Winter wonderland adventures don't have to be all about swooshing down steep, powdery slopes on skis. Snowbiking, zip lining and snowmobiling are also very entertaining endeavors, and ski towns have fully realized that.
Many destinations are renowned for scenic gondola rides, trails that lead to breathtakingly beautiful views and mountain-top adventures, bobsledding that can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, and vibrant après ski scenes.
Bundle up and head out into the snow for thrilling ice climbing, dog sledding, winter wildlife safaris, or snowshoeing, and then relax in a hot tub before going out for a delicious family dinner at a small, local restaurant where everything is homemade.
Some of the ski towns are an underrated adventure destination unlike any other place in the country, located in a high desert valley, retaining its native culture, thriving art scene and connection to the great outdoors. You may not have even heard of a certain town deep in the White Mountain National Forest, but you can go on an exciting zip line ride over the frozen Pemigewasset River.
Whatever the appeal, one thing holds true for each of the destinations on the list: They all offer a unique vacation experience far beyond the slopes.