As autumn fully grips most of
the U.S. – and the threat of that S-N-O-W word is very real on the horizon –
it's time for families, couples, and ski bunnies alike to start thinking about
their winter getaways.
If you, too, are considering
a cold weather adventure this year, here are four states that offer up some of
the best skiing in America.
If it's fresh powder and
unspoiled winter landscapes you're looking for on the East Coast, Vermont is
the place to go. Ski resorts in this state see some of the highest levels of
natural snowfall in the Eastern U.S., meaning there are plenty of options
despite Vermont's small size.
to check out in Vermont include: Bolton
Valley (a family ski resort), Bromley Mountain (one of the oldest
continuously-operating ski areas in the U.S.), Jay Peak (famous for the amount
of natural snowfall it gets each year), Killington (the largest ski area in the
Eastern U.S.), Okemo Mountain (known for its snow quality), and Stowe (home to
Vermont's tallest mountain).
For those stuck in the
Midwest – not quite close enough to New England, but still too far away from
the ski slopes out west – New York is a great, usually more convenient snowy
getaway. No, you won't find any ski slopes in the Big Apple, instead head
upstate and there are quite a few options. I personally got introduced to
skiing in New York at a few of its beginner-friendly and family-friendly
to visit in New York include: Belleayre
Mountain (a state-owned ski center in the Catskills), Gore Mountain (a
family-friendly resort in the Adirondack Mountains), Greek Peak (New York's
largest ski resort), Holiday Valley (an all-encompassing resort in Western New
York) Whiteface Mountain (the top ski resort in the Eastern U.S.), and Windham
Mountain (a resort with slopes for all skill levels).
Out west, snow begins to fall
on the Rocky Mountains well before winter hits. This means that the ski resorts
in Colorado have some of the longest ski seasons in the United States, and the
best snow. The tall mountains and deep powder of the Rockies are what serious
skiers salivate over each winter.
to check out in Colorado include: Arapahoe
Basin (the highest skiable terrain in North America), Aspen (the place to go in
Colorado since the 1940s), Breckenridge Resort (on of the top-visited resorts
in the U.S.), Crested Butte Mountain Resort (where freeskiing was born),
Keystone Resort (offers night skiing), Vail Resort (another of the most popular
in the country), and Winter Park (one of the largest resorts in Colorado).
Ask ski enthusiasts where the
best skiing in America is, and they probably won't all agree. But many of them
will likely vote for Utah. Utah has been calling its mountain snow “The
Greatest Snow on Earth” for more than 50 years. And it has the world-class ski
resorts to back up its claim.
to visit in Utah include: Deer Valley (a
skis-only resort), Park City (with a long season and night skiing), Powder
Mountain (home also to snow kiting), Snowbird (know for the huge amount of dry
powder it gets per year), Canyons Resort (one of the largest resorts in North
America with nine peaks), and Alta Ski Area (one of the oldest in the U.S.).
Are you a skier? Where is
YOUR favorite place to go?