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Best Winter Escapes from Southern California

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It feels more like spring in Los Angeles these past few days than early January with temperatures reaching the mid-70’s providing plenty of sunshine and azure skies. But, if you are craving a winter wonderland below are a few classic spots that make for perfect, snowy escapes.

Yosemite National Park. Explore the world’s best park without the crowds and see the park in a blanket of white. Ski at Badger’s Pass; drink cups of hot chocolate by a roaring fire, and ice-skate at Curry Village where you can twirl around in the shadow of Half Dome.

Lake Tahoe. Often touted as the perfect year round vacation destination. Lake Tahoe boasts terrific weather and breathtaking scenery. Split directly down the middle by the California and Nevada border, Lake Tahoe boasts over 400 inches of annual snowfall, 18 world-class ski and snowboarding resorts, snowshoeing, shopping, backcountry skiing and wind down at the end of the day at any of the fantastic hotels and casinos.

Banff National Park and Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Yes, yes, this is in Canada, but Canada is the perfect snowy winter escape. Don’t miss out on skiing at Lake Louise because the views from the top of the mountain are spectacular, with four mountain faces which adds up to about 4,200 acres of skiable terrain. And, well, since you’re in Canada you might as well try the Cunuk favorite: Poutine which consists of French fries, cheese curds and gravy.

Vail, Colorado. Consistently ranked among the best resorts worldwide, Vail offers unparalleled winter activities. With 16 high-speed quads, three freestyle terrain parks, one gondola, and a number of small lifts, there are trails for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. From the peak elevation of 11,570 feet, guests are privy to outstanding mountain views.

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