Crossing the pond for a North American ski holiday offers a completely different experience to skiing in Europe. Expect big mountains filled with vast expanses of backcountry terrain, and topped off with epic levels of snowfall. Between the ski villages you will find huge variety, with everything from bustling hubs lined with shops and restaurants, to traditional cowboy towns with a laid-back vibe. One thing they all have in common is their friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and incredibly efficient lift systems that will whisk you up to the powdery pistes in a moment’s work. We have put together some of the best ski resorts in the US, as recommended by our team of specialist North America ski experts.
If you’re headed to Jackson Hole on your next ski holiday then you are in for a treat. This authentic town is situated in a beautifully remote location in the Teton mountains. The legendary routes that make up the resort’s 116km of ski terrain are perfect for advanced skiers and boarders who are looking for an exhilarating challenge. Some of the best skiing in the US can be found on extreme runs such as the ‘Steep and Deep Camp’ and Corbet’s Couloir, which starts with a 10-20 foot cliff drop into the fluffy powder below. Skiers who would prefer a slightly more gentle week on the mountain are well-catered for too, with 50% of the resort’s terrain dedicated to beginners and intermediates. The lively town is famed for its traditional cowboy atmosphere, packed full of casual dining options that welcome hungry skiers with a laid-back ambiance. Many of the restaurants thrive off a ‘farm-to-table’ dining mantra, so you can expect local cuts of meat of the best quality.
Stay at: Hotel Terra, which is committed to sustainability through its recycled materials and reduced energy emissions.
One of America’s most famous ski resorts, Vail is the ultimate Colorado ski destination, packed full of luxurious hotels, gourmet restaurants and some of the most varied skiing in the US. The snow comes in an abundance, and is typically light, dry and wonderfully powdery. Once you start exploring the three sectors that comprise the ski area – Front Side, Back Bowls and Blue Ski Basin; you will be amazed at the sheer quantity that is available to get stuck into. 234km of runs unravel down the vast faces of the Rocky Mountains in a combination of high-altitude ridges, super-steep stretches of moguls, cruisy pistes and scenic tree routes. All of this is served by a network of state-of-the-art, high-speed chairlifts, which allow skiers to spend days easily indulging in one impressive trail after another. Skiers return to Vail season after season not only for the epic skiing, but also for the cosmopolitan town serving up a taste of luxury amongst its upmarket restaurants and exquisite hotels.
Stay at: Hotel Tivoli Lodge, a family-friendly four-star hotel with two outdoor hot-tubs to enjoy the surrounding scenery from.
This high-altitude town is one of the best ski resorts in the US for advanced skiers who are looking to fill their stay with one snow-sure descent after another. The resort itself is located at almost 3,000m, with the skiing stretching up to the dizzying heights of 3,915m – topping almost anywhere in the Alps. Despite this incredible altitude the resort is still very accessible, and is ever-popular amongst locals for day or weekend trips from Denver. 139km of pistes are spread out across five peaks of the iconic Rocky mountains, serving up plenty of uninterrupted magnificent vistas that hold a prized, high-altitude position above the treeline. A remarkable 55% of the runs are marked as black, making Breckenridge a mecca for skiers who are looking for challenging terrain to practice carving out their turns on. Down in the town, 140 bars and restaurants await, ranging from all-American diners to gourmet eateries serving up the full fine dining experience.
Stay at: Hotel Hilton Double Tree, offering exceptional views and a prime location in the centre of town.
The elegant Victorian town of Aspen is highly-regarded for its luxury, glitz and glamour. It is a hotspot for celebrities and a well-heeled clientele, who are drawn in by the exclusive bars, quiet pistes dusted in champagne powder and thoughtful finishing touches, such as free Lavazza coffee at the base of the mountain and free Kleenex from the ‘sniffle stations’ at the chairlifts. A day on the mountain might start with one of the routes from the World Cup finals and finish with a famous double black-diamond run such as the Bear Par or Aztec. When you have had your fill of the some of the best skiing in the US; why not indulge in a choice of 200 types of craft beers from the bustling Hops Culture bar? Amongst the all-American eateries, there is also an up and coming choice of vegan, healthy dining options to refuel on – from smoothie bowls to avocado on toast, which are typically harder to come by in the mountains.
Stay at: The Little Nell, a beautiful five-star, five diamond hotel sitting on the side of the piste in an exceptional ski-in ski-out location.
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