If you’re thinking about booking a skiing trip this winter but are bored of your usual trips to Austria and Switzerland, how about giving North America a go? There are lots of places to try out, and you could even book some internal flights and give more than one a try to make the trip over the Atlantic even more worthwhile. Top of our list of American and Canadian ski resorts is the (1) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, where you can stay at the handy Hotel Terra and feast on organic Wyoming beef at the Spur Restaurant and Bar after a ‘hard’ day on the slopes. This is probably one for the skiing experts, however, and it has a pretty macho feel. There’s lots of steep terrain, although the slopes aren’t really all that high. Next up is (2) Alta in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is a great venue for powder purists who like the idea of a great community vibe. Snowboarders aren’t allowed, either, which has got to be a bonus for some.
If you’re a thrill-seeking expert on the slopes, you’ve got to give (3) Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia a go. After all, this is home to the biggest slope – 1,700m vertical – in the whole of North America, not to mention plenty of trees and a high bowl. Probably the best choice for intermediates, however, is the new and improved (4) Park City in Utah, with its cruisy blue runs, along with lots of easy blacks. There are some nice gladed tree runs too, in what is now the biggest ski area in America. A great alternative is the aptly named (5) Heavenly resort in California/Nevada, which has an excellent mix of long cruises benefiting from stunning lake views and lots of well-spaced trees for some powdery fun. But if big is always best for you, another option is (6) Colorado’s Vail, which is another one of North America’s largest ski areas and is big on long cruises, ungroomed runs and pisted glades.
If you’re a beginner on the slopes, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but one of the best is undoubtedly (7) Breckenridge in Colorado, which has what are not only the best nursery runs in the country but in the whole of the world. The long gentle run that lies at the bottom of Peak 9 really is hard to beat – although the foot of Peak 8 doesn’t do a bad job of trying. Alternatives include (8) Beavercreek, also in Colorado, which has runs for beginners at summit and village levels, and (9) Sun Peaks in BC, which is a great location in which to move on to some easy green runs. Last in the list, but certainly not least, is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world: (10) Aspen in Colorado. If you’re looking for charm, you’ll find it in spades here and, even better, there’s a great choice of skiing opportunities in four different areas all covered by one lift pass.