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Most who visit America, certainly find it somewhat seductive! It boasts pretty deserted pistes that are immaculate groomed, the best snow reliability with the deepest powder and a natural friendly culture across all resorts. The additional attraction of the dramatic peak panorama of the Wild West is moreover, very alluring.
A serious amount of snow- typically in the region of 6-12m in a season tends to arrive much more frequently than in Europe, thus the likelihood of hitting fresh powder is superior. The lift staff are competent and professional plus you can always find a mountain host in close proximity to recommend you on the finest slopes in any resort. Contrasting Europe, the slopes in America are blissfully quiet.
Off the slopes, the American ski resorts have everything from relaxed family venues and chic nightspots to romantic restaurants and live music bars and karaoke! Some are more purpose-built offering forefront ski convenience whilst others hold their mature charm, many being aged mining towns.
It is best to discuss the top resorts in regional sections; California, Colorado, Utah, New England and the Rest of the West. Firstly, California/Nevada has the highest mountains in continental USA and some of America’s biggest winter resorts. Most holiday-makers head to the Lake Tahoe area which is set spectacularly high in the Sierra Nevada, east of San Francisco.
The Colorado region subsequently, seems to be the most popular area for UK visitors. Attached to it is the ‘champagne powder’ label due to its amazingly dry and soft conditions. Some of the resorts here are rather upmarket- Aspen, Vail and Beaver Creek fit well into this category, whilst others are more unpretentious such as Breckenridge and Winter Park. Copper Mountain is the other fantastic resort in this expanse- a more-than convenient, purpose-built resort.
Utah boasts the marketing slogan of ‘The greatest Snow on Earth’ but boarders beware- 2 of Utah’s top resorts (Alta and Deer Valley) have banned snowboarding! Deer Valley is the most chic in Utah, nevertheless Park City, Alta, The Canyons and Snowbird also possess some of the best and deepest snow ever seen so all are certainly well worth a visit.
Killington and Stowe in New England should be mentioned here whilst Big Sky and Jackson Hole are the finest in the rest of the West. The snow in the States is simply outstanding with masses amounts being a definite each season. There is more skiing than in Europe too, due to quiet runs and lack of lift queues. The value for money in the US resorts is second to none whilst the standards and culture of all regions is pleasant.
Whichever region you choose, not one shall dissatisfy!
Altitude (m): 2425
Highest ski lift (m): 3415
Total piste (km): 184
Aspen is one of North America's most exciting resorts, surrounded by dramatic and beautiful peaks and dominated by the Maroon Bells. The town is lively with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants and overlooked by incredible pistes. Here you will find the best Après Ski from convivial...
Altitude (m): 2469
Highest ski lift (m): 3488
Total piste (km): 150
Beaver Creek Mountain is home to three 'villages'. Beaver Creek Village: The heart of the resort, Beaver Creek Village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators. Bachelor Gulch Village: Part of the unique...
Altitude (m): 2925
Highest ski lift (m): 3960
Total piste (km): 240
Breckenridge, known for snow, service and sunshine is the No 1. USA resort for British skiers. Dating back 130 years, Breckenridge has maintained its "Old West" charm of the gold mining era, combining character, a fun and friendly atmosphere and an unbelievable ski area. Breckenridge has over...
Altitude (m): 1995
Highest ski lift (m): 3060
Total piste (km): 279
Heavenly is found on the California/Nevada border, around the shores of Lake Tahoe. Part of the Vail Resorts group, the resort offers excellent skiing for all abilities, especially for intermediates. There are great views, no queues and a superb snow record which is supported by good snowmaking...
Altitude (m): 1925
Highest ski lift (m): 3185
Total piste (km): 2500 acres
Set amongst the spectacular and world famous Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole can only be described as a ski mecca! There are two villages; the rip-roaring Wild West of downtown Jackson with its raised wooden boardwalks, cowboy feel and colourful nightlife and Teton Village with its own selection...