The ski season is well under way in the US, so here at Alamo we’ve come up with four of our favourite places for you to visit. These world-famous slopes make for a perfect winter retreat, whether you’re a veteran skier, or planning to hit the slopes for the first time. When you’re not carving up the snow, you can take the car for a ride and explore the surrounding wilderness. Early birds tend to hit the slopes around November, although the ski season officially begins in December and carries through to just after Easter in April.
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s mountains, Vail is hailed as one of the best ski spots in the US, and is certainly North America’s largest. Vail Mountain boasts over 5,000 sq ft of skiable ground and is used by professional athletes in the run up to events such as the World Alpine Ski Championships and the Burton US Open. Newcomers to the sport are well cared for too, with the Vail Ski and Snowboard school teaching novice skiers of all ages. One reason for Vail Mountain’s popularity is the variety of its terrain. The front of the mountain stretches out in wide, expertly engineered slopes, which lead down to a 22-foot superpipe. Lifts carry you to the rear of the mountain, where you can ski wide bowls and basins that are popular with experienced skiers.
Mammoth Mountain, California
California has an impressive selection of lakeside ski resorts to visit, however one that works well for all experience levels is Mammoth Mountain. Known for its first rate terrain parks, Mammoth Mountain has the highest summit of any other resort in California, offering up thicker snow and steeper slopes. If you’re confident on the snow then head to the peaks for a more challenging run. Mammoth is notorious for its terrain parks and strives to be one of the best in the business when it comes to creating a professional experience for its visitors. The surrounding areas are home to National Parks, monuments and waterfalls, and are ideal to explore by car.
Deer Valley, Utah
Deer Valley is famous for being one of the more luxurious ski resorts that Utah has to offer – and it has many to offer – but this isn’t the only reason it has a place on our list. Snowboarding within the resort is prohibited, and this allows for a more refined skiing experience. Numbers to the slopes are regulated, and the snow is maintained to an impeccable standard. One thing is for sure, at Deer Valley you will feel looked after. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by friendly ski valets, and dining in one of the award-winning lodge restaurants will ensure a satisfied stomach.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Surrounded by mountains, the town of Jackson makes for an interesting visit for those visiting Jackson Hole and is a 15-minute drive from the slopes, making it a great place to stay during your break. Located in the southern part of the Teton Mountain Range, the Jackson Hole resort is perfect for those who have skied before and want to hone their skills, as the steep slopes offer up plenty of powder. Half of the runs are dedicated to expert skiers, with the other half dedicated to intermediate and beginners. The area is south of Yellowstone National Park, and is surrounded by other protected areas, providing breath-taking views at every turn.