Where to Go for the Best Winter Activities

Seeking a true winter wonderland this year? You'll find what you're looking for in Beaver Creek, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Virginia’s Omni Homestead Resort.

Winter is coming up, and while some folks may want to head to more tropical climates for their holiday retreats, others want to soak up all the season has to offer.

If you don’t mind bundling up for an adventure in the snow, these three spots are some of the best in the country for winter activities. Explore the wonderful world of cross-country skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, and hot springs.

Anyone seeking a true winter wonderland will find what they’re looking for in Beaver Creek, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Virginia’s Omni Homestead Resort.

Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek is an unincorporated community in Eagle County, CO. The resort there sits at an elevation of 8,080 feet in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. It operates on lands that are part of the National Forest System, so the nature and wildlife there are in pristine condition.

Beaver Creek offers all kinds of winter sports and activities for adults and children alike. You can take ski or snowboarding lessons from world-class teachers as you explore the gorgeous terrain of the Rocky Mountains.

Right now, season passes are on sale! An Epic Pass for an adult totals $819, down from $1,024. This pass grants unlimited access to several resorts across the country, not just Beaver Creek. You can even visit sister resorts in Canada and Japan for a limited time with this pass, and there are no blackout dates!

If you don’t need that much access, you can explore the other pass options. A one-day pass for an adult costs only $85.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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Residents of the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan know just how many winter activities you can enjoy up there. These include cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, and tubing. This is one of the best places in the country for a winter vacation, as the folks there know how to maximize the fun of the season better than most. After all, most of the cities there average over 100 inches of snow each year.

If you decide to visit the UP, you must try cross-country skiing! Cross-country skiers use their own movement to get across the snow. You’re not letting gravity take you down a mountain; instead, you’re traversing terrain the same way you would on a regular hike, except you must use skis to get through the snow. Thus, this activity requires a lot of physical exertion. But don’t let that deter you–it’s a ton of fun!

Michigan offers thousands of miles of cross-country skiing terrain. There are several places throughout the state where you can cross-country ski. For example, the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette is open all year long. The trail offers dog-friendly paths, as well as loops that cater to both amateur and advanced skiers.

In the city of Calumet, you’ll find the Swedetown Trails, which offer paths that light up at night. This makes it the perfect place for a romantic cross-country ski in the moonlight! If that sounds like something that’s up your alley, you’ll also fall in love with Mackinac Island, where they hold a lantern-lit cross-country skiing event every year. In January, February, and March, their trails glow with miles of twinkling lights.

Omni Homestead Resort

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If you’re feeling like indulging in something a little fancier, the Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia is the place to be for winter luxury. They offer classic skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and a tubing park. Even little kids can participate in the fun with the resort’s mini-snowmobiles. They’re the perfect size for children, and Omni makes sure to provide helmets!

The springs at the Homestead Resort have a steady rate of flow and temperature, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Amazingly, 1,700,000 gallons of water flow through the springs every day. The water is so clear, guests say you could read a book through them. Sound heavenly? Reserve your stay today! Just be advised that the hot springs are closed right now; the resort is working on their reopening. Once they are back up and running, they are the perfect place to go after a day of fun in the snow.

Even More Winter Delights

Winter fanatics will absolutely love these three spots. They are all perfect for winter recreation and relaxation in their own unique ways, so it’s up to you which one is best for your needs! If these don’t have everything you want, other gorgeous, snowy spots to check out include:

  • Nantucket, MA (Home of the famous Christmas Stroll)
  • Mammoth Mountain, CA (Where the trails are open as late as July)
  • Dunton, CO (They take glamping to a whole new level)
  • Silverton Mountain, CO (When you feel like taking a helicopter instead of a ski lift)

If you’re looking for a winter wonderland, these are the places to be!

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