USA Ski Holidays!
USA. It's the home of supersized everything and that includes ski fields – many with over 1,000 hectares of skiing terrain. Powder Mountain is the largest at 2,227 hectares, but some other notably large fields include Vali Ski Resort, Heavenly, Squaw Valley, The Canyons, Big Sky, Park City and the aptly named Mammoth Mountain.
You can ski USA in many of its 50 states, with 400 plus fields dotted across the country. Colorado is probably the most popular state to ski USA, with more than 27 resorts scattered across the Rocky Mountains including the household name, Aspen.
Hype aside, Aspen sets the benchmark for skiing USA. It's both hip and classic. Chock full of galleries, boutiques, coffee houses, gourmet restaurants, celebrities and loads and loads of money – it's for the more sophisticated skier. The skiing and snowboarding here is pretty damn good too – with four separate ski areas within a ten-mile radius catering to all abilities and tastes. But if you're a newbie we recommended staying away from Aspen Mountain – it’s not for beginners. In fact, they don't even have a green run. Plus you might need to spend the summer working to afford an Aspen ski holiday anyway.
If you're looking for a more student friendly way to ski USA, try a little California dreaming and head to Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. Thanks to all the great deals offered you can ski USA without hurting your hip-pocket. This major resort located at the north end of Lake Tahoe offers varied terrain for all categories of skiers, although it’s more fitting for intermediate and advanced riders with 20 easy runs, 63 intermediate runs and 29 difficult runs.
Montana is another sweet place to ski USA. Check out Bozeman, the adventure capital of the Northern Rockies. Bozeman's all about cowboys, pick-up trucks, ski-bums and unleashed dogs – definitely a more relaxed, cooler vibe than a place like Aspen. You don’t come here for the fancy restaurants, you come to ski two of the premier ski hills in the US. Hardcore skiers flock here for The Ridge, in-bounds hiking terrain with a murderer's row of hairball chutes, and the new Schlasman's Lift accessing expert-only, backcountry-style terrain (avalanche transceivers required for both).
And just down the road (about an hour's drive) in the majestic Madison Range is Big Sky Resort – a gigantic ski area that offers joint lift tickets with the adjacent Moonlight Basin – making it one of the largest ski areas in America. The tram to the vaulting, exposed 11,166-foot summit of Lone Peak opens up a Euro-style world of high-alpine, big-mountain skiing. Beginners and intermediates will find plenty of terrain at both with Big Sky the deluxe option and the smaller Bridger a no-frills, low-cost choice. And for back-of-beyond cross-country skiing and wildlife watching, Yellowstone National Park is just an hour away. Say hi to Yogi for us.
No matter where you decide to ski USA, with the epic mountains, you’re certain to work off all those super-sized meals!