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When you’ve got someone close to you who’s constantly longing to strap on skis and hit the slopes, it might be difficult to think of an appropriate gift. A LOT of snowboarding and skiing gear is a) expensive, b) size-dependent, and c) not intuitive for people who don’t do those sports, so buying a present for these folks can be tricky. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back – this massive guide has 30 incredible gifts for skiers and snowboarders that they’ll use on the slopes and remember for years to come.

Most Practical Gifts for Skiers & Snowboarders

Smith Ski Goggles

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Goggles are a snowboarder or skier’s best friend: they keep snow, water, and wind out of your eyes, plus they make you look pretty freaking awesome. Smith ski goggles are very durable and come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes.

One of the best things about Smith goggles is that they also come in a budget-friendly version that won’t break the bank – the Smith Drift for women and the Smith Range for men. There are also higher-end models that Smith makes that have all the bells and whistles you could possibly want.

Wildhorn Ski Helmet

A solid ski helmet is one of the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders because it will come in handy every time they’re on the slopes. While prices for these range substantially, we’ve found that Wildhorn helmets are well-respected as their ski helmets are comfortable, practical, and come with a built-in goggle strap.

Smartwool Base Layers

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All snowboarders and skiers need warm baselayers, and they make for one of the most practical snowboarding and skiing gifts. Smartwool’s Merino 250 baselayer line (for both men and women offers extra-warm, cozy layers that wick sweat and moisture seamlessly on the slopes.

Burton Ski & Snowboard Jacket

A warm, waterproof ski jacket is essential to a fun day on the slopes. While there are tons of brands that make outerwear, Burton ski jackets are designed especially for winter sports, making them perfect gifts for snowboarders and skiers. Plus, they come in all kinds of fun patterns and colors!

The North Face Ski Pants

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Like a good, durable coat, waterproof ski pants are essential because, as everyone knows, skiers and snowboarders spent plenty of time sitting in the snow. The North Face Freedom Pants (for men & women) are some of the warmest and most durable ski pants that are perfect for a full day of shredding the slopes.

Hestra Heli Ski Gloves

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Insulated gloves are a skier or snowboarder’s best friends, and the Hestra Heli Ski Gloves are excellent additions to any skier’s or snowboarder’s gear set. They come with cuffs so you won’t lose them, and they have e-tip functionality so you can use your touch screens while wearing them! (By the way, we have two complete guides on the best ski gloves and ski mittens – check those out for more options!)

Epic Pass

While neither cheap nor durable, an Epic Pass is the ultimate gift for the travel-loving skier. Usable at over 60 ski resorts all around the United States, the Epic Pass is one of the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders that money can buy.

Cheap Snowboarding & Skiing Gifts ($30 or Less)

Darn Tough Ski Socks

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Darn Tough ski socks make great companions out on the slopes because they’re comfortable, durable, and warm! We love them because of the extra cushioning they give our feet on cold, snowy days. Give one pair or a few for an extra special skiing or snowboarding gift this year.

What’s better than regular wool socks? Wool socks with mountains on them, duh. Skiers and snowboarders love to show off their love for the mountains, and these mountain-themed Darn Tough Yeti wool socks will surely come in handy on the slopes and for apres-ski.

HotHands Hand/Foot Warmers

When you’re out on the slopes on especially cold days, it’s so easy to get cold in your extremities. That’s why we recommend HotHands hand and foot warmers as one of the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders. They’re inexpensive and are perfect to tuck into gloves or boots for a blast of warmth in otherwise arctic conditions.

Packable Clothesline

You know what happens if ski/snowboard gear doesn’t dry properly? It starts to STINK. Luckily, for ski trips and winter getaways, a packable clothesline is a great tool to hang damp clothes after long days on the slopes. It is a cheap and practical gift for snowboarders and skiers that they’ll use every time they’re at a ski resort.

Snacks for the Slopes

Snacks are a gift that keeps on giving, especially out on the slopes where you’re expending energy and burning calories left and right.

From our own experience, some snacks that skiers and snowboarders like include:

  • Clif bars
  • Kind bars
  • Gu gels (caffeinated and uncaffeinated)
  • Trail mix
  • Jerky (vegan and meat varieties)

Hertel Super Hot Sauce Ski/Snowboard Wax

Once you’re a more advanced skier or snowboarder, you’ll most likely want to wax your gear to optimize your speed on the slopes. Hertel Super Hot Sauce Ski & Snowboard Wax is an all-temperature wax that lasts for three days and doesn’t require an iron (though you can use it that way if you’d like). It’s one of the most useful and budget friendly gifts for skiers and snowboarders that they can use every time they hit the slopes.

Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die by Chris Santella

If your loved one is a person who prefers books with photos and gorgeous visuals, Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die by Chris Santella is a fantastic book to leaf through and get inspired. You’ll learn about the most incredible, jaw-dropping, and challenging trails in the entire world, with some stunning photos to boot.

The Art of Fear by Kristen Ulmer

There’s nothing better than retreating back to your cabin after a day on the slopes and spending the evening reading a good book…about hitting the slopes! The Art of Fear was written by professional skier Kristen Ulmer about embracing fear and how that applies to snow sports and life in general. This easy, inspiring read is fantastic for those who love snow sports as well as people wanting to understand how to handle fear better.

Under an Arctic Sky by Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard’s Under an Arctic Sky is an epic film about surfing under the northern lights. It isn’t exactly about skiing or snowboarding, but it’s a really spectacular story about chasing waves and winter sports in some of Iceland’s most gorgeous landscapes. It’s a great gift to give your winter-loving friends and family…then watch it with them.

Freeskier Magazine Subscription

What’s more inspiring or entertaining than leafing through an award-winning magazine on your favorite topic? (Answer: nothing.) Freeskier Magazine is all about skiing and snowboarding, and a subscription is one of the most unique skiing and snowboarding gifts you can give to your favorite winter sports lover.

Useful & Clever Skiing & Snowboarding Gifts

Turtle Fur Neck Warmer

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For outdoor lovers, there are few things as versatile as a Buff. They advertise that it can be worn in 12+ different ways, and it’s touted as 4 times warmer than microfiber. A Turtle Fur Neck Warmer is great for skiers and snowboarders to wear under a thick coat, to use as a scarf, or to hold their hair back under their helmets.

(By the way, we’ve also got a complete guide to the best neck gaiters/neck warmers for skiers and snowboarders!)

PHOOZY Thermal Phone Case

If you’ve ever been out in the cold for an extended amount of time with your phone, you’ll know that the batteries tend to die much more quickly. A PHOOZY Thermal Phone Case can keep your phone warm when you’re not using it, maintaining the battery for longer and ensuring it doesn’t get soaked in the snow.

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydration is a very important part of staying healthy while participating in winter sports, as the action can definitely still dehydrate you. Whether your skier/snowboarder likes their water hot or cold, a Hydro Flask water bottle can keep it that way. Hydro Flask boasts that its bottles keep water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours…definitely enough for a full day out skiing or snowboarding.

Foam Roller

Spending a day (or several) out on the slopes can be fun, but can also cause all kinds of muscle aches and pains. A foam roller is a great tool for stretching and relieving tension after hours of active winter sports, and is one of the best gifts for snowboarders and skiers.

Ski or Snowboard Boots

One of the things that’s most uncomfortable about rental gear is the footwear. You can partially solve this problem for your favorite winter sports lover by purchasing them a pair of their own ski or snowboard boots. You can find tons of great ski and snowboard boots on REI or Backcountry.

Note: ski boots and snowboard boots are different, so make sure you buy the correct kind for your loved one’s preferences!

Athletico Boot Backpack

Once your beloved skier or snowboarder is more seasoned, they’re going to need a place to put all their awesome gear (like the stuff in this list!). The Athletico Boot Backpack is the perfect all-in-one bag for skiers and snowboarders. There’s space for a helmet, boots, goggles, and extra gear, all in a lightweight and breathable fabric.

Black Diamond Ski Poles

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While lots of ski resorts do offer pole rentals, if you’d prefer some that are more lightweight and better customized to your size, these Black Diamond Razor Carbon ski poles are a fantastic companion for skiers anywhere. Unfortunately, these aren’t relevant for snowboarders, but they work well as a gift for mid-level to advanced skiers looking for a gear upgrade!

Technology Gifts for Skiers & Snowboarders

Jomst Rechargeable Hand Warmer

While we mentioned some disposable hand warmers earlier in this guide, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer a zero-waste solution as well. Like we said earlier, keeping extremities warm while out on the slopes is a real challenges for skiers and snowboarders, and a Jomst rechargeable hand warmer can be the perfect solution for long days out in the snow.

Waterproof Battery Pack

It gets harder to keep your phone charged the longer you’re out in the cold, so you can probably imagine this being a big challenge for skiers and snowboarders. If you give the gift of a waterproof solar battery pack, however, your skier or snowboarder can recharge while they’re in the sun/snow, and plug in while they’re on the lifts. Pretty nifty, eh?

DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer

Full disclosure: this is a totally unnecessary item, but a really cool and useful one for skiers and snowboarders, especially if they’re planning to hit the slopes several days in a row or throughout the course of a season. The more someone skis or boards, the more damp their boots end up – this DryGuy DX Boot Dryer ensures that they’re fully dry before the next use. It’s one of our favorite ski gadgets and one we’d recommend for any avid skier or snowboarder!

Garmin Instinct Tundra Watch

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Like many other athletes, skiers and snowboarders are often obsessed with tracking stats and logging their trails. The Garmin Tundra watch does exactly that and was designed specifically for winter sports, and is one of the more useful gifts for skiers and snowboarders out there.

GoPro Hero9 Black

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A GoPro Hero9 Black is an excellent gift for the avid skier/snowboarder who wants to document their adventures. Portable, weatherproof, and high-quality, a GoPro will help your favorite winter sports lover capture and relive their favorite moments on the slopes again and again.

Pro tip: if you decide to get a GoPro as a skiing/snowboarding gift, don’t forget a helmet mount so they can use it hands-free!

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Located just a few hours away from the Canadian Rockies, the city of Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, and is considered the “Gateway to the North”. Locals are used to the cold and snow, and the city’s proximity to the mountains means there are tons of amazing options for snowboarding and skiing near Edmonton. If you’re ready to hit the slopes, check out our guide to the most epic ski resorts near Edmonton!

Incredible Ski Resorts Near Edmonton

Marmot Basin

  • Distance from Edmonton: 385km (~4 hours, 15 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Located about four hours from Edmonton, Marmot Basin is a great choice for the whole family! With 91 trails evenly split across easy to expert, there’s something for everyone. Located in Jasper National Park, enjoy incredible mountain views across the resort’s 1720 skiable acres and 3000 feet of vertical. There are 7 lifts across 5 mountain faces to choose from, as well as 2 terrain parks and diverse terrain, including groomed runs, trees, moguls, bowls and chutes. After a long day on the slopes, check out the charming mountain town of Jasper. There are tons of unique places to stay in Jasper, including this adorable suite right downtown!

Lake Louise Ski Resort

  • Distance from Edmonton: 369 km (~4 hours, 40 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Located among some of Canada’s most jaw-dropping mountains and the iconic Lake Louise, the Lake Louise Ski Resort is not to be missed if you’re looking for snowboarding  and skiing near Edmonton. The resort spans 4 mountain faces and 4200 acres, packing in 3250 feet of vertical. There are 143 marked runs to choose from, as well as back bowls and the West Bowl. There is a solid mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs accessible from every chair, meaning the whole family can enjoy. Stay at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or if you’re on a budget, check out an adorable mountain chalet.

Pro Tip: Lake Louise is part of SkiBig3, a mountain collective for ski resorts in Banff National Park. If you’re hungry for more than Louise has to offer, look at purchasing a SkiBig3 pass, which grants you access to Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village as well.

Sunshine Village

  • Distance from Edmonton: 430 km (~4 hours, 20 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at Sunshine Mountain Lodge
  • Ability levels: All levels

Just like Lake Louise, Sunshine Village in Banff National Park is a top-quality option for snowboarding and skiing near Edmonton. Just 15 minutes from the town of Banff, Sunshine sits astride the Continental Divide in the Rockies. You can even ski in British Columbia and Alberta in the same run! With a ski season lasting from early November to late May, and 120 runs across 3300 acres, including the 12-acre Great Divide Terrain Park, Sunshine offers some of the best skiing in the Rockies. There are runs for all levels, as well as lessons and rentals. Experts can test their skills in the off-piste Delirium Dive. Stay onsite at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, or cozy up in this apartment in the town of Banff.

Mt. Norquay

  • Distance from Edmonton: 420 km (~4 hours, 15 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Located just outside the town of Banff (you can see the lights from night skiing if you look up from town!), Mt. Norquay is a favourite of Banff locals and is a great spot to hit up from Edmonton. Choose from steep terrain or gentle groomers, with 60 runs spanning 190 acres. Norquay boasts 1650 feet of vertical, 5 lifts, and a terrain park. The hill has 85% snowmaking capacity, even though being located in Banff means plenty of big dumps over the season. Make a weekend of it and book a place to stay in Banff!

Rabbit Hill Snow Resort

  • Location: 20715 57 Ave SW, Edmonton, AB
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Looking for local? Look no further! Located within Edmonton city limits, Rabbit Hill Snow Resort has more than enough winter fun to keep you busy if you want to hit the slopes after work or on the weekend. Featuring 11 runs ranging from green to black diamond, as well as 3 terrain parks, Rabbit Hill is a great ski hill near Edmonton. The resort also has a snow school, so you can get in some practice before you take on the big mountains further south. If you’re coming from out of town, check out this cute downtown condo. 

Panorama Mountain Resort

  • Distance from Edmonton: 582 km (~6hr, 15 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at many lodges, including Horsethief Lodge
  • Ability levels: All levels

For a perfect weekend getaway from Edmonton, look no further than a ski trip to Panorama Mountain Resort. Located near Invermere, BC, you’ll be rewarded for your journey with 2975 acres of terrain, 4265 feet of vertical, and 133 trails. The terrain feels endless, with plenty of easy wide groomed runs, as well as a stash of black diamond runs in Taynton Bowl, a former heli-skiing area. Choose from a multitude of slopeside lodging options, from Tamarack Condos to the Taynton Lodge, or explore Invermere from this cozy condo.

Fernie Alpine Resort

  • Distance from Edmonton: 580 km (~6hr, 15 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at many lodges, including Lizard Creek Lodge
  • Ability levels: All levels

“As steep as you want it to be”, Fernie Alpine Resort is a great choice for those looking to push their limits. The resort has 142 trails, 30% of which are advanced, as well as 5 alpine bowls and countless chutes. Beginners are more than welcome at Fernie too, with plenty of greens and blues to choose from across the resort’s 3550 feet of vertical and 2500 acres. The resort sees up to 37 feet of snow every year, making it a great spot to find fresh pow. If downhill isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy 14km of groomed cross country skiing runs. Stay slopeside at Fernie Slopeside Lodge or Lizard Creek Lodge, or get your fill of relaxed ski town vibes staying at this cool studio in town.

Sunridge Ski Area

  • Location: 10980 17 St. NW, Edmonton, AB
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

With 12 runs across 72 acres, you wouldn’t expect this Edmonton-area ski resort to have 45% advanced runs, but Sunridge Ski Area packs a punch! This ski hill inside Edmonton city limits also offers tubing, terrain parks, cross country skiing, and night skiing! Even though the ski area doesn’t quite get the same big dumps as the mountain resorts, it has 100% snowmaking capacity, so you can still enjoy going out for a rip to Sunridge over the entire season! 

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

  • Distance from Edmonton: 562 km (~6hr, 15 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at many lodges, including Palliser Lodge
  • Ability levels: All levels, but mostly advanced

The “Champagne Powder Capital of Canada”, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has epic runs and kick-ass views that just don’t quit. With 120 runs, 45% of which are advanced and 15% of which are expert, Kicking Horse is not for the faint of heart. The resort also has options to heli-ski, giving you even more ways to get your heart pounding over its 3400 acres and impressive 4314 feet of vertical. Beginners will find greens and blues to try as well, but adrenaline lovers from Edmonton will flock to this ski hill. Stay slope side at Palliser Lodge, (among other options) or relax in this incredible “eco-cabin” in the woods.

Kimberley Alpine Resort

  • Distance from Edmonton: 680 km (~7hr, 30 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at many lodges, including Timberstone Lodge
  • Ability levels: All levels

Kimberley Alpine Resort is a great option for skiing near Edmonton if you’re looking to get away from it all. The hill itself is nothing to sniff at, with 68 runs, 2465 feet of vertical, and 1800 acres of terrain. The real draw however, is the laidback and genuine feel of the resort, as well as a combination of delicious powder and a penchant towards sunny days. There’s fun for the whole family with a skating rink and night skiing, as well as the Bavarian-style downtown of the town of Kimberley. Stay slopeside or relax and retreat at this authentic cabin in the woods.

Nakiska Ski Area

  • Distance from Edmonton: 385 km (~4hr, 20 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Set in the awe-inspiring mountains of Kananaskis Country, Nakiska Ski Area is a great spot for snowboarding and skiing near Edmonton, with less crowds than bigger players like Sunshine or Louise. The ski area has 4 lifts and 2 magic carpets, with 79 trails to choose from and 2412 feet of vertical. The runs are 60% intermediate, making it a great spot for beginners wanting to improve their skills. Bonus: the ski area is close to the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge where you’ll find the famed Kananaskis Nordic Spa. You can bomb down runs all day, and treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the pools after.

Snow Valley Edmonton

  • Location: 13204 Rainbow Valley Road NW, Edmonton, AB
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

If you’re itching to get out on the hill during the week, check out Snow Valley Edmonton. The hill has 4 lifts as well as a terrain park and a halfpipe where you can practice your backside 360, and it’s close to home if you don’t have the budget for a big weekend trip to the mountains. With tons of options for lessons, including junior programs and 65+, Snow Valley is perfect for the whole family, even grandma and grandpa!

Edmonton Ski Club

  • Location: 9613 96 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: Beginner

The price is right at Edmonton Ski Club, with lift tickets for only $10! The facility has five runs: one green, three blues, and one black diamond. There is also a terrain park, tubing and lessons. The Edmonton Ski Club has partnered with Marmot Basin to offer lesson packages that include two days at the club and a full day at the hill in Jasper! The club is a perfect stepping-stone from skiing near Edmonton proper to tackling those big mountain runs, so what are you waiting for? Get shredding!

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area

  • Distance from Edmonton: 584 km (~6hr, 25 minutes)
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
  • Ability levels: All levels

If the thought of spending hours on end at the hill doesn’t appeal to you, but you still want to put that ski or snowbaord gear to good use, check out the ski area at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The hill features 12 runs, ranging from green to black diamond, as well as 2 terrain parks and a tubing park. The big draw of the ski area is that a lift ticket doubles as entry to the resort’s famed natural hot springs. Book a weekend at the resort and get the best of both worlds, a fun day on the hill and a soothing soak in the hot springs!

What You Need to Know Before Snowboarding or Skiing Near Edmonton

What to Pack:

  • Waterproof outerwear – Possibly the most critical pieces of clothing for your ski trip packing list is durable, waterproof outerwear. Burton and Helly Hansen are famous ski brands for having best-in-class clothing that will keep you warm in the coldest, snowiest conditions. Click here to shop ski jackets and compare prices.
  • Thermal layers – Thermal baselayers are absolutely critical for a smooth skiing experience, as these will keep you warm and dry underneath your outerwear. The best kinds of thermal baselayers are made of Merino wool, which is moisture-wicking and comfortable. Our favorite brand of thermal layers is SmartWool – their tops and leggings are soft, lightweight, but warm and durable for all kinds of outdoor activities, including skiing. Click here to shop thermal tops and leggings and compare prices.
  • Ski goggles – No ski trip packing list would be complete without a pair of fog-resistant ski goggles, especially if you’re going somewhere that makes artificial snow. Ski slopes often have snow blowing into the air several times a day and it can be hard to keep freezing snowflakes out of your eyes, even during clear days. We use and recommend these ski goggles. However, you can shop ski goggles and compare reviews/prices here.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of things to pack, read our guide on What to Wear Skiing & Snowboarding and our Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List to view our full packing list and gear recommendations for the slopes!

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Located in the northeastern United States, New Hampshire has an excellent variety of hills and terrain for both downhill and nordic skiing, as well as snowboarding. Home to the White Mountains, some of the northeast’s largest peaks, locals love hitting the slopes of New Hampshire’s best ski resorts. The snow is plentiful and when needed, most resorts have amazing snowmaking capacity. Check out our guide for the best spots to go snowboarding and skiing in New Hampshire!

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Most Epic Ski Resorts in New Hampshire

Bretton Woods

New Hampshire’s largest ski area, Bretton Woods, is less than two hours away from the city of Manchester. Because of its accessibility from other major cities like Boston, Bretton Woods is a beloved place to go skiing in New Hampshire. With 10 lifts and 98 trails and glades spread across three peaks, Bretton Woods has something for everyone! The resort also offers cross-country skiing, with a total of 464 skiable acres of alpine runs and nordic trails.

Riders can rejoice at Bretton Woods being awarded “Best Grooming in the East” by Ski Magazine 5 years in a row! Enjoy night skiing, midweek passes, and lessons at this comprehensive resort. Staying for a night? Book a stay at the famous Omni Mount Washington Resort onsite and get your spa on after a long day on the slopes. Or, check out this gorgeous house, with room for you and your friends!

Loon Mountain Resort

Rated one of the East’s most accessible mountain resorts by readers of Ski Magazine, Loon Mountain is just 10 minutes off of I-93, located in the White Mountain National Forest. With 61 trails and award-winning terrain parks, Loon Mountain is the perfect spot for beginners and adrenaline junkies alike. The resort features New Hampshire’s only Superpipe, so bring your best tricks! Visitors looking for a unique experience can also check out the zipline over the frozen Pemigewasset River. After you’ve hit the slopes, relax at the resort’s legendary après-ski spot, Paul Bunyan Room. For an affordable lodging option, check out this beautiful condo.

Mount Sunapee

  • Location: Newbury, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

One of Southern New Hampshire’s premier resorts, Mount Sunapee is an inviting place for all levels. The resort has managed to pack a lot into its 1510 feet of vertical, including 66 trails and glades, and 4 terrain parks. Nervous about your first time skiing or boarding? The entire South Peak at Sunapee is designated as a learning area, away from the rest of the trails.

Known for its incredible snowmaking, be prepared for bigger and better since Vail acquired the mountain and invested millions of dollars into the grooming and snowmaking programs. The mountain is also part of Vail’s Epic Pass, which can be used at a ton of other Vail locations. Despite being acquired by the ski resort conglomerate, Mount Sunapee is still a relaxed resort that will feel like family. There is no slopeside lodging, but why not stay at this cozy cabin?

Cranmore Mountain Resort

Located in a quaint ski town, the small but mighty Cranmore Mountain Resort packs a punch, with 56 trails and 9 lifts spread across 170 acres of terrain. There is a great variety of runs to choose from, or if skiing and boarding isn’t your thing, head to New Hampshire’s #1 rated tube park for some fun on the slippery slopes. Be sure to check out the historic buildings and shopping outlets in town as well. You can stay in a condo onsite, or this beautiful rental house.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

  • Location: Gilford, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Enjoy the view of the majestic frozen Lake Winnipesaukee as you hit the slopes of Gunstock Mountain Resort. New Hampshire’s closest resort to Boston, this ski area is home to 48 trails, 1340 feet of vertical and 2200 acres. Nordic skiers can enjoy their choice of 30 groomed trails across 22km. Dreaming of your après-ski as the sun starts to set? Not so fast! Gunstock Mountain has the most night skiing in New England, with 22 trails open after dark, perfect for enjoying a night of skiing or snowboarding under the stars. Relax in this charming cabin after a full day (or night) on the slopes.

Wildcat Mountain

  • Location: Jackson, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Fans of spring skiing can head to Wildcat Mountain Resort, where New Hampshire’s longest ski season will keep you bombing down runs until early May. The resort base sits at 2000 feet of elevation and has 90% snowmaking coverage, keeping the good times going across its 49 trails and 1 terrain park from November until May.

The resort also boasts New Hampshire’s #1 scenery in the East, as voted by Ski Magazine readers, as well as the New Hampshire’s longest beginner ski trail. As if that weren’t enough to keep you occupied, Wildcat is sister resort to Attitash Mountain Resort, just 20 minutes away. Tickets are valid at either property, even on the same day, so get shredding! Take in the beautiful mountain views from this stunning private cabin after a busy day at the hill!

Attitash Mountain

  • Location: Bartlett, NH
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at the Grand Summit Hotel
  • Ability levels: All levels

Sister mountain to Wildcat Mountain Resort, Attitash Mountain Resort is another great stop on a New Hampshire ski trip. It has more trails than Wildcat, at 67 compared to 49, and 98% snowmaking instead of 90%. Wildcat beats it out when it comes to vertical, but Attitash still has 1750 feet to get your heart pounding. Expert riders can check out the unpatrolled backcountry glades on pow days. Unwind after a long day on the hill at the slopeside luxury hotel, Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, this adorable cabin is a great option. Both mountains have a lot to offer though, so make it an extended stay and check out both resorts!

King Pine Ski Area

With just 500 feet of vertical, King Pine is still manages to pack in incredible runs carved through pine trees, as well as the Twisted Pine terrain park. The mountain offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with hardly any lines to wait for. There is an excellent ski school for beginners, but those looking for a challenge can test themselves on a number of black diamond runs. This is one resort that really proves that good things come in small packages! Stay onsite at the resort, or check out this picturesque cabin in the woods.

Cannon Mountain Ski Area

  • Location: Franconia, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Run by New Hampshire State and located within Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain Ski Area is home to some of New Hampshire’s most quietly legendary skiing. The ski area has 97 trails and glades and 11 lifts, but the mountain’s real claim to fame is the longest vertical drop in the state. 2180 feet of vertical will invite some of the area’s best skiers and boarders, including Olympian Bode Miller. Cannon Mountain can also boast about the highest ski area summit in New Hampshire, at an elevation of 4080 feet. The soaring summit is the perfect spot for the Aerial Tramway, an 80-passenger cable car with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Rest up after a busy day of shredding at this adorable chalet.

Abenaki Ski Area

  • Location: Wolfeboro, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

For an affordable and quiet getaway, look no further than Abenaki Ski Area. Dating back to 1936, Abenaki is the oldest community-run ski area in the entire country! The area features 7 trails from green to black diamond, a terrain park, and 30km of nordic skiing. Check out the charming lodge after your day on the slopes, and warm up next to the wood stove. The price is right for this little resort, with lift tickets offered at only $20! For an affordable lodging option, check out this cozy lakeside cottage.

Waterville Valley

Tucked into the end of the valley, Waterville Valley is a fantastic place to take a breath of fresh mountain air. With 50 trails serviced by 11 lifts, crowds are small and lines are short. The village has plenty of options for lodging and après, as well as condos, indoor pools, skating, spas, and sleigh or dogsled rides. It’s a perfect fit for families! The resort has 100% snowmaking coverage, so you can rest assured that your relaxing nature getaway will still have plenty of pow. If you want a more secluded place to stay, check out this pristine mountain getaway.

Photo Credit: Brian Robinson (Flicker CC)

Jackson XC Center

  • Location: Jackson, NH
  • Accommodation on site? Yes
  • Ability levels: All levels

Looking for incredible cross country skiing in New Hampshire? Look no further than the Jackson XC Center. With 60 square miles of terrain across three river valleys, and backcountry access to White Mountain National Forest, Jackson is the perfect spot for some nordic skiing. Enjoy sunny vistas, old growth forest, mountain descents, or check out the international race course. There are warming cabins along some of the trails, as well as numerous eateries, pubs, and inns in the charming village. If you’re looking for lodging, why not cozy up in this romantic log cabin?

Pats Peak Ski Area

  • Location: Henniker, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Pats Peak is a family-friendly resort with 50% novice runs, as well as 3 separate beginners areas serviced by their own lifts. The resort has some of southern New Hampshire’s only novice runs accessible from the summit, instead of just advanced runs. 100% of the main peak is open for night skiing, and there is tubing, terrain parks, childcare, and an excellent kids’ program. 100% snowmaking coverage guarantees that Pats Peak is a great choice for snowboarding and skiing in New Hampshire throughout the entire season. This resort comes highly recommended by locals looking to learn the ropes of snowboarding and skiing in New Hampshire! Check out this peaceful chalet for a relaxing place to stay the night.

Whaleback Mountain

  • Location: Enfield, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: All levels

Featuring 31 trails with a solid mix of greens, blues, and blacks, Whaleback Mountain is a resort with an authentic community feel. After Whaleback Mountain LLC foreclosed on the property in 2013, the board of directors came together in order to negotiate the purchase of the hill as a nonprofit. The board felt that Whaleback should be preserved as a spot for locals looking to ski and snowboard in New Hampshire. Make sure to check out the Thursday Night Adult Race League! Locals can also take advantage of after school programs for kids. If you’re coming from out of town, book a stay with a big group of friends at this charming farmhouse!

Ragged Mountain

  • Location: Danbury, NH
  • Accommodation on site? Yes, at the Cardigan Cabins
  • Ability levels: All levels

Ragged Mountain is another great option for families looking to snowboard or ski in New Hampshire. The resort’s learn-to-ski program is free for beginners, but there is something for everyone within its 57 trails and 1250 feet of vertical. Between the two main peaks thrill seekers will find The Ravine, an advanced area featuring many blacks and double black diamond runs. Slopeside lodging means you can relax and unwind after a great day at the hill with the fam! If you’re on a weekend getaway with your boo, check out this adorable cabin.

Photo Credit: McIntyre Ski Area

McIntyre Ski Area

  • Location: Manchester, NH
  • Accommodation on site? No
  • Ability levels: Beginner-Intermediate

Located in Manchester, McIntyre Ski Area is the city’s premier learn-to-ski/ride mountain. The hill has 200 feet of vertical, with 9 green and blue trails. The terrain park is perfect for practicing tricks, and families can enjoy the 8-lane tubing “Thrill Hill”. Warm up after a fun day in the snow in the newly expanded 9000 square foot lodge. This ski area is a perfect option for snowboarding and skiing near Manchester. This modern downtown apartment would be a sweet spot to stay at.

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What to Bring

  • Waterproof outerwear – Possibly the most critical pieces of clothing for your ski trip packing list is durable, waterproof outerwear. Burton and Helly Hansen are famous ski brands for having best-in-class clothing that will keep you warm in the coldest, snowiest conditions. Click here to shop ski jackets and compare prices.
  • Thermal layers – Thermal baselayers are absolutely critical for a smooth skiing experience, as these will keep you warm and dry underneath your outerwear. The best kinds of thermal baselayers are made of Merino wool, which is moisture-wicking and comfortable. Our favorite brand of thermal layers is SmartWool – their tops and leggings are soft, lightweight, but warm and durable for all kinds of outdoor activities, including skiing. Click here to shop thermal tops and leggings and compare prices.
  • Ski goggles – No ski trip packing list would be complete without a pair of fog-resistant ski goggles, especially if you’re going somewhere that makes artificial snow. Ski slopes often have snow blowing into the air several times a day and it can be hard to keep freezing snowflakes out of your eyes, even during clear days. We use and recommend these ski goggles. However, you can shop ski goggles and compare reviews/prices here.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of things to pack, read our guide on What to Wear Skiing & Snowboarding and our Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List to view our full packing list and gear recommendations for the slopes!

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While it may not be natural to think of the Midwest as a hotspot for snow sports, there are actually several fantastic resorts in the region for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. In Wisconsin, you can find several of these ski resorts near Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned practitioner, you can definitely find a resort that caters to your ability level and skills. We created this guide to the best places for snowboarding and skiing near Milwaukee to help you plan your next wonderful winter escape!

Best Ski Resorts Near Milwaukee

The Rock Snowpark

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 15 miles (20 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: Beginner & intermediate

Located just 20 minutes from downtown, The Rock Snowpark is a great local option for skiing near Milwaukee. With just 8 runs, it’s a fairly tiny ski resort, but what it lacks in number, it makes up for in quality. Locals love skiing here often because of its convenience to the city, its night skiing opportunities (perfect for a post-work ski trip) and its low-key atmosphere. Trails tend to be well-groomed and area especially fantastic after a recent snowfall in the city. Additionally, the park offers tubing for extra fun on the slopes.

Little Switzerland

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 35 miles (35 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: Beginner & intermediate

If you’re on a time crunch but are looking for something with a bit more diversity than The Rock, Little Switzerland is a fantastic option for snowboarding and skiing near Milwaukee! This small mountain has two sides – a front side with a beginner area for first-timers, and a back side that has more trail variety ranging in ability level. There’s also a large portion of the resort dedicated to terrain parks. With on site dining and night skiing available, it’s a great spot to head on weekday evenings or to spend a day outside in the Wisconsin winter.

Sunburst

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 40 miles (40 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: All levels

Sunburst‘s 11 trails might seem limiting at first glance, but they range in difficulty from easy green slopes to double black diamond rated terrain. While skiing and snowboarding is great at Sunburst, the biggest draw is actually its tubing hill, which they boast as the largest in the world. It’s got 45 chutes with a 90 foot drop over 1200 feet of length, and if you’re seeing an adrenaline rush, you can reach speeds of over 30 miles per hour. Sunburst is a great spot to ski/ride and tube, all within one hour of Milwaukee.

Alpine Valley

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 40 miles (40 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Yes, at Alpine Valley Resort
  • Experience levels: Beginner & intermediate

If you’re looking for an easy getaway, Alpine Valley is a quaint spot for snowboarding and skiing near Milwaukee. With around 20 trails largely suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners, Alpine Valley caters to beginners who want to level up in an easy, friendly environment. They’ve got an on-site lodge where you can stay for the weekend, but since it’s only 40 minutes away from Milwaukee, half- and full-day trips here are easy too.

A quiet day at Wilmot Mountain. Photo Credit: Jhon H. Nova (Flickr CC)

Wilmot Mountain

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 50 miles (1 hour)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site, but you can stay nearby at The Abbey Resort
  • Experience levels: All levels

Wilmot Mountain is one of the most popular ski resorts near Milwaukee and Chicago. At around 1 hour away, it’s an easily accessible day trip for Milwaukee dwellers craving some slope time. There are 23 different ski trails to explore on the 120-acre campus, with options ranging from bunny hills to single black diamonds. New to skiing or snowboarding? No problem! There’s an entire beginner-friendly area of Wilmot Mountain with bunny hills for practice. Additionally, guests can rent gear, take lessons, and go tubing.

Grand Geneva

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 50 miles (1 hour)
  • Accommodation available? Yes, at Grand Geneva Resort
  • Experience levels: Beginner & intermediate

For beginners looking for friendly ski resorts near Milwaukee to learn, Grand Geneva is a fantastic option. Many visitors to the resort say that it’s a great, supportive environment for beginners to learn and grow in the sport, as the resort is located on a smaller hill. Guests boast friendly staff and a family-friendly atmosphere that’s perfect for groups or individuals who want to learn and progress. In addition to the snow sports area, Grand Geneva has an entire lodge and resort attached to it that’s open year round, so there’s plenty to do on and off the slopes.

Cascade Mountain

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 105 miles (1.5 hours)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site; the closest hotel is Best Western Portage
  • Experience levels: All levels

So you want to spend a long weekend at a ski resort, shredding the slopes and sharpening your skills? Sounds like you need to get over to Cascade Mountain Resort! This large ski resort in Portage, Wisconsin has 47 trails for skiers of all levels, offering all of the main amenities like rentals, lessons, and season passes.

Perhaps the coolest thing about Cascade Mountain is that you’ll find skiers of all levels here, as well as a ski shop and tech shop to purchase gear. Additionally, there are tubing slopes for folks who would rather fly down the slopes without all that technical know-how.

Tyrol Basin

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 110 miles (1 hour, 40 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: All levels

Terrain lovers, Tyrol Basin is a great spot for you! With 17 trails and a huge section of the resort dedicated to terrain parks, adrenaline junkie riders and skiers will have a blast at this small Wisconsin resort. In addition to recreational skiing and riding, Tyrol Basin also offers racing programs for kids and adults. On weekdays, you can get an all day lift ticket for under $20, a steal among the other options on our list.

Photo Credit: winny lucas (Flickr CC)

Devil’s Head

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 110 miles (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: All levels

Devil’s Head Resort is famous around Chicago for a lot of things, and skiing in certainly one of them. While the resort does offer slopes for all levels, including beginners, the real draws here are for more experienced skiers. The resort area’s 500-foot vertical drop boasts 30 runs of varying steepness, including some extra-challenging double black diamond slopes. Needless to say, Devil’s Head is one of the largest and most thrilling ski resorts on our list.

Where to Stay Near Devil’s Head: Best Western Portage

Nordic Mountain

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 120 miles (2 hours)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: All levels

If you’re looking for a small resort that also offers a challenge, Nordic Mountain is a great option for skiing near Milwaukee. There’s an entire dedicated learning area, with several other trails ranging from gentle green slopes to challenging double black diamond glades. Additionally, there’s a whole section of the resort specifically filled with terrain park areas for some thrilling adventures. For families, the park also offers several tubing runs for those wanting to enjoy the snow without skiing or snowboarding.

Christmas Mountain Village

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 125 miles (2 hours)
  • Accommodation available? Yes, at Christmas Mountain Village
  • Experience levels: All levels

One of Wisconsin’s most beloved ski resorts is Christmas Mountain Village, which is a small park home to 16 trails. They’re also open until 9 PM on weekdays and 10 PM on weekends, and night skiing here is one of the regulars’ favorite activities. However, because it’s such a small resort and it’s so popular, lines here can get long and the trails can be crowded. We’d recommend arriving as soon as it opens on weekends or going on weekdays when the crowds are considerably smaller.

Granite Peak

  • Distance from Milwaukee: 186 miles (2 hours, 45 minutes)
  • Accommodation available? Not on site
  • Experience levels: All levels

As one of the largest winter sports recreation areas in Wisconsin, Granite Peak is a MUST for skiers and riders in the Milwaukee area. Compared to other ski resorts near Milwaukee, the whopping 68 trails across over 200 acres at Granite Peak offer skiers the opportunity to try lots of new runs over a long weekend or a winter getaway. It’s also the highest vertical drop in Wisconsin, with over 700 feet of elevation.

Skiers and riders of all levels will enjoy the variety of trails at Granite peak, ranging from beginner-friendly green runs and hills to double black diamond thrillers. Regulars to Granite Peak love it for being the most comprehensive and well-run ski resort in Wisconsin; some even say you might forget you’re skiing in the Midwest here!

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What to Pack

  • Waterproof outerwear – Possibly the most critical pieces of clothing for your ski trip packing list is durable, waterproof outerwear. Burton and Helly Hansen are famous ski brands for having best-in-class clothing that will keep you warm in the coldest, snowiest conditions. Click here to shop ski jackets and compare prices.
  • Thermal layers – Thermal baselayers are absolutely critical for a smooth skiing experience, as these will keep you warm and dry underneath your outerwear. The best kinds of thermal baselayers are made of Merino wool, which is moisture-wicking and comfortable. Our favorite brand of thermal layers is SmartWool – their tops and leggings are soft, lightweight, but warm and durable for all kinds of outdoor activities, including skiing. Click here to shop thermal tops and leggings and compare prices.
  • Ski goggles – No ski trip packing list would be complete without a pair of fog-resistant ski goggles, especially if you’re going somewhere that makes artificial snow. Ski slopes often have snow blowing into the air several times a day and it can be hard to keep freezing snowflakes out of your eyes, even during clear days. We use and recommend these ski goggles. However, you can shop ski goggles and compare reviews/prices here.

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If you’re feeling stuck at home in Cincinnati this winter, don’t fret – there are actually a ton of places to enjoy the outdoors and go snowboarding and skiing near Cincinnati. From family friendly hills to adrenaline-inducing runs for more experienced skiers, there are so many opportunities to enjoy the slopes within a short drive of the city. Wondering where we recommend visiting? Here are 7 incredible ski resorts near Cincinnati that you can visit today!

Perfect North Slopes, IN

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 30 miles (35 mins)
  • Accommodations Available: Not on-site
  • Ability Level: All levels

At around half an hour from Cincinnati, Perfect North Slopes is a small, family-owned resort for skiing near Cleveland. It is by far the most convenient and accessible area for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing on a time crunch. While it’s not the tallest elevation (at just 400 feet) , this small resort boasts 23 trails, with a mixture of beginner and intermediate ratings. For beginners and first-timers, there’s a ski school and rental shop available so you can learn here. There’s a fantastic beginner area that’s super family-friendly.

Visitors love how well-run Perfect North is, from its wonderful snowmaking capabilities to friendly staff and instructors. There’s also a heated drink tent at the bottom of the tubing hill so you can warm up from the winter air. People love this family-friendly spot for learning to ski or sneaking in some slope time without straying too far from Cincinnati.

How to Get There: If you are driving, start on I-75 S towards Lexington, then I-275 W to IN–1/Ohio Scenic highway to Perfect Place Ln to resort.

Mad River Mountain

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 112 miles (~2 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: Not on-site, but there are nearby hotels at affordable prices
  • Ability Level: All levels

Opened in 1962, Mad River Mountain is one of Ohio’s largest ski resorts, and it’s just 2 hours from Cincinnati. With 20 trails across 144 acres, this resort has runs ranging from bunny hills to expert-level slopes. Mad River is also home to the Avalanche Snow Tubing Park, which has 10 lanes and is the biggest in Ohio. Their slogan is “every day is a snow day,” and they truly aim to make snow sports accessible to the Midwest region.

Many people state that Mad River Mountain is the best place to ski in Ohio, with its affordable prices and well-run resort areas. There are several terrain parks, and one of them, Capital Park, was voted one of the best in Ohio. Additionally, they have special discounts for Ohio college students, as well as live music and events.

How to Get There: The easiest way to get to Mad River Mountain is by car. If you are planning on driving, start on I-75 N then OH-4 E towards Columbus, then OH-245 E to county road 29 to resort.

Paoli Peaks, IN

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 147 miles (~2.5 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: None on-site
  • Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate

Open 7 days a week, Paoli Peaks is one of the best places to go snowboarding and skiing near Cincinnati. Perfect for a day trip, its 15 trails and 2 terrain parks cover mostly beginner and intermediate difficulty, but there are a few gems for more experienced skiers and riders too. They’ve got fantastic discounts for college students, and if you’re not a skier or rider, you can still enjoy the Arctic Blast Tubing Park. Paoli Peaks is considered one of the best spots to go skiing in Southern Indiana.

How to Get There: If driving, start on I-71 S to IN-265 to US-150 W to Paoli, then Historic Pathways to county road 25 to resort.

Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 164 miles (~2.5 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: None on-site
  • Ability Level: All levels

Located in Hancock County in the Riverbend Recreational Area, Raccoon Run is more of a community winter sports area than a true “resort.” This public park area offers trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through a beautiful forested area. This ski area is open to the public on weekends and holidays for free. For beginners, there are workshops from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on most weekends. There’s also night skiing available and a hot drink stop inside the center’s building. If you need to rent equipment, you can rent it in Cincinnati or nearby.

How to Get There: If driving, start on I-75 N to OH-10 towards Columbus, then OH-568 E to Trail 241 to the resort.

Snow Trails Winter Resort

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 172 miles (~2.5 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: Not on-site
  • Ability Level: All levels, mostly intermediate

Located in Mansfield, OH, Snow Trails Winter Resort is a family owned and operated ski and snowboard area that’s just 2.5 hours from Cincinnati. On-site, they offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in Possum Run Valley, which is one of the coldest valleys in Ohio for maintaining snow.

The resort’s 17 trails and 3 terrain parks are mostly intermediate and advanced, but there are a few trails suitable for beginners as well. The West Woods side of the hill is said to be good for beginner/intermediate skiers and riders, while the side of the hill near tubing is more aggressive terrain for experienced skiers. The elevation on the mountain is the highest in Ohio, at 1,475 feet, and visitors love the remote, backcountry feeling of the resort. Another interesting feature of the resort include glow tubing – a night-time tubing experience that’s totally unique.

How to Get There: If driving, start on I-71 N to OH-13 N towards Mansfield to Possum Run Road to resort.

Boston Mills & Brandywine

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 240 miles (~3.5 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: None on-site, but there are plenty of hotels in nearby Brandywine
  • Ability Level: All levels

Boston Mills & Brandywine are two sister resorts, located just 1 mile from each other. This resort system offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at its Polar Blast Tubing Park. The resort boasts snowmaking capabilities and shorter slopes, meaning you can ride through them pretty quickly. 18 trails and 3 terrain parks ranging from beginner to advanced span the two resort areas, including Ohio’s steepest slope, Tiger. Of the two resorts, Brandywine is said to be more suitable for snowboarders and more advanced practitioners, while Boston Mills has more beginner-friendly terrain.

How to Get There: If driving, start on I-71 N towards Cleveland, then I-271 N to OH-303 E to Riverview Rd to resort.

Alpine Valley

  • Distance from Cincinnati: 264 miles (~4 hours)
  • Accommodations Available: None on-site
  • Ability Level: All levels

Located in Ohio’s snow belt, Alpine Valley gets the most natural snow out of all the resorts in Ohio. Here, snowboarders and skiers can enjoy the slopes, and there’s a snow tubing area for non-riders, too. As a smaller resort, there are 11 runs here that are evenly split between beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Unlike many of the resorts on our list, most of the trails here are wooded trails that are ungroomed. There’s a huge focus at Alpine Valley on family-friendly activities, and people generally like the accessibility of the ski area. On Saturday nights, the resort offers a special discount for beginners.

How to Get There: If driving, start on I-71 N towards Cleveland, then I-271 N, to US-322 E to Mayfield Rd. to resort.

What to Pack

  • Waterproof outerwear – Possibly the most critical pieces of clothing for your ski trip packing list is durable, waterproof outerwear. Burton and Helly Hansen are famous ski brands for having best-in-class clothing that will keep you warm in the coldest, snowiest conditions. Click here to shop ski jackets and compare prices.
  • Thermal layers – Thermal baselayers are absolutely critical for a smooth skiing experience, as these will keep you warm and dry underneath your outerwear. The best kinds of thermal baselayers are made of Merino wool, which is moisture-wicking and comfortable. Our favorite brand of thermal layers is SmartWool – their tops and leggings are soft, lightweight, but warm and durable for all kinds of outdoor activities, including skiing. Click here to shop thermal tops and leggings and compare prices.
  • Ski goggles – No ski trip packing list would be complete without a pair of fog-resistant ski goggles, especially if you’re going somewhere that makes artificial snow. Ski slopes often have snow blowing into the air several times a day and it can be hard to keep freezing snowflakes out of your eyes, even during clear days. We use and recommend these ski goggles. However, you can shop ski goggles and compare reviews/prices here.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of things to pack, head to our Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List to view our full packing list and gear recommendations for the slopes!

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