Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! So much of the country is a winter wonderland right now, and we’re ready to make snow angels and hit the slopes! 2023 has brought in epic winter storms, and the conditions are just right for fresh powder and endless fun on the mountain! Here we round out 6 awesome winter Vanlife destinations for this season!
Lake Tahoe, California
One of our favorite spots of all time – whether you go in the winter or summer! Lake Tahoe is the ultimate destination for Vanlifers craving the thrill of winter sports. The stunning natural beauty of the lake will take your breath away with its crystal-clear waters and snow-capped peaks. You’ll feel like you’re in a real-life postcard! The area is home to some of the best ski resorts in the country, with runs for every level of skier or snowboarder. Whether you’re an Olympic champion or just starting out on the Bunny Hill, it’s the perfect place for winter adventurers of all ages.
When you’re done shredding the mountain, there’s nothing better than putting your feet up in your cozy van and taking in the snowy views with a hot chocolate made in your fully-equipped van kitchen! Crank up your off-grid heating system. Pull out a book from your van’s ample storage area. Stay toasty all night long! The area is filled with wild campgrounds and welcoming lodges – have time to yourself in nature or meet new friends by the fireplace of a lodge after a hearty meal and local craft brews.
A true gem and easily accessible, the pristine wilderness of Mammoth is the perfect backdrop for a winter Vanlife adventure. The resort boasts over 3,500 skiable acres and a vertical drop of over 3,100 feet, making it one of North America’s most challenging ski areas.
The area also offers plenty of options for snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and even snowshoeing. Enjoy wide-open spaces in this idyllic winter wonderland with classic California lodges to warm up in afterward!
Thinking of heading a little more north? Great choice! Bend is the perfect place to indulge in your winter sports cravings, and the town of Bend itself is vibrant and welcoming, filled with quirky shops, friendly locals, and amazing dining. There’s a thriving Vanlife community here, too, as Bend often hosts Vanlife Gatherings throughout the year.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
This Canadian gem is a winter sports lover’s dream come true and one of the most famous ski areas in the world, for good reason! With its world-renowned ski slopes, snowboarding runs, and cross-country trails, the best of the best come here to experience their favorite winter sports.
Whistler truly has something for everyone, from hardcore adrenaline junkies to families planning a snow trip with the kids. Besides the snowy paradise, Whistler is also a foodie’s paradise! It boasts many dining options to ensure you end your snow day with a full belly and a happy heart. It’s worth the trip and truly an iconic destination!
The Colorado Rockies
Ah, Colorado, where the mountains meet the Vanlife movement in beautiful harmony. Colorado is a winter sports paradise, with world-class skiing and snowboarding at destinations like Vail and Breckenridge. The Vanlife scene in Colorado is also on another level. A perfect place to make new friends as you explore in your van!
Imagine waking up in your cozy B-Van, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. You brew a cup of coffee on your van stove and step outside to bask in the fresh mountain air. This is living! There’s even more to explore off the mountain, from ghost towns to heavenly hot springs. There’s a wealth of adventuring to be enjoyed here, and because of that, it’s our favorite destination on this list!
Big Sky, Montana
Imagine snowy winding roads guiding you through majestic mountains and pristine forests. The awe-inspiring views will leave you speechless. Big Sky Resort offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state of Montana. You won’t find a more rugged and breathtaking place to embrace the Vanlife and winter sports lifestyle. Big Sky has some fantastic spas and dining to unwind and pamper yourself after a long day of shredding on the mountain.
Where will you be playing in the snow with your van this season? Tag us on Instagram and let us know where you end up – maybe we’ll make you a hot chocolate on the road!