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12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure

01.15.18

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  • Rocky canyon walls along the New World Gulch Trail.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Early on the New World Gulch Trail.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Skiing down a mellow descent from Pioneer Yurt with Old Hyndman and Cobb Peaks in the background.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Pioneer Yurt with the majestic Hyndman Peak in the background.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Skiing down one of the many aesthetic bowls from Galena Summit.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Skinning above Idaho's highest road near Sun Valley.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Many fat bikers like the more technical aspects of the Round Valley Trails Cove Trailhead.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Looking northeast toward the heart of the Round Valley Trails complex.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • The White Pine Nordic center has a prime location.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Looking back at Park City Mountain Ski Resort, the largest in the U.S.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Gazing west over the Hudson River Valley from the Mount Beacon Fire Tower.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Snowshoes at the summit of Mount Beacon.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • The Bear Mountain Inn.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • First sight of Perkins Tower.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Looking down the ski trail on South Doublehead.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Steep sections on the ski trail down South Doublehead.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Carter Dome summit.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Crossing the frozen Wallface Ponds. MacNaughton Mountain is in the background.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Summit of Table Top Mountain.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Celebrating at the summit of Stowe Pinnacle.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • The Stowe Pinnacle hike is marked with blue blazes.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • The bootpack from Smuggs is just long enough to keep the crowds at bay.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • A classic open chute.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Mountains in the distance along the Icicle River Trails, Leavenworth.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Sledding down under the lights in Front Street Park, Leavenworth.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Wenatchee River and Cascade Mountains from the Golf Course Trails.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Clear signage throughout the Ski Hill Trails.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • The back (east end) courtyard with large fire pits at Bend's McMenamin's Old St. Francis School Brew Pub and Hotel.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • A view of Mount Bachelor to the south from Cinder Cone.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Vista Butte.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Paul Ridge and the Red Heather Hut.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Paul Ridge.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Sunset at Brew Hut.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Brew Hut.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
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  • Martis Lookout overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Northstar slopes.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Peter Grubb Ski Hut.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Skiing through the winter wonderland to Sagehen Summit.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
  • Mount Judah's summit (8,234 ft) looking east to Truckee.- 12 North American Mountain Towns Perfect for Winter Adventure
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As far as destinations go, there’s no better place to visit in the winter than a mountain town. Snow-dusted pine trees, twinkling shop lights, and cheerful après stops are just a few of the picturesque sights to discover in a mountain town, but the real joy to be found in a mountain town is out in the surrounding natural landscape.

Whether you are a sledder, snowshoe enthusiast, cross-country or skate skier, or a backcountry thrill seeker, there’s plenty of winter fun to be had in the mountains. This season, consider breaking out of your regular weekend plans for a quick trip into the hills at one of these incredible destinations:

1. Tahoe, California

Actually comprised of a string of mountain communities scattered around the lake and surrounding mountain passes, it’s hard not to love the Tahoe area. Tahoe City, Truckee, Homewood, Incline Village, Stateline, South Lake Tahoe, and Meyers are all great destinations. Top adventures include:

2. Squamish, British Columbia

The Canadian outdoor haven is known for its rock climbing and mountain biking in the summer, but the skiing, snowshoeing and winter play here is all top notch, as well.

3. Bend, Oregon

Nestled at the base of Mount Bachelor in the southern Cascades, Bend has great beer and even better mountain activities.

4. Leavenworth, Washington

Don’t be dissuaded by the town’s somewhat kitschy (but also kind of lovable) Bavarian theme--this Central Washington mountain town is a perfect playground for hardcore mountain lovers.

5. Stowe, Vermont

If Northeast winters are more your forte, this quintessential Vermont town has all the making of a great winter getaway.

6. Lake Placid, New York

Take a deep breath of fresh alpine air in this upstate New York escape, where your more typical snow adventures are complemented by things like ice fishing and ski jumping.

7. North Conway, New Hampshire

From tubing to skiing, this Washington Valley destination is one of the country’s earliest winter retreats… and for good reason.

8. Bethel, Maine

When you aren’t shredding the slopes or skiing snowy trails, the charm of Bethel itself will hold you captive.

9. Park City, Utah

This craggy Wasatch town is known for its southwestern style and lovely storefronts, as well as for the epic mountains that surround it.

10. Ouray, Colorado

If you are looking for a winter mountain destination that doesn’t get the traffic that downhill slopes bring to town but offers all the scenery, consider this Colorado gem set in the midst of phenomenal backcountry opportunities.

11. Sun Valley, Idaho

This Sawtooth mountain town is nothing short of magical with it’s ice sculptures, natural hot springs, and snowy adventures.

12. Bozeman, Montana

From world-class distilleries, farm to fork restaurants, and the big sky this rocky mountain state is known for, there’s nothing in Bozeman that is lacking.

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