You may have heard of Twiggy, the water skiing squirrel. He’s pretty cool and does a lot tricks on the water. But I prefer to grab my lift pass and swish down the snowy slopes. Read on to learn about offbeat skiing destinations that will make you wish for cold weather and snow.

Arizona Snowbowl – Flagstaff, Arizona

Don’t let the Arizonan desert fool you; head north to Flagstaff for a skiing adventure at the Arizona Snowbowl. Their terrain parks will test your freestyle skills. And new for 2016/17 is a 6-person high-speed chairlift. Arizona Snowbowl receives about 260 inches of snow. To guarantee a great winter season, they have a start-of-the-art snowmaking system that covers 50% of trails.

Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish is often overlooked because the popular resort of Whistler is only an hour away. This is too bad because the spectacular scenery, deep powder, and thrilling terrain of Squamish make it a great skiing destination. You’ll enjoy backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Garibaldi Provincial Park with its more than 195,000 ancient forests, gentle peaks, and hectares of glacier-capped mountains. After visiting Squamish, you may never go back to long lift lines and crowded resorts.

Cairngorm Resort – Cairngorm, Scotland

You’ll have a great time skiing in the Scottish Highlands. The Cairngorm resort features lifts and railway,
giving you easy access to the peaks. You could extend your ski vacation with a trip to Edinburgh since it’s a short journey to the cosmopolitan capital. Take advantage of the Christmas market and Hogmanay, fun New Year celebration. Scotland is a great destination to spend the holiday season.

Skiing: Chill Out with Offbeat Ski Trips

Whether you want a challenge or learn how to ski for the first time, travel to an offbeat destination for a different skiing experience. You’ll find fewer crowds, so you can easily hit the slopes and build your skills. Sound good? You bet it does!