It might feel like winter in Vegas as soon as the temperature dips below 50 degrees, but if you’re looking for a more substantial seasonal experience, consider a weekend getaway at one of these nearby wonderlands.
Bordered by the jagged cliffs of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole turns into a snow-covered wonderland come winter. The area’s premier ski spot, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is celebrating its 51st anniversary this year, but if you’d prefer a little distance from the festivities, consider bunking at the all-suite resort Amangani, a contemporary wellness retreat that also offers access to seasonal activities ranging from skiing and snowmobiling to snowshoeing and sleigh rides. 1535 N.E. Butte Road, Jackson, 307-734-7333
Distance from Vegas: As few as three hours by plane, with a stop in Salt Lake City.
Despite being Aspen’s younger sister—Vail Ski Resort was founded relatively recently, in 1962—this charming Eagle County town is home to the largest ski mountain in Colorado, as well as a Tyrolean-style central village brimming with gabled roofs and cobblestone pathways. Built to mimic an old-school ski chalet, the five-star Four Seasons Vail is an opulent gateway to the rest of the mountain, boasting a ski concierge, sustainable dining, and a top-ranked spa with multiple whirlpools and eucalyptus steam rooms. 1 Vail Road, Vail, 970-477-8600
Distance from Vegas: As few as five hours by plane, with a stop in Denver.
Known worldwide as the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics and the annual Sundance Film Festival, Park City is a tourist hot spot and extreme-sports mecca with two major ski resorts. Part of Deer Valley Resort, the craftsman-style Montage Deer Valley is home to the largest spa in Utah, five on-site restaurants, and even a canine ambassador, Monty the Bernese mountain dog, who greets guests as they arrive. 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, 435-604-1300
Distance from Vegas: An hour and a half by plane to Salt Lake City, followed by a 45-minute drive to Park City.
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe lays claim to the honor of being the largest alpine (read: high-altitude) lake in North America, but the area’s ski resorts are also nothing to scoff at. Located in the village of Northstar, the ski-in/ski-out locale is the centerpiece of a slope-side nirvana complete with a 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink, fire pits, boutiques, and other après-ski hot spots. 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct., Truckee, 530-562-3000
Distance from Vegas: An hour and a half by plane to Reno, followed by a 50-minute drive to Lake Tahoe.
With more than 130 years of documented history, Aspen may very well be considered the grand-daddy of all Western ski towns, and its associated clientele—which runs the gamut from film and TV stars to billionaire tech moguls—continues to boost its reputation as one of the country’s ultimate winter playgrounds. Just minutes away in nearby Snowmass, the Viceroy hotel provides direct access to four major mountains and ultra-chic interior spaces designed by Kelly Wearstler. 130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, 970-923-8000
Distance from Vegas: As few as three and a half hours by plane, with a stop in Denver.