You know how they say everything is bigger in America? Well, that saying goes for its ski resorts too. Aside from ample powder and spacious runs, why else should you ski in the USA? How about a mix of American hospitality from East to West? Chill out in California at Mammoth Mountain or Lake Tahoe; enjoy the après ski scene in one of Colorado’s 27 resorts (think Aspen, Vail and Telluride) across the Rocky Mountains; carve it up in Utah at trendy Park City or Deer Valley; or head to the Northern states of Idaho, Washington, Montana and Wyoming for epic runs – they say Jackson Hole in Wyoming is a mountain on steroids! Don’t forget the East: break-up the wasp-party in Vermont; hit up Lake Placid just five hours drive from NYC; and experienced snow bunnies can head to Michigan’s Mount Bohemia. Feeling really adventurous? Give heli-skiing a go in Alaska at Alyeska near Anchorage. ‘Merica represent! Ski, East to West, ya’ll!
California has some excellent ski options. In Lake Tahoe, aside from the fields you can lace up some ice skates, relax in a hot spring or take to the sky for a scenic helicopter ride. Adrenalin junkies are well suited to Utah Park City’s snowboard pipes, and Wyoming’s Jackson Hole is much loved for its tough runs, heli-skiing and snow kite boarding. If you’re after the best powder in the States, head to Wolf Creek Colorado for an average snow fall of 11.2 metres per season! If you’re inclined to a bit of shopping with your ski trip, head to Aspen. As for nightlife? You’re most likely to have a no trouble getting down at après ski time in Heavenly in Tahoe or Vail in Colorado. For budget skiers, Wolf Creek has all the snow at the right price. No matter where you ski in the USA, a hot tub and a well deserved post-ski beverage are just a snowmobile away!
The United States is home to more than 450 ski resorts, from small-time Midwestern hills to resorts known around the world – the likes of Vail, Aspen and Sun Valley. There’s a ski resort in the US to suit every snow sport, skill level and après ski party animal. California’s Lake Tahoe is lined with numerous ski resorts, none bigger than Heavenly Mountain Resort, which holds the title as California's largest ski area with the highest elevation in the area. While there are a few places to plonk down your skis in the Eastern states, the snow here tends to have an icier finish and is considered of lesser quality to the West. If you’re all about ‘dem fluffy peaks, you can’t go wrong in Colorado between Wolf Creek, Telluride and Snowmass (also touted for its ski-in ski-out accommodation options).