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5 U.S. Ski Resorts Great for a Guys’ Trip 

Plan a reunion with your friends to hit the slopes and do all the stuff you can’t do at home

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A ski trip for the fellas can include fun bonding activities on and off the slopes.​
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Ski season lasts five to seven months — as long as or longer than other professional sports seasons — so there’s ample opportunity from November to May to make your plans.

Part of what distinguishes a ski trip for the fellas are the reunion-esque qualities that make the mountains and surrounding towns great getaways to escape and bond over outdoor activities you may not be able to do at home.

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These resorts offer snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and premier downhill skiing, among other thrilling options. Après-ski activities such as whiskey tastings, steak dinners and table games help make these destinations ideal for a guys’ trip.

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Taos Ski Valley offers a mix of beginner and advanced runs for skiers of all skill levels.
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Taos Ski Valley

Taos, New Mexico

There’s something to be said for a town that receives more than 300 days of sunshine a year. You’re almost guaranteed robin’s egg-blue skies when you hit the slopes. After your beginner friends hone their skills on green runs Bambi and White Feather, you can take them down screamers Two Bucks and Billy Sol. Make sure to save a day to do Big Al’s snowmobile tour to ride up to 11,500 feet in elevation and take in panoramic views of the landscape. Then finish your day at the Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery where you can sip small-batch, craft vodka made with pure mountain water from New Mexico.

Stay: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley is a 115-room lodge with an on-staff hausmeister who will attend to your requests, such as bringing another bottle of vodka to the room. 

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A view of skiers enjoying the scenery on Copper Mountain in Colorado.
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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain, Colorado

Let’s face it: As good as you are — and as much as you love to ski — you’ll never be in the Olympics. But you can pretend for an afternoon at Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. ski team’s official training center. When you’re done shredding the long, groomed Bouncer, test your skills at the National Standard Race (NASTAR) course. NASTAR is the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world, and it will adjust your time depending on factors including your age and expertise (similar to a golfer’s handicap), so you can challenge the pros. Hungry? The on-site Forage & Feast restaurant serves venison leg steak and Rocky Mountain trout.

Stay: Passage Point Lodge in the Copper Mountain Center Village is a short walk to the American Eagle lift. Best part: three large hot tubs to help soothe muscles after a long day on the slopes. 

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​Skiers can grab a bite to eat and something to drink inside the Main Lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.
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Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Reno, Nevada

The base elevation is 8,260 feet, so this resort is for the group who loves to be in thin air. With the highest base elevation in Tahoe, Mount Rose offers a hefty amount of snow (350 inches per year) and fresh powder even in the spring. There’s slope-side parking on both sides of the mountain. When you’re done skiing, you can drive 25 minutes to Reno and bet on table games in the “Biggest Little City in the World.” To enjoy the great outdoors while staying warm, try the heated deck at Alibi Ale Works’ Incline Public House. The menu features 18 house-brewed draft beers and artisanal pizza.

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Stay: If your crew likes to gamble, the upscale Peppermill Resort Spa Casino has an 82,000-square-foot casino with a wide variety of table games and slot machines.

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Skiers can choose from multiple runs and lifts at Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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Snowbowl

Flagstaff, Arizona

Conventionally, you plan your guys’ golf trip to Arizona and your ski trip to somewhere else. But the beauty of skiing in northern Arizona is that you can ski the 55 runs along eight lifts one day, then drive the Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Arizona, just outside Phoenix, the next.

Stay: L’Auberge de Sedona is in red rock country about 44 miles from Flagstaff (where you’ll ski) and about 104 miles from Phoenix (where you’ll golf). That way, when you’re laboring over what to do on the last day of your trip, the guys can split up, some to get in another round and the other half can make more turns. Before you go, try breakfast at the resort restaurant Cress on Oak Creek for the smoked salmon benedict.

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Park City Mountain

Park City, Utah

Park City allows you to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and be on the slopes less than an hour after touchdown, as Park City Mountain is about a 45-minute ride from the airport. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain caters to skiers of all levels. When you’re done, head over to High West Distillery for a tour and whiskey tasting with one of its experts (reservations recommended). Then cap off the evening with a juicy dinner at Grub Steak, a Park City institution since 1976.

Stay: Since you’ll be full from your steak, the Lodge at the Mountain Village has ski-in/ski-out access: You won’t have to schlep your gear anywhere.

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