Mountain towns are full of people who are passionate about powder. From Idaho to Morocco, these destinations attract skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and all-around snow-lovers each year. And they might not be the typical ski destinations that everyone thinks of.
These bucket list ski towns are a little obscure, a little unique, and they all offer so much more than skiing, both on and off the slopes.
World-class ski spots that offer more than just slopes
Gather the snow gear and pack your bags. Here are 4 off-the-beaten-path mountain towns that you should have on your to-ski list.
1. Sandpoint, Idaho
Located smack dab in the middle of three towering mountain ranges, Sandpoint has long been the ‘best-kept secret’ ski destination of the Pacific Northwest. For first-rate slopes, ski nearby Schweitzer Mountain and for unique dining, drinking, and seasonal events, check out the surprisingly hip downtown area.
For a relaxing, romantic excursion, book a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Western Pleasure Ranch.
2. Myoko Kogen, Japan
With nine area mountain resorts, it’s no wonder why Myoko Kogen is one of the top skiing destinations in all of Asia.
Off the mountain, there is plenty of culture to experience in the surrounding towns, including outdoor onsens (traditional Japanese hot springs) and even a winter fire festival.
For some boozy R&R, visit the Myoko Sake Brewery for a tasting.
3. Oukaimeden, Morocco
It’s fair to say that when most people think of the enormous and diverse continent of Africa, skiing isn't the first activity that comes to mind. But the North African country of Morocco boasts high points with impressive resorts, namely Oukaimeden, a mountain town that peaks at around 10,000 feet.
Aside from bragging rights, a trip to Oukaimeden also means that you are just a short, 70 kilometer trip away from Marrakesh, one of the most historic cities in the entire world.
4. Taos, New Mexico
Nestled in the picturesque Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Taos Ski Valley offers a full-service ski resort with an abundance of challenging runs. The town of Taos is a true Southwestern gem, with world class restaurants, dining, and unique hotels aplenty.
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