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As winter approaches, we wanted to find the best places to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in North America. More specifically, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite ski hotels and resorts, ski towns, on-mountain restaurants, places to enjoy an apres-ski treat and go cross-country skiing. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Après-Ski Bar: Double Diamonds Bar in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Double Diamonds Bar is known for mixing some of the most affordable aprés-ski drinks in town — Photo courtesy of Double Diamonds Bar
A true late night party spot in Steamboat Springs, Double Diamonds Bar is known for mixing some of the least expensive après-ski drinks in town. Brats and sandwiches satisfy hunger, and there’s a dance floor – perfect for late night antics – just across the street from the mountain base shuttle stop.
Best Cross-Country Ski Resort: Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado
Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers cross-country skiing options for all levels — Photo courtesy of Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Nearly 120 km of groomed trails at the base of Colorado’s Continental Divide make Devil’s Thumb Ranch a favorite for skate or classic cross-country skiing. Beginners can sign up for private or group lessons, while more advanced skiers can push themselves in advanced technique clinics.
Best On-Mountain Restaurant: The Bavarian Restaurant in Taos, New Mexico
The views are as good as the food at The Bavarian Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley
The European-inspired Bavarian Lodge at Taos Ski Valley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has everything you’d want from a German biergarten, including lederhosen-clad staff, beer steins, a sundeck and a menu of hearty Bavarian fare. Its location at the base of Kachina Peak means the views are as good as the food.
Best Ski Hotel: Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village, Colorado
This ski hotel is as eco-friendly as it is luxurious — Photo courtesy of Viceroy Snowmass
The Viceroy Snowmass, situated near downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, offers ski-in, ski-out luxury lodging with amenities like a heated pool, spa pools, three on-site restaurants, full-service spa, fitness center and free shared transportation to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.
In-room offerings like pillow-top mattresses, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs set the scene for a perfect winter vacation.
Best Ski Resort: Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park Resort offers 3,081 acres of terrain — Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort
The 3,081 acres of terrain at Winter Park is divided into seven distinct territories – glade skiing in Eagle Wind Territory, bowls in Parsenn Bowl, jumps and jibs in Terrain Park Territory, steeps and deeps in Cirque, the bumps of Mary Jane, black diamonds of Winter Park and the powder stashes of Vasquez Ridge.
Skiers and riders have 166 named trails to choose from, accessed by 25 lifts.
Best Ski Town: Red River, New Mexico
Red River is great for skiers of all ages and skill levels — Photo courtesy of Town of Red River
Red River invites you to visit the “Ski Town of the Southwest” and take a skiing vacation in this community located in the Southern Rockies just north of Taos, New Mexico. Their ski schools offer learning experiences for everyone, and the ski area promises minimal lift lines and fresh powder that lasts days after a storm.
With an average annual snowfall of over 200 inches, over 50 trails for all skill levels and Saturday night torchlight parades and fireworks, Red River offers the perfect getaway for skiers of all ages and expertise.
Congratulations to all our winners! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in our Readers’ Choice contests.