Winter vacations don’t get nearly as much attention as summers do, which is hardly fair since the United States has some of the best ski resorts in the world! Put away the bikinis and beach towels and pack up your wool and boots for a great, snowy vacation.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah

Located near Salt Lake City, this resort is a great option for newbie or inexperienced skiers with their Mountain School. The Learner’s Permit is a package for first time skiers or riders that includes a 2.5 hour lesson, a lift ticket, and rentals. These are offered every day from November through April. Stay at the toasty warm Cliff Lodge that’s surrounded by the snow-blanketed mountains and is a convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodation. It’s within walking distance to the pedestrian village, and has an on-site ski rental and repair shop. After a grueling day on the slopes, head to the Cliff Spa for one of thirty spa treatments and a rooftop hot tub.

Revelstoke, British Columbia

The resort has offered the most vertical skiing in North America with a whopping 5620 feet of lift-accessed slopes. The Sutton Place Hotel is a contemporary lodge that embraces its mountainous surroundings with comfortable lodging with accents of wood, leather, and granite. If you want to play in the snow, but aren’t quite up to skis yet, there are plenty of snow-based activities to enjoy. The Turtle Creek Tube Park is a fun way to get the entire family outside. Do you want to plan something magical for your special someone? Go on a dog sledding excursion! You’ll be pulled over hills, around corners, and through glistening forests by a team of robust, healthy dogs.

Vail Marriot Resort, Colorado

Vail is littered with some of the best ski spots in the state and the Vail Marriot Mountain Resort in Lionshead Village is one of the best resorts in Colorado. Breckenridge snowboard rentals will make packing easier. There are also Breckenridge ski rentals for the older adults so you can all just worry about bringing snow gear. You’re going to be starving at the end of every day, and there are great dining options right in the resort. First Chair will load you up every morning with a giant breakfast buffet. Avalanche Pub is a great choice for some pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and sippable cocktails by the fireside. Take your full bellies to your well-appointed rooms with roaring fireplaces, plush beds, and roomy bathrooms.

A great vacation doesn’t have to take place on the beach. Snowy mountains can create just as many wonderful memories as a rolling ocean. Indulge your love of winter at one of many luxurious and lavish ski resorts across the country.

"Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan."