The Seven Best Snow-Covered Adventures

Winter sunset in Yosemite National Park
Winter sunset in Yosemite National Park  (Larry Brownstein/Photodisc/Getty)
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We’ve made our thoroughly opinionated picks, but—as with most things—it really all comes down to personal taste. So check out the other winter-centric packages culled together at our partner site Adventure Finder!

For some, winter means bundling up by the fire/heater/hot chocolate and waiting it out till the spring. For others, it’s a call to action. If you fall into the latter category, and can’t wait to go skiing, riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or ice climbing, these trips are for you.

Ski at Lone Mountain Ranch
Choose from cross-country skiing across the 29-year-old Lone Mountain Ranch property or braving the downhill slopes of Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts. Or just toss on a pair of snowshoes and stomp out into the great white beyond. Whichever you prefer, the night ends in the friendly ambiance of one of the country’s best wilderness retreats.

Snowshoeing in Yosemite National Park
Join Call of the Wild—one of the best women-specific adventure-travel outfitters—for a weekend snowshoe hike through the country’s premiere national park. Watch for animals, wander past half-frozen waterfalls, and of course enjoy the best in lodging, food, and friends.

Take a Ski Cruise in Alaska’s Prince William Sound
Alaska Alpine Adventures has teamed with Discovery Voyages, Alaska's finest wilderness cruise operator, for an amazing backcountry skiing experience in the Chugach Mountains. This trip is all about backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in Prince William Sound aboard a private base camp—which just happens to be one of the most exclusive motor yachts in Alaska.

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding in Utah
Head deep in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains with Alaska Mountain Guides for a day-long adventure that provides deep powder, untouched lines, and the right measure of snow safety.

Create a Custom Ski Trip in Italy’s Dolomites
Live out your wildest ski-centric dreams in Italy’s famed Dolomite Mountains with Italiaoutdoors, a boutique outfitter that will help you craft an exclusive itinerary. From skiing or riding in the backcountry and at Italy’s world-class resorts to backcountry snowshoeing, this winter world only gets better when you factor in Italy’s justifiably famous food and wine.

Step into Antarctica, the White Continent
Spend ten days with Quark Expeditions deep inside the snow-covered, otherworldly realm of Antarctica. You get it all, from penguin rookeries and glacier hikes to leopard seals and giant icebergs.

Escape into Winter at the Bar W Guest Ranch
This quiet stretch of Montana gets even more silent during the winter months—provided you discount the screams of joy echoing down the mountain from all the skiers. And the three-day winter package at Bar W Guest Ranch makes the perfect base camp to dig deep into your own personal skiing, snowboarding, Nordic, or snowshoeing adventure.

Published: 21 Nov 2012 | Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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