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Top five ski cities

Boston is close to many ski areas.

Boston is close to many ski areas.

If you like city life, but you can't get yourself away from the slopes, there are plenty of places you could consider moving to throughout the country. Whether you want to be on the slopes for the entirety of the winter, or just visit resorts a couple times each year, there may be options available to you.

The capital of Massachusetts may be a great way to have access to all of the resorts New England has to offer. It is only a short trip from New Hampshire and a couple of hours from both Maine and Vermont. Beginners may love skiing in New England, as there are many smaller hills and mountains to get you acclimated to the slopes.

Many of the ski areas in the region can be made into day trips due to their proximity to the city, but there are also many lodges available for a weekend getaway. The ski season in New England can be a bit tricky, as it is sometimes very long, while other times, a bit short. However, if there's a lack of snow, many areas stay open by using packed powder trails.

If you want a more advanced skiing experience each winter, it may not be a bad idea to grab your moving boxes and head out west to Denver. The city is within a short drive of some of the biggest ski resorts and cities in the country, including Vail. This may be great if you are someone who likes to ski a lot, as you won't ever run out of options in this area. Colorado ski areas are some of the most popular in the country.

Salt Lake City
While not always as flashy as the Colorado ski resorts, Salt Lake City still has some of the best ski areas in the West. Some may suggest that these places are superior to the Denver area, as well. Alta and Solitude are just a couple of the great destinations for you to spend a few days hitting the slopes. What may make it even more convenient is that both destinations are less than one hour from the city.

While Alaska doesn't have the peaks of the west, or even many of the hills that cover the Northeast, there is a different kind of skiing in the state. Cross country skiing is a popular outdoor activity here, and if you've only tried the downhill aspect, this could be a welcome change from the norm. With Alaska's scenic features, you may be happy with your choice. While cross country skiing is a rigorous activity just like downhill, it offers more of an opportunity to take in the sights of the area around you. Another activity like this is snowshoeing, which can also be a fun thing to try.

Heading back east, there are still some great places that you can take advantage of when it comes to skiing destinations. Albany is just south of a number of ski resorts in the Adirondacks. The capital of New York is much smaller than New York City to its south, so if you want to spend your winters skiing and come back to a small city, this could be an ideal place for you. Many of these areas are geared toward families, which could make Albany an even better choice if you have children traveling with you.