As the years pass by, mountain visits can blur or even fade from memory. To make a trip stand out, try one of these memorable activities for après time, a day off, or a unique experience.
Bucket List FUN
Riding a mountain coaster, fat bike, ski bike, or snow tube is great fun for kids, adults, and non-skiers. So are dogsled rides. Or whizzing down the toboggan chute in Lake Placid or Camden Snow Bowl in Maine.
Have kids with surplus energy? Try indoor adventure centers at Smugglers' Notch, Jay Peak; climbing walls at Stowe, Squaw Valley; new indoor skate park at Bolton Valley; or the Copper Woodward Barn for experiences sure to please active kids.
All ages are sure to enjoy indoor water parks found at, or close to, Attitash, Blue Mountain, Boyne Mountain, Camelback, Cascade Mountain, Granite Peak, Greek Peak, Jay Peak, Mountain Top, Silver Mountain, and Massanutten.
Tame, Terrific, or Tasty Memories
Visit a ski museum to connect to snowsports history in Park City, Utah; Squaw Valley; Franconia and North Conway, New Hampshire; Stowe and Pico, Vermont; Vail and Crested Butte, Colorado; Ishpeming, Michigan; or the Olympic Village Museum in Lake Placid, New York.
Heated outdoor pools and hot tubs abound for soothing après swims or soaks which can be especially scenic on starry nights or when snowflakes fall.
For an unforgettable soak, try one of the outdoor geothermal or mineral springs in Steamboart Springs, Glenwood Springs (near Sunlight and Aspen Snowmass), Mount Princeton Hot Springs (close to Ski Cooper and Monarch Mountain), or one of the two dozen hot springs in Colorado.
For an educational/cultural component take a trip to Europe. Austria and Italy trips are unforgettable for skiing Olympic runs, the food, and taking side trips to explore famous sites in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Milan and Munich — especially hoisting one at the Hoffbrau Haus.
For beer aficionados, micro breweries near mountains and winter beer fests make for great tasting visits.
A snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to the Ledgewood Yurt for a gourmet candlelit dinner offers a unique après experience at Killington as does the snowcat ride to the resort’s Motor Room Bar (atop a former chairlift terminal) for libations and hors d’oeurvres.
Magical mountain evening dinners can be reached by snowcoach, lifts, and/or snowshoe tours at many resorts, including Allyn’s at Sugarbush, Solitude Station at Copper, the Yurt at Solitude, Alpino Vino at Telluride, Game Creek Bowl at Vail, and Couloir at Jackson Hole among many others.
Bold and Bodacious Adventures
For advanced and experts in great shape, try Ski Utah’s Interconnect Tour to ski resort and backcountry terrain between and through as many as six resorts in one day.
Hut trips in the backcountry of Colorado add the thrills of earning turns and the beauty of nature.
Cat skiing can be found at Whisper Ridge, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain in Utah and Monarch, Ski Cooper, and Copper in Colorado. This is the last year for Copper’s free snowcat access to its high alpine terrain on Tucker Mountain as Tucker gets a chairlift next season.
Alyeska and Revelstoke are among resorts where regular resort terrain is enhanced with heli and/or cat options for big mountain aficionados.
Try heli skiing at Whisper Ridge (70,000 acres) or in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest with Powderbird — or go international with their Greenland boat and heli adventures.
For a wild experience, take a bobsled ride with trained drivers at Utah’s Olympic Park or at Lake Placid for a 55-60 mph run (2-Gs on corners).