip:  After your day on the slopes, head to Thai Me Up!  This local Thai Restaurant doubles as a brewery!  Check out their happy hour menu and indulge in, my personal favorite, the Hubert Pale Ale!

ESCAPE THE STATES…

Whistler, British Columbia

Escape the holiday crowds all together and head North to Canada!  Whistler Blackcomb averages over 450” of snow a year and has over 8,000 skiable acres which makes it the biggest resort in North America!  Whistler is located just two hours North of Vancouver and is easily accesible despite the fact that it is over the border.  Known for both it’s family-friendly accomodations and thriving party scene, this resort could be perfect for any group’s holiday vacation.

Insider’s Tip: Apres with live music at Merlin’s!  Enjoy a wood-fired pizza or their mountain-high nachos!

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Save some cheddar and take advantage of the Canadian exchange rate with a visit to Mont Tremblant!  This Ski Area is tucked in the  Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Canada and is only 80 miles Northwest of Montreal.  A cute cobblestowned town at the foot of the mountain makes you feel like your in the Alps!  On the hill, check out their extensive glades that will get you away from the crowds!

Insider’s Tip:  If you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy an apres cocktail – look no further than the Le Shack

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