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Ski Resort Hotspots

Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Located 300 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort sits at 8,000 feet elevation with peaks reaching upward of 12,000 in the Eastern Sierras. Accessible by air and road, Mammoth Mountain boasts a variety of summer and winter activities, unique restaurants and fantastic shopping. During the winter months, the mountain averages 33 feet of snow-perfect for snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing, tubing and snowmobiling.

Also available at Mammoth is the Village at Mammoth Mountain. A perfect place to relax after a day of skiing or snowboarding, the Village offers a wide variety of restaurants and shops. It it’s a hot spot you’re looking for on a cold night, the Village also offers plenty of options from a hip lounge to a relaxing game of pool. And of course, after all that skiing there are spa services to indulge in, a reward after a hard day’s fun. Lodging includes the Village Lodge, which Away.com rated one of the top 20 ski resorts, and The Westin Monache.

Top Picks for Mammoth Lodging
1. Village Lodge
2. Tamarack Lodge and Resort
3. Westin Monache
4. 1888 Mammoth (vacation rentals)
5. Mammoth Five Star Lodging (vacation rentals)

Top Picks for Mammoth Dining
1. Lakefront Restaurant at Tamarack
2. Yodler
3. Mountain Side Grill/Dry Creek Bar
4. Sushi Rei
5. White Bark Restaurant

Top Picks for Mammoth Nightlife
1. Hyde Lounge Mammoth
2. Lakanuki
3. Petra Wine Bar
4. Clocktower Cellar Pub
5. Auld Dubliner

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Big Bear, CA

enthusiasts can find great skiing, snowboarding and a laid back, playground Big Bear Mountain is home to Southern California’s two leading ski resorts. Located East of Los Angeles, they offer a wide variety of activities and fun. All four mountain peaks are above 8,000 feet with an average of 100 inches of snow a year. On Snow Summit, winter atmosphere that welcomes all ages and levels. The other resort, the All Mountain Terrain Freestyle Park or “The Park” as it’s also known, is the only ski resort in the U.S. that is almost entirely devoted to freestyle terrain for those of you who like snow tricks and jumps. If that’s not your style; snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill tubing and horseback riding are also available.

Big Bear offers several options for lodging, dining and relaxation that will satisfy all different appetites-for food and fun.

Top Picks for Big Bear Lodging
1. Sherwood Forest
2. Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast
3. Switzerland Haus Bed and Breakfast
4. Big Bear Vacation Cabins
5. Big Bear Luxury Properites

Top Picks for Big Bear Dining
1. Sweet Basil Bistro
2. Big Bear Mountain Brewery
3. Jasper’s Smokehouse and Steaks
4. Sonora Cantina
5. Old Country Inn

Top Picks for Mammoth Nightlife
1. Hyde Lounge Mammoth
2. Lakanuki
3. Petra Wine Bar
4. Clocktower Cellar Pub
5. Auld Dubliner

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Snow chains are recommended.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Widely known for being the home of the ongoing 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; Whistler ranks repeatedly as the number one mountain resort in North America. Set in the breathtaking Coast Mountains in British Columbia, the resort is home to two mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, with top elevations reaching over 7,000 feet and an average snowfall of 33.5 feet a year and 200 trails.

Offering a wide range of winter activities from heli-skiing to dog-sledding, this destination will provide everything you need for a trip of a lifetime. If you are a bigger fan of the lodge than the slopes, Whistler also has over 200 shops and 90 restaurants to explore.

Top Picks for Whistler Lodging
1. Westin Resort/Spa
2. Summit Lodge/Spa
3. Legends Whistler
4. Four Seasons Resort
5. Greystone Lodge

Top Picks for Whistler Dining
1. Crepe Montagne
2. Hy's Steakhouse
3. Players Chophouse and Lounge
4. Rim Rock Café and Oyster Bar
5. Bavaria Restaurant

Top Picks for Whistler Nightlife
1. Mix Lounge
2. The Savage Beagle
3. Tommy Africa's
4. Garfinkels
5. The Champagne Lounge

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Park City Mountain Resort, UT

Park City Mountain Resort is home to more than just world class skiing and Olympic history. Once at the resort, even those who live and breathe skiing or snowboarding will be tempted with the other activities like ski-jumping, dog-sledding or bobsledding. For those with less adventurous taste, tubing and sleigh rides are a fun way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Park City Mountain averages 360 inches a snow a year, has over 100 trails and enjoys a 10,000 foot summit that is sure to take one’s breath away.

If you are new to skiing, Park City offers personalized classes that are now limited to 5 per class. However, adjacent to the mountain is the historic Main Street and this resort is the only one who offers a direct lift to the boutiques and galleries that line it for those who prefer a retail workout.

Top Picks for Park City Mountain Lodging
1. Sky Lodge
2. Carriage House
3. Fox Point at Redstone
4. Marriott Summit Watch
5. Washington School Inn

Top Picks for Park City Mountain Dining
1. Legends Bar and Grill
2. Legacy Lodge
3. Bacchus Wine Bar
4. Riverhorse on Main
5. Shabu

Top Picks for Park City Mountain Nightlife
1. Star Bar
2. Spur
3. Harry O's
4. Mother Urban's
5. The Lounge

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Telluride, CO

Nestled in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, Telluride Mountain is one of the hottest spots for skiing/snowboarding in Colorado ski country. With 120 trails, over 300 inches of snow a year and a lift-served elevation of 12,500 feet; “The Mountain” has opened up 400 new acres in past three years. For days that the slopes aren’t what you are looking for, there are many different winter activities that allow you to enjoy what the Rockies have to offer. A quaint meeting of the historic and sophisticated, Telluride offers a variety of shops and restaurants that everyone will appreciate as well as two new hotels that Elite Traveler named in their top 101 suites in 2009.

Top Picks for Telluride Lodging
1. The Peaks Resort
2. Iumiere
3. Capella Telluride
4. Inn at Lost Creek
5. See Forever Cabins and Penthouses

Top Picks for Telluride Dining
1. Alpino Vino
2. Gorrono Ranch
3. Allred's Restaurant
4. La Marmotte
5. Blue Point Grill and Noir Bar

Top Picks for Telluride Nightlife
1. The Bubble Lounge
2. Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
3. O' Bannon's Irish Pub
4. New Sheridan Bar
5. The Last Dollar Saloon

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Aspen, CO

Aspen, Colorado is home to four mountains that offer spectacular ski/snowboarding options. Snowmass boasts the most vertical drop in the U.S. at an astounding 4,406 feet and offers 91 trails with a 12,000 foot summit. Buttermilk is home to the ESPN Winter X Games and was voted #1 by Transworld Snowboard Magazine for the best park and pipe and the #3 overall resort. Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands offer almost 200 trails collectively and summits reach over 11,000 feet. Aspen offers several different winter activities as well as Snowmass Village for all of your shopping, dining and nightlife desires.

Top Picks for Aspen Lodging
1. Stonebridge Inn
2. Tamarack Townhomes
3. Hotel Lenado
4. Inn at Aspen
5. The Little Nell

Top Picks for Aspen Dining
1. Montagna at Little Nell
2. Il Mulino New York
3. Kenichi
4. Social
5. Jimmys

Top Picks for Aspen Nightlife
1. 39 Degrees
2. Belly Up, Aspen
3. Regal Watering Hole
4. J-Bar
5. Club Chelsea

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