Skiing is a heavily car-dependent winter activity. But in the spirit of healthy living and driving less, carpool-friendly or shuttle-bus-traveled trips with friends and family to ski resorts is just what urbanites sometimes need. The more you walk, the more in shape you’ll be when your feet are strapped to skis or snowboards careening down the slopes, right?
Ski resorts vary by snow quality, skiable acres, price, après ski life and lift lines. Ski towns also vary by walkability. A concentrated core of boutiques, restaurants and other amenities become lively pedestrian-friendly zones for dining, shopping, entertainment and group gatherings.
The Walk Score in the heart of these 10 ski towns make them winter walker wonderlands. All the better if you stay at a hotel, condo, vacation rental or bed and breakfast near their walkable core.
1. Telluride, Colorado
(Walk Score in heart of Telluride = 100)
2. Whistler, British Columbia
(Walk Score in heart of Whistler = 100)
3. Sun Valley’s Ketchum, Idaho
(Walk Score in heart of Ketchum = 89)
4. Vail, Colorado
(Walk Score in heart of Vail = 85)
5. Aspen, Colorado
(Walk Score in heart of Aspen = 85)
6. Mammoth Lakes, California
(Walk Score in heart of Mammoth Lakes = 85)
7. Banff, Alberta
(Walk Score in heart of Banff = 83)
8. Crested Butte, Colorado (a late entry to the list, but a highly walkable ski town)
(Walk Score in heart of Crested Butte = 83)
9. Whitefish, Montana
(Walk Score in heart of Whitefish = 80)
10. Park City, Utah
(Walk Score in heart of Park City = 78)
What is your favorite shop, restaurant or place to play (aside from the slopes) at these 10 ski resorts (or a ski town not listed)? Share photos via Walk Score’s site or iPhone app.
Note: Crested Butte, Colorado was a late entry to this list, and a very highly walkable ski town like the others on the list.
Photos: Telluride Ski Resort and Mitch Winton