By the Engel & Völkers Team
With the official start of winter, many might set off to seek shelter in warmer destinations to work on their tans, while others will gravitate towards snow-capped mountains to work on their form on the slopes. If you're more of a snow lover than a snowbird this season, there's more to it than doubling up layers of clothes, packing a thermos of hot chocolate and repairing your shoe straps to achieve the ultimate winter wonderland experience.
To embark on the road to the perfect winter haven, here are six of our favorite ski/snowboarding markets across the U.S. and Canada, world-renowned for their idyllic scenery and, of course, top-class ski resorts.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With the likes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole is a winter playground for thrill seekers, accompanied by blue skies, white snow and picturesque mountain views of Grand Teton National Park.
Located among the Laurentian Mountains, Mont-Tremblant hosts a series of winter activities including skiing along the shores of Lake Tremblant, but also offers world-class golfing, forested hiking trails and lakes for canoeing during warmer months.
Whistler, British Columbia
North of Vancouver, Whistler is home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler's Blackcomb Mountain is known for its famed ski resort, shops and fine dining. If you're in town, we especially recommend trying Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar, best known for their oysters and chilled seafood.
Park City, Utah
Recognized for its world-renowned ski slopes like Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, you can also catch celebrities frequenting Park City for its annual Sundance Film Festival.
Boasting dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, you can get as high as 8,000 feet above sea level in Aspen. In addition to skiing, you can try out Aspen's high-end dining scene or visit the Wheeler Opera House, in operation since 1889.
Olympic Valley, California
Olympic Valley was host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and is home to Squaw Valley Resort, one of the largest ski areas in the U.S. Bonus: We have it on good authority that a luxury chalet-style home is currently on the market here, which has an added 29.6 acres of development opportunity at the base of Squaw Valley Resort—making this estate one of the most significant listings currently on the market in ski country.