Winter arrived and oh boy, did it arrive in style! Bomb cyclone and Craig Blizzard aside, it is so wonderful to wake up to a winter wonderland, isn’t it? And once the snow settles a little it is the perfect time to grab your ski gear and have fun! If you happen to live in a place where all you can do is build snowmen and snow castles but can’t feel the adrenaline of going downhill, we present you the best skiing destinations in the United States and Canada for your winter holidays!
- Vail, Colorado:
This famous ski center in the United States was founded in the early 60s by a group of professional skiers who used to train in the area and realized it was the perfect ski mountain. They opened a ski resort and then the town of Vail grew around it, within a few years’ time there were available 33 ski lifts and more than 190 ski trails where marked on three mountain faces: Blue Sky Basin, the back bowls and the front side. Vail´s architectural style and planning follows the one found in European alpine towns, having a large pedestrian area and extremely efficient and secure public transportation system (including the largest free shuttle bus system in the United States).
The best place for beginners is the front face which has many beginner friendly trails such as Lion’s Gate, Gitalong Road and Trans Montaine; in case you are not so much of a beginner and want to enjoy a magnificent view of Gore Range, ski down Eagle Nest Ridge and Back Bowls out the Sourdough Lift.
2. Breckenridge, Colorado:
Breckenridge is a quaint mountain town that is also the largest historical town in Colorado, its history goes back to the 19th century when it was founded in the middle of the Gold Rush era. Rumor has it that for many years the town was considered as No Man’s Land which is remembered today in many festivals that refer to that time in Breckenridge´s history as “The Kingdom Days”. Skiing was introduced in the early 1960s when ski trails were cut in Peak 8 and in the following decades expanded to 187 ski trails in Peaks 6, 7, 9 and 10 today. Beginners will have the time of their lives skiing down Peak 9, intermediates are going for a fun day at Peak 7 and experts are in for some good skiing at Imperial Bowl.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Breckenridge served as the location for movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Dumb and Dumber?
3. Avon, Colorado:
The town of Avon is known as the gateway to Beaver Creek Ski Resort, one of the best places to ski in Colorado for beginners. Only 10 miles away from Vail, it is possible to take the shuttle bus that connects these two beautiful towns and go for a stroll or even try the different ski facilities. Avon has lots of sport action throughout the year since Beaver Creek Resort hosts many ski world cup competitions in its facilities as well as golf tournaments in a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. once the snow is gone during spring and summer months. Slide along its 150 ski trails, enjoy the views from Rose Bowl and Larkspur Bowl as you enjoy the three distinctive areas of the mountain which provides access to every level of skiers.
Fun fact: enjoy fresh out of the oven complimentary cookies at the base of the mountain at 3:00 p.m.!
We could go on and on about these skiing destinations in the United States since they have breathtaking landscapes, difficulty levels for every skier and fun for all ages. Would you like to visit them? Then give us a call and our concierges will be more than happy to guide you through your ski trip planning!