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Six amazing winter escapes

Let it snow! The more the better, when it comes to these unforgettable getaways

Winter isn’t just a season for escaping to sun-kissed southern beaches. For those who prefer snow to sand, we’ve rounded up six spectacular destinations to check out in the coming months.

1. Fairbanks, Alaska

If viewing the northern lights (aurora borealis) is on your travel bucket list, head to Alaska – winter’s clear dark nights make for optimal viewing. Look for the lights with help from the Aurora Forecast or join a tour with aurora wake-up calls and viewing from toasty “auroriums.” Fairbanks boasts other outdoor pursuits, such as skiing, snowshoeing, dog mushing and ice fishing. In February and March, catch the Fairbanks Winter Carnival and Denali Winterfest.

2. Stratton, Vermont

Whether you’re new to snow sports or looking for a challenge, you’ll love New England’s fresh powder and family-friendly vibe. Stratton Mountain is a popular destination, with nearly 100 downhill trails on southern Vermont’s highest peak. Stratton’s Snow School gets beginners going in no time, and the resort also features cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, snowmobiling, tubing and dog sledding. Wrap up each day with stellar dining in Stratton Mountain Village.

3. Big Sky, Montana

For unbeatable snow days, head to Big Sky Resort, which offers four mountains connected by lifts. Intertwining trails let beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders enjoy the hills together. Big Sky also has eight terrain parks, plus snowshoeing, ziplining, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more. Accommodations include cabins, condos, homes and hotels, including ski-in, ski-out properties, and the resort village offers shopping, dining and spa services galore.

4. Whistler, British Columbia

The attractions of Whistler Blackcomb resort can be explained in numbers: two massive mountains, 200-plus runs, 11.5 metres of annual snowfall and 1,300 acres groomed nightly. This all adds up to limitless fun, for beginner and expert skiers and snowboarders alike. Below the mountains, you’ll find welcoming restaurants, a cinema and plenty of other creature comforts.

5. St. Lawrence Summits (Quebec City and Charlevoix), Quebec

Enjoy not one but three ski resorts on your vacation. The trio of Le Massif de Charlevoix, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham have fantastic snow conditions (20-plus feet of powder yearly) and beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River. Don’t miss the In the Heart of Winter promotion: from January 8 to February 18, get your third night and third day of skiing free when you book three nights.

6. Alta Badia, Italian Alps

Enjoy winter and a different culture with a journey to the northern Italian Alps. That’s where you’ll find the Dolomites mountain range and Alta Badia, a group of six charming villages. You can ski (downhill and cross-country), snowboard, hike, skate or go horseback riding to your heart’s content, then refuel with gourmet Italian dishes and South Tyrolean specialties and wines – salute!

If your travels take you outside of Canada this winter, Roam Like Home makes it easy to stay connected while you explore some of our planet’s best slopes. For more details, visit