As fresh snow covers the mountains, you may start dreaming of hitting the slopes and experiencing the thrill of zipping down the mountainside on a pair of skis. If you’ve been dreaming of embarking on a ski vacation, then it’s time to start planning before season ends.

If you don’t know where to start, we put together a list of the top ski destinations to go to this year. If you’re hoping to have an affordable ski vacation, consider home exchanging to avoid expensive resort fees.

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Aspen, CO


Save money on your ski trip by not only home exchanging, but by visiting the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Ski Trail System, one of the largest free trail systems in the country. If skiing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of trails with places to skate or walk with your dog. However, if you can, don’t miss out on a chance to hit the slopes in one of the most famous U.S. skiing destinations and enjoy the beauty of Colorado’s nature in winter.

Hakuba Valley, Japan


Take a trip to Japan and visit this region in the Japanese Alps. With an abundance of ski resorts in this area to choose from, visitors won’t have trouble finding the perfect ski location. Between Jigatake Snow Resort, Tsugaike Mountain Resort, Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and more, you can hit different slopes every day of your trip to get the full Hakuba Valley experience. After a long day of skiing, don’t forget to stop by Matsumoto Castle and see the 16th century monument and Japan’s oldest still-standing castle.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire


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Travel to the East Coast of the United States and visit one of the region’s best ski destinations: the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Here, you’ll find a 100 kilometer trail network that takes skiers through the woods, beaver ponds, open fields, and other natural wonders. After a long day of skiing and sightseeing, make sure to fill up at The Grille to restore your energy!**

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Andermatt, Switzerland


The Swiss Alps is a classic ski destination, but it’s popular for a reason! Located in the heart of the Alps, Andermatt is home to the largest ski area in Central Switzerland, where tourists can enjoy winter hikes through beautiful snow-covered nature and zoom downhill on cross-country ski trails. You won’t regret the gorgeous views and once-in-a-lifetime ski experience.

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy


Known as the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” Madonna di Campiglio is a great location for those who want to leave civilization behind and enjoy the great (and chilly) outdoors, while not sacrificing elegance and sophistication. Its 52 ski lifts and 25 miles dedicated to Nordic skiing will ensure that guests can truly enjoy their ski trip. With glamorous boutiques and artisanal workshops, skiers are guaranteed to have fun both on and off the slopes.

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Whether you travel across the world to go skiing or hit the slopes someplace local, you’re going to have a great time. Remember to book your HomeExchange soon before the snow melts!