Who said that taking a winter vacation means escaping to a warmer climate? There are plenty of hot — er, cool — spots across the country that get hoppin’ when the temps cool down.

Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe View From The MountainStep up your game on one of the Olympic-grade ski or snowmobiling trails in this family-friendly Northern California oasis. There are also a wide variety of lodging options, including hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, and full-service resorts. In the mood to kick it up a notch at night? There are swanky restaurants and bars aplenty that will ensure a memorable evening.

Sun Valley, ID Ski Slopes at Sun Valley, ID

The name of this ski town might be a bit misleading, as it really shines the brightest during the winter months. Tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, and ‘boarding … it’s all here! When you’re sufficiently frigid, you can also warm up with a meal at a cozy eatery in the town center before catching a flick at the Opera House, which has been a fixture in Sun Valley since 1937.

Aspen, CO

Resort in Aspen, CO

For a classic winter getaway, Aspen’s definitely the place to be. Experience the famed Maroon Bells for yourself, and find out why they’re the most-photographed mountains in the country. For a view from above, try an aerial tour. There are plenty of ways to wind down after a day on the slopes, too; treat yourself at one of the full-service spas, visit an art gallery, or take in a performance from the nationally-renowned Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Park City, UT

Skiiers in Park City

It plays host to the Sundance Film Festival every year, but outdoorsy folks know that Park City has so much more to offer than top-notch films. In addition to ski and snowboard trails that cater to all experience levels, thrill-seeking vacationers can let off some steam on the alpine coaster, or embark on a tubing adventure. Restaurants and retail therapy also await on the city’s historic Main Street.

Stowe, VT

Winter Mountains in Stowe, VTDon’t forget about the East Coast! The Vermont town of Stowe boasts Mt. Mansfield, the tallest peak in the state. Plus, the white stuff often begins falling in November and can even extend its stay through April! While skiing takes center stage as the activity of choice for winter visitors, there are also some other unique options that snow lovers can choose from, like horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sled excursions, and guided mountain tours.