There’s nothing quite like experiencing a serene environment with little foot traffic and noise pollution to take away from the natural surroundings, especially during the winter season. A great way to embrace everything nature has to offer is by skiing on a secluded resort with nearly no one else around, allowing you to enjoy the terrain and landscapes without distraction. Without long lines before ski lifts, peaceful rides down the slopes, and truly scenic backdrops, the following resorts are some of the best for skiers looking to get away from it all.

Sugar Bowl Resort, CA

With the most annual snow received out of any resort in Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Resort boasts an average of 500 inches per year throughout its four mountain peaks and scenic slopes winding around them. Rarely does this resort see crowds exceeding more than a few hundred. It also has an open boundary policy, allowing guests to ski down any slope or terrain they can find.

Sugar Bowl is located just a few hours from San Francisco, so families in the area can travel for just a day, or a long weekend.

Big Sky Resort, MT

The resort is as breathtaking as the name suggests. Big Sky’s vastness presents an enormous blue sky scraped by four huge mountains, all with ski lifts taking guests to their respective peaks. Crowds are nonexistent here thanks to the sheer size of the resort, and because of its location, it receives a great amount of snowfall from the Northern Rockies.

Even more impressive, guests here can partake in several winter activities, like dog sledding, ice climbing, sleigh rides, and guided tours. Its convenient location sits just outside the nearest airport, allowing you to avoid the hassle of long commute.

SilverStar Mountain Resort, BC, Canada

With a colorful winter village creating a warm ambience, SilverStar Mountain Resort feels like a town in itself. Located in Okanagan Valley, this British Columbian ski spot draws surprisingly small crowds despite its visual appeal. It is also well known for the quality of snow that falls here. The light, dry flakes that touch ground make for perfect skiing conditions.

 
The slopes and terrain found here vary based on one’s experience. There are hundreds of runs ranging from beginner to expert level, making it ideal for families, couples, or solo skiers. Yet, again, SilverStar somehow remains a hidden gem in the mountains of Western Canada. This is  yet another resort that offers more than just skiing, with a tubing park perfect for kids, snowshoe trails, and even “fat biking” courses.