Top Ten Winter RV Destinations

Top Ten Winter RV Destinations

Posted by Claudia Haddix on 9th Aug 2016

These ten RVing destinations are not for the Snowbirds or RVers that want to be in the warmer climates, these destinations are for your Winter Wonderland RVers. Winter Camping is not for the faint of heart and it requires planning, if your rig is not a four seasons rig then you will have to make sure it is fully winterized, in essence most of the time you will be dry camping unless you can find campgrounds or parks that are open.  Some Parks will have electric but no water. 

1. Spokane, Washington

Spokane is located near five ski mountains, lakes and forests, this makes it a prime spot for winter recreation. One of the larger ski resorts, 49 Degrees North, has a 1,850-foot vertical drop and five chairlifts. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, just 28 miles from downtown, features five double chairlifts, a terrain park and snow tubing area. Ice skaters love downtown Spokane's Riverfront Park Ice Palace operated by the city's parks department. Many snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails wind through wooded areas in and around Spokane, and there are many companies that offer rentals and guided tours. As well as tons of winter activities, Spokane also boasts many historical and cultural attractions when you want to warm up. Average Snowfall: 48 inches Winter Temps: 20 to 37 degrees RV Park: Alderwood RV Express  

2. Whistler, Canada 

This is the only destination that I will put outside of the U.S, but it has to be on the top ten and you can get there in an RV.  It may not be the easiest trek, but it will be worth it. With several mountainous ski resorts, you can do every winter sport here imaginable. Whistler caters to the extreme sportsman, you can even get dropped out of a helicopter to ski some of the most treacherous slopes. The skiing and snowboarding is world class as is evident by the fact that they were the hosts of the Winter Olympics in 2010.  You also need to visit the "Village" while you are there for hot nightlife and good eats.  Whistler has become known also for their exclusive mountain spas where you can get pampered after a day of extreme winter sports. Average Snowfall: 39 inches (Wow) Winter Temps: -2 to 27 degrees RV Park:Whistler RV Park and Campground

3. Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge offers world-class skiing, tons of winter sports and instead of gloomy gray winter days, this town in Colorado is known for their average 300 days of sunshine.  In the early 1800s miners flocked to Breckenridge to find their fortune in Gold.  A vibrant night life was established in the town and has kept its reputation throughout the years for fine shopping and fine dining as well. Breckenridge is Colorado's largest historic district so after you hit the slopes in the morning you can bone up on your history and maybe pan for some gold if the creeks are flowing. The temps here are a bit milder than in other winter sports town with the average snowfall being much less also, but the snow comes down on a very consistent basis.  Average Snowfall: 10 inches Winter Temps: 19 to 50 degrees RV Park: Tiger Run Resort

4. Park City, Utah

You know when a city is the home of the United States Ski Team that there is going to be great skiing in the region and this is just one thing that Park City can boast.  It was also the home to several 2002 Winter Olympic events such as skiing, snowboarding, bobsled, skeleton and the luge. The city has two major ski areas and even though they have a shorter "ski season" and receive less snow than their counterparts in Salt Lake City, Utah their skiing is easier to access. Not only do they have awesome snow recreation Park City turns into a fabulous playground for the stars once a year when the Sundance Film Festival rolls into town once a year. Average Snowfall: 34 inches Winter Temps: 0 to 30 degrees RV Park: River Edge at Deer Park

5.Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon is one of the best kept secrets in the US for winter sports and its pristine beauty.  It is the most populated city in Central Oregon.  Sunny days, cold nights and a low humidity characterize the weather which is perfect for catching the slopes in the morning and then head to an art gallery or spoil yourself at one of their many spas.  Not only is the hiking, skiing, mountain biking and snowshoeing world class, the town has a very cosmopolitan feel to it.  If you are a lover of beer, this is your town, Bend has bee named "Beer Town USA", while there you can check out their famous Bend Ale Trail.   Average Snowfall: 22.5 inches Average Temperature: 28 to 51 degrees RV Park: Bend/Sisters Garden RV

6.Truckee, California

Truckee, California has often been recognized as the coldest spot in the Nation, which is surprising for being in California! The coldest temps are not during the winter though as you might expect, they occur from June through early October. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it is 200 miles northeast of San Fransisco, 100 east of Sacramento, 40 miles west of Reno, Nevada and 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe.  This being said, you could travel here for a week in the winter and do about anything you wanted on a few side trips. Winter sports one day and then hang out on a beach in San Fransisco, or try your luck at the Casinos in Reno. Truckee has become the hipper and little bit cheaper version of Lake Tahoe where a lot of the rich and famous hangout to get their winter recreation in.  There is lots of shopping in the area and a vast array of cool eateries. Truckee is a hidden gem in the California Landscape. Average Snowfall: 17.16 inches Average Temperature: 17-42 degrees RV Park: Truckee River RV Park

7. Stowe, Vermont

In one of Americas most picturesque states, Vermont hides a quaint colonial town called Stowe where winter recreation is abundant. Vermonts highest peak is here and there are double black diamond runs and bunny hills for the beginners.  This quaint town offers ice-skating, snow-shoeing, snow boarding as well as skiing.  Like most ski towns on the list there are shops and restaurants and spas but it does boast Solstice, which is known as one of Americas most romantic restaurants. So pack your RV, grab your honey and head off to Stowe for a romantic winter holiday. Average Snowfall: 20 inches Average Temperature: 2- 25 RV Park: Gold Brook Campground

8. Boyne Falls, Michigan

Boyne Falls is a very small town that is includes the highest peaks in Michigan.  In the winter is when this sleepy village comes alive, it is home to one of the biggest ski resorts in the US. Boyne Mountain Resort is the best skiing in the Midwest with tons of mountains perfect for all winter sports.  One thing that Michigan is also known for is their snowmobiling. You can take a snowmobile tour of the area or rent one and try your luck, as you are out and about in the area you are going to see them everywhere if conditions are right.  Shopping is not going to be what it is in California but there are places you can peruse to pick up some goodies.  The lodges in the area have some fine-dining restaurants and your lighter fare as well.  Boyne Falls will be slightly lighter on your pocket book than some of the other ski towns listed.  The unfortunate part of Boyne Falls is you will more than likely have to boondock, in my research I could not find any year around campgrounds, I did however find a park that is in nearby Petosky where you can park and get electric hook up as is with a lot of parks in the Midwest.  You are free to park, there is no water and bath houses open. Average Snowfall: 10 inches Average Temperature: 0-17 RV Park: Young State Park

9. Snowshoe, West Virginia

Snowshoe is nestled in the Alleghany Mountains at a bowl shaped convergence of two high mountain ranges, it is the second highest peak in West Virginia.  If you are not from around the area or not a big skier than you may not have ever heard of Snowshoe, it does boast over 480,000 skiers a year. Some professional skiers will do their training in this little known gem of a town.  Almost the entirety of the winter sports are comprised in the Snowshoe Resort which is home to over 1400 condos and a host of hotel lodges that are all under the resort umbrella.  Prices here are a lot less steep than some of your other well known resorts.  The main shopping and commercial areas will be found in the Snowshoe Village where you can shop and eat and be Merry to your hearts content.  For overnighting in your RV in the winter you may want to stay at the close by Canaan Valley State Park, the grades up the mountain to this park are a lot less steep and their is a convenient shuttle that runs through the park to take you over to the resort and the village. If you want to deviate from the skiing you can go tubing or check out the geysers and the indoor/outdoor swimming areas. Average Snowfall: 12 inches Average Temperature: 3-21 RV Park: Canaan Valley State Park

10. Jackson Hole, Wyoming 

Jackson Hole

Interestingly enough Jackson Hole is one of the towns that as busy as it is in the winter, it is busier in the summer months. Jackson Hole is the main gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks-both of which offer guided tours to see the winter sights and also the fair weather sights. Jackson Hole is known for its three local ski areas. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort and Snow King Resort which offer some of the best skiing in the area.  Jackson Hole also makes available other activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, wildlife safaris, and more. Average snowfall: 22 inches Average Temperature:0-28 RV Park: The Virginian Lodge

I hope that you are planning on seeing some snow, or participating in some winter sports this year this list of Top Ten Winter Destinations helps.  Make your reservations soon!