Top 25 Winter Trips: United States

Find the best skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping trips in the U.S.

Snowshoe/XC Ski

Greeter Falls, Savage Gulf Natural Area, TN Skirt 800-foot-high bluffs, then descend to an icy, two-tiered, 65-foot high falls on this 5.6-mile point-to-point.

» Algonquin Peak, Adirondack Park, NY Pack an ice axe, and head 4.1 miles (one-way) from Adriondak Loj to views of Lake Placid from the 5,114-foot summit.; Trip ID 428631*

» Dewey Point, Yosemite The 7.2 easy miles from Badger Pass Visitor Center offer views of snow-tufted Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and El Capitan.; Trip ID 51745


Southeast Flank, Humboldt Peak, CO In spring, skin and scramble to the 14,064-foot summit, and descend 5,000 feet through a steep gully and forested slopes.

» Northwest Couloir, Pfeifferhorn, UT Bootpack 4.5 miles up this 11,326-foot Wasatch Range peak, then shoot down a 50-degree descent to a 50-foot rappel over an ice cliff.

» Big Jay, VT Find fresh, thigh-deep powder on 3,800-foot Big Jay’s east face— under the rope at Jay Peak Ski Resort.


Outpost Camp, Mt. Whitney, CA Situated in a wide meadow below granite-hemmed Mirror Lake, this snow-quieted camp sits 3.8 miles from Whitney Portal.

» Roaring Plains, Monongahela NF, WV Park in Laneville for this 12.5-mile snowshoe circuit on the South Prong Trail to a trailless ridge with views of Seneca Rocks.

» Oak Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, MN Thick ice along the coast of Lake Superior allows only-in-winter access to offshore arches and promontories.