Fresh Powder: Five Awesome Ski Destinations To Hit This Season
As the winter approaches, skiers begin to plan their trips to the slopes. The United States is blessed with many enjoyable and challenging ski resorts from which to choose. These five are usually ranked among the favorites for their skiing opportunities and amenities.
Jackson Hole Mountain, Wyoming
Often ranked number one by American ski aficionados, Jackson Hole can be relied on to give skiers the ultimate skiing experience. With its variety of skill levels, Jackson Hole can get crowded. The addition of a new chairlift, Marmot, helps to keep crowds seeking to avoid the steeper slopes of Thunder moving. Jackson Hole is believed to have the best terrain, best back-country, and the best continuous fall line in North America. Plus, you may even get the chance to rub elbow with one of the many celebrities who own vacation homes in the area.
Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado
Vail encompasses a huge area for skiers to enjoy. The 5,289 acres provide a broad range of terrains for all skill levels. As a result, Vail sees big crowds that the resorts are constantly learning to accommodate in better ways. Its sister resort, Beaver Creek, just 20 minutes away, shares lift tickets with Vail so you can save on costs. It features moguls that present new challenges for willing skiers.
Telluride has a charm and beauty that makes it a particular favorite among skiers. The towns are nestled in the mountains, giving the area an Alpine feel. The gondola runs up and down the mountains throughout the day and into the night, providing easy access to shops, restaurants, and bars in town. The slopes continue to be improved which makes Telluride one of the most interesting ski areas in the West.
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, California
Squaw Valley was the site of the 1960 Olympics, and its charms still remain after all these years. Some of the most challenging courses can be found here, and expert skiers from around the world come to try their hand at the variety of terrains. Squaw Valley also has some of the best lifts in the country.
Just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City, skiers can find these twin resorts on the Little Cottonwood Canyon. If you’re pinched for time for your ski vacation, consider the advantages of Alta/Snowbird for your trip. The two resorts share a boundary and lift tickets, so you can enjoy both. The area has dependable snowfall, with 600 inches each year on average. Snowbird’s tram makes it a pleasure to get to the top of the run and its Cliff Lodge, designed by Paul Rudolph, makes it one of the best ski vacations available.
With great resorts like these available, skiers can make the most of their season with a variety of experiences. Choose the one that’s right for you and get ready for an incredible ski season!
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