VOYAGERS
SKIING AMERICA  
Verifiable ski buff Abigail Stern, founder of Matek—the buzzy new label of cool, technical long underwear—shares her must-see U.S. ski destinations.

VOYAGERS
SKIING AMERICA  
Verifiable ski buff Abigail Stern, founder of Matek—the buzzy new label of cool, technical long underwear—shares her must-see U.S. ski destinations.


VOYAGERS
SKIING AMERICA  
Verifiable ski buff Abigail Stern, founder of Matek—the buzzy new label of cool, technical long underwear—shares her top U.S. ski destinations.


VOYAGERS
SKIING AMERICA  
Verifiable ski buff Abigail Stern, founder of Matek—the buzzy new label of cool, technical long underwear—shares her top U.S. ski destinations.

Abigail Stern, founder of Matek

Abigail Stern, founder of Matek

Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or prefer to spend your days in the spa, there’s no escaping the fact that long underwear is an essential part of snowy getaways. Enter: Matek. Recognizing the need for modern base layers, Abigail Stern founded her label of insulating technical performance intimates in December 2018. Sleek, sustainably-produced, and with velcro openings (easy access for the bathroom), they’re a far cry from your average hand-me-downs. And they’ve proven so popular that women are wearing them off the slopes, too. (Model Lindsey Wixson has recently been sporting hers with jeans in New York.) A veritable ski buff herself, Abigail grew up skiing, studied at the University of Colorado Boulder, and still makes regular trips to the mountains. Here, she shares her favorite ski spots in America.

Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or prefer to spend your days in the spa, there’s no escaping the fact that long underwear is an essential part of snowy getaways. Enter: Matek. Recognizing the need for modern base layers, Abigail Stern founded her label of insulating technical performance intimates in December 2018. Sleek, sustainably-produced, and with velcro openings (easy access for the bathroom), they’re a far cry from your average hand-me-downs. And they’ve proven so popular that women are wearing them off the slopes, too. (Model Lindsey Wixson has recently been sporting hers with jeans in New York.) A veritable ski buff herself, Abigail grew up skiing, studied at the University of Colorado Boulder, and still makes regular trips to the mountains. Here, she shares her favorite ski spots in America.

JACKSON HOLE
Luxe and photogenic—think: Aspen, minus the shopping (and the scene).

JACKSON HOLE
Luxe and photogenic—think: Aspen, minus the shopping (and the scene).

Wyoming’s Jackson Hole ranks high among the luxury ski resorts in America. The setting is stunning—a mix of old-world charm, down-home Western, and picture-perfect mountainscapes. To hit the slopes, a 20-minute drive from Jackson Hole will take you to Teton Village, which resides at the foot of the mountain and is equally picturesque. But don’t let the fairytale backdrop fool you; in Jackson Hole, skiers and snowboarders mean business: it’s been said that a blue run here is equivalent to a black diamond anywhere else.

WHERE TO STAY
For all-out luxury, book the Amangani. It’s beautifully designed and fit for après enthusiasts, with a heated infinity pool overlooking an epic view of the Rocky Mountains. The one caveat? It’s not on the mountain. If that’s a deal-breaker, Caldera House is the place to stay. Located in Teton Village at the base of the mountain, the boutique hotel has only eight suites, each with its own fireplace and unique interiors. Think: Noguchi lamps, George Nakashima tables, Apparatus lighting—plus a jacuzzi and spacious patio if you nab one of the larger suites.

WHERE TO EAT
Be sure to go for breakfast at Corbet’s Cabin: it’s famous for its waffles. For fine dining par excellence, head on over to The Couloir at the Rendezvous Lodge. It’s rather exclusive, and accessible only by gondola. Don’t miss The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar—a Jackson Hole staple and iconic landmark. The bar’s bronco rider is the town’s unofficial logo that dates back to 1937. It looks straight out of the Wild West, with saddles in lieu of bar stools, taxidermied animals on the walls, and live music. You haven’t truly visited Jackson Hole until you’ve popped in to this establishment.

INSIDER TIP
Yellowstone National Park offers full-day guided snowmobile tours that are a welcome respite from the mountain’s rough terrain. See if you can convince your tour guide to take you to the Granite Hot Springs Pool for some further R&R. Don’t forget your swimsuit.

Wyoming’s Jackson Hole ranks high among the luxury ski resorts in America. The setting is stunning—a mix of old-world charm, down-home Western, and picture-perfect mountainscapes. To hit the slopes, a 20-minute drive from Jackson Hole will take you to Teton Village, which resides at the foot of the mountain and is equally picturesque. But don’t let the fairytale backdrop fool you; in Jackson Hole, skiers and snowboarders mean business: it’s been said that a blue run here is equivalent to a black diamond anywhere else.

WHERE TO STAY
For all-out luxury, book the Amangani. It’s beautifully designed and fit for après enthusiasts, with a heated infinity pool overlooking an epic view of the Rocky Mountains. The one caveat? It’s not on the mountain. If that’s a deal-breaker, Caldera House is the place to stay. Located in Teton Village at the base of the mountain, the boutique hotel has only eight suites, each with its own fireplace and unique interiors. Think: Noguchi lamps, George Nakashima tables, Apparatus lighting—plus a jacuzzi and spacious patio if you nab one of the larger suites.

WHERE TO EAT
Be sure to go for breakfast at Corbet’s Cabin: it’s famous for its waffles. For fine dining par excellence, head on over to The Couloir at the Rendezvous Lodge. It’s rather exclusive, and accessible only by gondola. Don’t miss The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar—a Jackson Hole staple and iconic landmark. The bar’s bronco rider is the town’s unofficial logo that dates back to 1937. It looks straight out of the Wild West, with saddles in lieu of bar stools, taxidermied animals on the walls, and live music. You haven’t truly visited Jackson Hole until you’ve popped in to this establishment.

INSIDER TIP
Yellowstone National Park offers full-day guided snowmobile tours that are a welcome respite from the mountain’s rough terrain. See if you can convince your tour guide to take you to the Granite Hot Springs Pool for some further R&R. Don’t forget your swimsuit.

TELLURIDE
American chocolate-box charm from a former mining town. 

TELLURIDE
American chocolate-box charm from a former mining town. 

Welcome to the American ski town of your dreams. Having resisted big chains and mainstream trends, the rugged small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is unique (and the closest America will ever come to the magic of the Alps). But this isn’t a mountain town in which to see and be seen. The vibe is laidback and luxuriously cozy, like a Ralph Lauren spread—which feels apt, given that he has a ranch here.
 

WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for something family-oriented, less crowded, and in close proximity to Lift 4 (the main artery of the ski resort), I recommend Fairmont Heritage Place up in the mountain village. A 20-minute gondola gets you into the heart of town. Just be sure to make it back before midnight (or 2am on weekends); otherwise, you’ll be riding the Galloping Goose shuttle with an inebriated crowd. If you prefer staying in town, go for the New Sheridan Hotel—it’s been there forever and has a stellar steak house.
 
WHERE TO EAT
There—“There” is the actual name of the restaurant—is my personal favorite. Their cocktails are out of this world: ask for the Unicorn Blood and tell them Abigail and Tanner sent you. Fill up on the steamed buns and wagyu until they close (their staff is super fun and tend to blast music as the night goes on).
 
On the mountain itself, Alpino Vino offers a great lunch with an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re skiing in France. Go at night and they’ll transport you in a giant snowcat. Gorrono Ranch is another option on the mountain (just take lift 4), where you can sit outside and enjoy chili, bbq, and great live music. Be sure to book your reservations well in advance—they fill up fast, especially during high season.

WHAT ELSE?
Explore Telluride’s rich mining history on a snowmobile tour. Going in February? You’re just in time for the Sheridan Opera House’s comedy festival. A final note: Telluride is beautiful in the summer, with great hikes and fun festivals including the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and the quirky Mushroom Festival.

Welcome to the American ski town of your dreams. Having resisted big chains and mainstream trends, the rugged small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is unique (and the closest America will ever come to the magic of the Alps). But this isn’t a mountain town in which to see and be seen. The vibe is laidback and luxuriously cozy, like a Ralph Lauren spread—which feels apt, given that he has a ranch here.
 

WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for something family-oriented, less crowded, and in close proximity to Lift 4 (the main artery of the ski resort), I recommend Fairmont Heritage Place up in the mountain village. A 20-minute gondola gets you into the heart of town. Just be sure to make it back before midnight (or 2am on weekends); otherwise, you’ll be riding the Galloping Goose shuttle with an inebriated crowd. If you prefer staying in town, go for the New Sheridan Hotel—it’s been there forever and has a stellar steak house.
 
WHERE TO EAT
There—“There” is the actual name of the restaurant—is my personal favorite. Their cocktails are out of this world: ask for the Unicorn Blood and tell them Abigail and Tanner sent you. Fill up on the steamed buns and wagyu until they close (their staff is super fun and tend to blast music as the night goes on).
 
On the mountain itself, Alpino Vino offers a great lunch with an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re skiing in France. Go at night and they’ll transport you in a giant snowcat. Gorrono Ranch is another option on the mountain (just take lift 4), where you can sit outside and enjoy chili, bbq, and great live music. Be sure to book your reservations well in advance—they fill up fast, especially during high season.

WHAT ELSE?
Explore Telluride’s rich mining history on a snowmobile tour. Going in February? You’re just in time for the Sheridan Opera House’s comedy festival. A final note: Telluride is beautiful in the summer, with great hikes and fun festivals including the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and the quirky Mushroom Festival.

DEER VALLEY
A ski haven packed with heritage. Note: it's one of the few places that still prohibits snowboarding.

DEER VALLEY
A ski haven packed with heritage. Note: it's one of the few places that still prohibits snowboarding.

What sets Deer Valley apart is its history—largely due to its late director of skiing, Stein Eriksen (more on that later). His heritage remains alive and well today. Situated in the Wasatch Range in Park City, Utah, it’s filled with high-end luxury restaurants and hotels, yet escapes the trappings of pretension. Parents: in Deer Valley, you can trust that your kids are in good hands—its ski school trumps all others in the country (plus, the slopes are always impeccably groomed).
 
WHERE TO STAY
Stein Eriksen is a classic, not to mention a ski-in ski-out. If you don’t know who Stein was, Google him. Lauded as “the father of freestyle skiing,” he was a gold medal Olympian and a first-ever triple gold winner at the 1954 World Championships. Fun fact: back in the day, the hotel’s store would style a mannequin every day to coordinate with Eriksen’s outfit so you could spot him on the mountain. There’s also Goldener Hirsch which is right on the mountain and has an Austrian vibe.
 
WHERE TO EAT
Stein Eriksen has a great outdoor lunch spot. Order the iced tea (it comes with ice cubes made out of iced tea). Or pop into the restaurant at Goldener Hirsch for après-ski fondue.
 
WHAT TO DO
Park City Town has a bunch of shops but, most importantly, dog sledding. Don’t write it off—it makes for a fun day off from the slopes.

What sets Deer Valley apart is its history—largely due to its late director of skiing, Stein Eriksen (more on that later). His heritage remains alive and well today. Situated in the Wasatch Range in Park City, Utah, it’s filled with high-end luxury restaurants and hotels, yet escapes the trappings of pretension. Parents: in Deer Valley, you can trust that your kids are in good hands—its ski school trumps all others in the country (plus, the slopes are always impeccably groomed).
 
WHERE TO STAY
Stein Eriksen is a classic, not to mention a ski-in ski-out. If you don’t know who Stein was, Google him. Lauded as “the father of freestyle skiing,” he was a gold medal Olympian and a first-ever triple gold winner at the 1954 World Championships. Fun fact: back in the day, the hotel’s store would style a mannequin every day to coordinate with Eriksen’s outfit so you could spot him on the mountain. There’s also Goldener Hirsch which is right on the mountain and has an Austrian vibe.
 
WHERE TO EAT
Stein Eriksen has a great outdoor lunch spot. Order the iced tea (it comes with ice cubes made out of iced tea). Or pop into the restaurant at Goldener Hirsch for après-ski fondue.
 
WHAT TO DO
Park City Town has a bunch of shops but, most importantly, dog sledding. Don’t write it off—it makes for a fun day off from the slopes.

OKEMO
A snowy (and quite cold!) paradise within five hours of New York City.

OKEMO
A snowy (and quite cold!) paradise within five hours of New York City.

While it’s true that East Coast skiing leaves (ahem) something to be desired, it’s pretty magical to be able to escape to the mountains for a full weekend without having to take any PTO. Located in Vermont, Okemo bills itself as a “family mountain,” so expect no shortage of kids. On the weekends, visitors come largely from New York and Connecticut but during the week you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t a local or part of the tight-knit competitive ski and snowboard community.

A NOTE ON THE SKIING…
For first-timers, the lower parts of the mountain are great for learning and the ski and snowboard schools are top notch. Park rats will be pleased: Okemo has one of the best on the East Coast. Their superpipe has a tope tow and it’s bred Olympic Medalists like Hannah Teter and Danny Kass, both of whom attended Okemo Mountain School. Expert skiers will enjoy exploring Okemo’s unmarked tree runs. Just be warned: these are not official trails.

WHERE TO STAY
Jackson Gore is as fancy as things get. It’s located on the newest part of the mountain and home to a luxury hotel complete with a spa and gym. A good alternative are ski-in, ski-out Airbnbs—a fun option if you want to bunk up, cook, and be cozy.
 
WHERE TO EAT
For the quintessential Vermont après experience, Tom’s Loft Tavern is your spot. Eliza Greene and Justi Hyjek’s Homestyle Hostel is the place to be (they’re two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and bona fide Okemo locals). For fine dining, The Downtown Grocery is incredible (and was founded by locals as well). Be sure to make all reservations in advance.
 
INSIDER TIP
The Northstar Express quad is the main lift on the mountain. But it’s also the most crowded. If you want good runs and don’t care for long lines, use Timberline and the Green Ridge Triple Chair. Be sure to go there on a powder day. And remember your hand warmers: Vermont is notoriously chilly. 

While it’s true that East Coast skiing leaves (ahem) something to be desired, it’s pretty magical to be able to escape to the mountains for a full weekend without having to take any PTO. Located in Vermont, Okemo bills itself as a “family mountain,” so expect no shortage of kids. On the weekends, visitors come largely from New York and Connecticut but during the week you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t a local or part of the tight-knit competitive ski and snowboard community.

A NOTE ON THE SKIING…
For first-timers, the lower parts of the mountain are great for learning and the ski and snowboard schools are top notch. Park rats will be pleased: Okemo has one of the best on the East Coast. Their superpipe has a tope tow and it’s bred Olympic Medalists like Hannah Teter and Danny Kass, both of whom attended Okemo Mountain School. Expert skiers will enjoy exploring Okemo’s unmarked tree runs. Just be warned: these are not official trails.

WHERE TO STAY
Jackson Gore is as fancy as things get. It’s located on the newest part of the mountain and home to a luxury hotel complete with a spa and gym. A good alternative are ski-in, ski-out Airbnbs—a fun option if you want to bunk up, cook, and be cozy.
 
WHERE TO EAT
For the quintessential Vermont après experience, Tom’s Loft Tavern is your spot. Eliza Greene and Justi Hyjek’s Homestyle Hostel is the place to be (they’re two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and bona fide Okemo locals). For fine dining, The Downtown Grocery is incredible (and was founded by locals as well). Be sure to make all reservations in advance.
 
INSIDER TIP
The Northstar Express quad is the main lift on the mountain. But it’s also the most crowded. If you want good runs and don’t care for long lines, use Timberline and the Green Ridge Triple Chair. Be sure to go there on a powder day. And remember your hand warmers: Vermont is notoriously chilly. 

TAOS
Beloved local spot for artsy types and nature lovers. Best for intermediate-expert skiers.

TAOS
Beloved local spot for artsy types and nature lovers. Best for intermediate-expert skiers.

This is the most gorgeous place I have ever skied. And not just the mountain—the colors on the drive there are like nothing you’ve ever seen in your life. (I actually stopped to take a photo of the gorgeous colors of the dirt, and ended up lab-dipping it for this year’s new Matek color.) The scene is very local-heavy, full of interesting characters, and there’s a strong artist and environmentalist community.

WHERE TO STAY
The Blake Hotel—definitely the most luxe hotel in Taos—is new and right at the base of the mountain. For something a little cooler and different, stay in the airstreams at Hotel Luna Mystica, a 30-minute drive from the mountain.

WHERE TO EAT
Anyone traveling with a significant other must make a reservation at The Love Apple for dinner. It’s candlelit and has delicious food and wine.
 
WHAT ELSE?
The local art galleries are always worth checking out. The must-see, however, are the “earthships,” a self-sustainable community of spaceship-looking houses. For an experience unlike anything else, stay the night. 

This is the most gorgeous place I have ever skied. And not just the mountain—the colors on the drive there are like nothing you’ve ever seen in your life. (I actually stopped to take a photo of the gorgeous colors of the dirt, and ended up lab-dipping it for this year’s new Matek color.) The scene is very local-heavy, full of interesting characters, and there’s a strong artist and environmentalist community.

WHERE TO STAY
The Blake Hotel—definitely the most luxe hotel in Taos—is new and right at the base of the mountain. For something a little cooler and different, stay in the airstreams at Hotel Luna Mystica, a 30-minute drive from the mountain.

WHERE TO EAT
Anyone traveling with a significant other must make a reservation at The Love Apple for dinner. It’s candlelit and has delicious food and wine.
 
WHAT ELSE?
The local art galleries are always worth checking out. The must-see, however, are the “earthships,” a self-sustainable community of spaceship-looking houses. For an experience unlike anything else, stay the night. 

MAMMOTH
For the low-maintenance powder-hound who relishes an early bedtime. 

MAMMOTH
For the low-maintenance powder-hound who relishes an early bedtime. 

Put simply: you go to Mammoth for the slopes, and not much else. You won’t find much of an après or nightlife scene here, but you will find lots of families, couples, and fluffy snow fit for skiers of every level. Don’t forget your SPF. 

WHERE TO STAY
Forget hotels. Rent one of the condominiums in Canyon Lodge or a house near Juniper Springs Resort.
 
WHERE TO EAT
The Latin Market right behind Rite Aid is my favorite spot to eat in all of Mammoth—and one only the locals know about. It’s my version of après-ski: great tacos, quesadillas, and chilaquiles.
 
INSIDER TIP
Ski experts, this one’s for you: on the main side of the mountain resides a little hike that takes you to Hemlock Ridge—that’s usually where you can find the best snow.

Put simply: you go to Mammoth for the slopes, and not much else. You won’t find much of an après or nightlife scene here, but you will find lots of families, couples, and fluffy snow fit for skiers of every level. Don’t forget your SPF. 

WHERE TO STAY
Forget hotels. Rent one of the condominiums in Canyon Lodge or a house near Juniper Springs Resort.
 
WHERE TO EAT
The Latin Market right behind Rite Aid is my favorite spot to eat in all of Mammoth—and one only the locals know about. It’s my version of après-ski: great tacos, quesadillas, and chilaquiles.
 
INSIDER TIP
Ski experts, this one’s for you: on the main side of the mountain resides a little hike that takes you to Hemlock Ridge—that’s usually where you can find the best snow.

SHOP MORE: The Ski Shop

SHOP MORE: The Ski Shop