Where to travel in the US this winter

In the past, winter was about cozying up on the couch, throwing on Netflix, and flaking on your friends because it’s “too cold.” Well, we’ve had enough lazing lately. Winter 2022 is about getting your blood pumping however you can, whether it be taking your very first ski trip, doing a solo polar plunge, or simply going for a brisk winter hike

For all you skiers out there, we’ve got you covered. We’re showing you key exercises you should do before hitting the slopes, and the unexpected thrills of uphill skiing, among others. If your crew is into skiing but you aren’t, we also have a guide on how to have fun on a ski trip if you don’t ski, and the most fun resorts for non-skiers. And we haven’t forgotten the boarders, either — we’re also laying out the best ski resorts for snowboarders according to the pros.

If you’re skipping the slopes this year, that’s fine too. You’ll have more time to explore the country’s most beautiful frozen lakes, check out some relaxing wellness resorts, or brave the elements on a winter camping trip.

Safety continues to be paramount this winter, but that shouldn’t keep you from responsibly exploring the great wintry outdoors.

Get ready to hit the slopes

Small independent ski areas are the place to ski this year

5 mistakes everyone makes on their first ski trip

8 vital snowboarding tips for beginners

9 ski prep exercises you should be doing right now

How to actually have fun on a ski trip if you don’t ski

Uphill skiing is booming at winter resorts, and yes, these people are nuts

Actionable ways you can reduce your ski trip’s carbon footprint

How to safeguard your ski trip in the era of climate change

Avalanche risks are growing for inbound skiers. Here’s how to stay safe.

Pick the best ski destination for you

The best ski resorts in North America for beginners

The best ski towns in North America for people who don’t ski

The 3 most epic ski towns in the Great Lakes that rival the best of the West

Big Sky is the final frontier for big-mountain resort skiing

The best ski resorts for snowboarders, according to pro shredders

The best ski and spa resorts in North America

A local’s guide to a ski vacation in Jackson Hole

Park City, Utah, is the best ski vacation for non-skiers

The best backcountry ski lines in Rocky Mountain National Park

Aspen Snowmass raises the bar on ski resort sustainability. Who will follow?

Ski resorts across North America are finally opening up their backcountry

How to crush Highland Bowl, Colorado’s most challenging in-bounds ski hike

Get cozy: Matador's Selection of Places to Stay in the Winter

The 7 coziest yurts to rent on Airbnb in the US this winter

The best Airbnbs near North America’s hottest spring ski destinations

7 gorgeous Airbnbs in the Smoky Mountains for a cozy getaway

7 remote mountain cabins near NY to escape to this winter

10 best beach towns in the US to explore during the off-season

The most relaxing wellness resorts in the US to escape to this winter

These wintry backcountry lodges prove that wilderness can be luxurious

Try a new winter sport

7 water sports you can still do when the temperature drops below freezing

The 10 weirdest winter sports you never knew existed

What the heck is fat biking?

6 freezing destinations where people actually go ice swimming

The best ski trails in US national parks

Nordic skiing is this winter’s perfect sport, and here’s where to start

The best 4×4 camper vans for your winter #vanlife escape

Crashed Ice is the most insane winter sport you’ve never heard of

The best places to fat bike over the snow this winter

Embrace the snowy wilderness

The best national parks to visit this winter

These US hikes are actually better in cold weather

The 7 most beautiful lakes to visit in winter

The 10 best parks in the US for spectacular winter stargazing

The most beautiful frozen waterscapes in the US to witness this winter

Winter camping is cold, but it’s also fun and rewarding

Snowshoeing is easier, more available, and more fun than you thought

These furry and feathered animals are actually easier to spot in winter

The 9 best places to go snowshoeing in North America

Head east

The most epic places to go snowshoeing in New York this winter

The 9 most epic winter experiences to have in the Midwest

Jacksonville is the winter beach vacation you didn’t know you needed

The 5 best outdoor activities for winter in Chicago

Why Asheville is the best getaway you can take this winter

Winter is your new favorite season in Sarasota County, FL

The 5 best winter getaways from New York City

The best of the West

The most beautiful deserts in the US to visit in winter for rocks, cactuses, and snow

Why you need to visit Idaho this winter

North Lake Tahoe is awesome in winter — even if you don’t ski

The best places to go whale watching in California this winter

Family ski trip to Mammoth Lakes: Everything you need to know

The steep, staggering hikes you need to do in Palm Springs this winter

6 stunning places to snowshoe and cross-country ski in Washington

The best cold-weather hiking in New Mexico

The 6 best secret hot springs the West has to offer

How to do an incredible backcountry hut trip through Colorado

The ultimate winter guide to West Yellowstone, MT

How to hack winter in Aspen on a budget

Snowmobiling Yellowstone Country Montana: Everything you need to know

Venture to the Last Frontier

To see the real Alaska, you need to brave the rugged winter

Here’s when you can see the northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

How to road trip from Anchorage to Denali, even in winter

Dog sledding is Alaska’s national sport, and you can try it in Denali

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