North America boasts some of the best skiing in the world. Most of the mountain ski resorts enjoy frequent snowfall during the winter and this, combined with efficient lifts and a lack of queues, is a strong reason why North America is the place to go skiing.
Here is a guide to some of the best ski resorts in North America.
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Aspen in Colorado is enduringly popular. The town is lovely all year round, but it comes to life during the winter months when the ski crowds arrive. There are four ski areas, all accessible from one lift. The town gondola takes you to Aspen Mountain and there are free shuttles to the other four main ski areas. The only disadvantage of Aspen is that it can be expensive, but if you want a more up-market ski vacation, this should be your top choice.
Whistler and Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler and Blackcomb are two linked mountain resorts in British Columbia, Canada. They are hugely popular, especially with transatlantic winter sports enthusiasts. Whistler is very beginner-friendly, with plenty of nursery slopes and learning areas. More experienced skiers won’t be disappointed either, as there are terrain parks and high open bowls. There are very few resorts in the same league as Whistler and Blackcomb. Accommodation is in plentiful supply, with Blackcomb Lodge located only a 2 minute walk to gondolas.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park in Colorado is not as busy as some of the more popular resorts, which makes it a smart choice for families, and during the week, you won’t have to queue up for lifts. This is one of the snowiest resorts in Colorado – it has around 8 meters of snow annually. The resort is great for kids and the childcare facilities for babies and toddlers are second to none. Older kids can have a go at ice skating and tubing. There is a dedicated beginner area right in the middle of Discovery Park. From here, you can progress to the longer runs.
Banff in Alberta, Canada, is fabulously scenic. Set 1,380m up in the Rocky Mountains, Banff is very popular with tourists in the summer months, but in winter, Banff attracts the skiing crowd. There are three slopes and Canada’s first heated chair lift can be found in Sunshine Village, which is a bonus if you are feeling chilled after your exploits on the black diamond runs. Lake Louise, 45-minutes from Banff, is best for intermediate skiers.
Mammoth Mountain, California
California probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind if you want to go skiing, but Mammoth Mountain offers 3,500 acres of different terrain, including a nice mix of easy slopes and alpine-style skiing. There is no main center, but you will find hotels, chalets, and other types of lodgings scattered all over the mountain. There are eight ski parks, right up to pro-standard, so it’s a great destination for a mixed ability family.
If you haven’t tried skiing before, make 2017/18 the year you hit the slopes for the first time.