“There are many winter destinations that offer a wide array of adventurous cold-weather activities and relaxing experiences while enjoying the glorious, panoramic views,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, the company behind Vacation, an online travel planning resource. “It’s a wonderful time to of year to revel in Mother Nature’s glory and enjoy some exploration and new experiences along the way.”
The travel experts from Vacation list these among their top 10 wintry travel favorites:
1. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada – Located 75 miles north of Vancouver are snow-capped peaks, slopes for novice, intermediate and skilled skiers, challenging hiking trails, and, of course, luxury resorts.
2. Lake Tahoe – The panoramic views are perfect while hiking or skiing across 2,000 acres of imposing snow-capped mountains that straddle California and Nevada.
3. Bergen, Norway – A funicular takes vacationers up to the tallest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains, with the option to ski or snowshoe down hiking trails to the city center.
4. Yosemite National Park – The highest peaks of the park’s mountains offer amazing tubing, snowboarding and skiing opportunities, and are surrounded by alpine vistas and towering waterfalls framed by giant sequoia trees.
5. Warren, Vermont – A favorite is sampling the region’s famous maple syrup before or after exploring the local wildlife or taking on one of the 150 expert-rated skiing and snowboarding trails.
6. Saariselka, Finland – Overnight accommodations include staying in a glass igloo or a hotel located within the world’s largest snow fort, after having spent the day on a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy forest.
7. Nagano, Japan – Surrounded by miles of mountains and plateaus, vacationers can sit in one of the world-renowned healing hot springs after a spectacular day of skiing.
8. Salzburg, Austria – The snow-covered forests and meadows provide the perfect backdrop for an excursion on a horse-drawn carriage. Or enjoy alpine skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing in the Alps, followed by a cup of mulled wine and a little wiener schnitzel.
9. Prague, Czech Republic – During winter, ice skating rinks literally pop up around Prague, in addition to the large rink at Na Frantisku near the Convent of St. Agnes. Vacation travel experts also recommend touring the 14th century City Hall and nearby medieval astronomical clock.
10. Val Thorens, France – Located at 7,500 feet above sea level, the world’s largest ski area contains more than 370 miles of ski-in, ski-out trails and panoramic views of six glaciers. In addition to freeride skiing and snowboarding, adventurous travelers can take the chilly plunge and go ice diving.
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