December 15, 2010
Temperatures have officially dropped, and that means three things: skiing, snowboarding, and -- if you’re into it -- some snow-tubing too. The powder is fresh, and most USA-based resorts’ seasons have just now begun. And whether you have black diamond expertise or just want to cruise the bunny slope, you’ll want to check out some of our favorite resorts in the four states best known for snow, slopes, and skiers galore.
This state’s slopes are legendary -- and there’s literally hundreds to choose from, catering to all skill levels. (In fact, it’s tough to go much of anywhere mountainous in Colorado come winter without coming across a slope just waiting to be conquered!) The classic destination spots Vail, Aspen, and Telluride remain some of the best in the United States, and all turn into skiers’ wonderlands the moment the first snowflakes fall.
- Vail: Lenuca says: “Make sure to experience the Back Bowls -- take the Sleepy Time trail from lifts 4, or 5 or 11 and enjoy the scenery. Pretty much every piece of the mountain is a trail -- you can ski with your eyes closed.”
- Aspen: If you’re headed toward Aspen, a legendary -- yet typically high-cost -- skiing spot, KellySenn recommends Aspen Mountain (also called “Ajax”), the area’s flagship peak. But it’s not for beginners, she warns. “There is an abundance of challenging terrain, especially if your cup of tea is trees or moguls.”
- Telluride: If this beautiful area is where you want to be, cuindurango says it “offers plenty of terrain for any skier -- they have some of the steepest, bumpiest stuff you'll see, as well as a nice variety of intermediate terrain (though they lack any really long cruisers).”
- Jackson Hole: This town in the heart of the Teton mountains is the skiing spot most-frequented in this state (this year it’s already received more fresh snow than most other major ski areas -- even Colorado’s!) There are some tricky runs though, warns KiwiQ2002: “Be aware that only about 10% are beginner trails. But even if you're not Jonny Moseley or Shaun White, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is still worth a visit for any skiing/snowboarding fan.”
- Deer Valley: This resort’s challenging slopes were chosen for use in the 2002 Olympics for the slalom, aerial and mogul events -- and the Deer Valley Resort is consistently highly rated. While expert ski bunnies will find plenty of challenges, well-traveled skier Wasatch feels that the resort caters to nearly everyone. “I’ve been to 62 ski resorts. None compare to Deer Valley for quality intermediate skiing, and Deer Valley grooms better than anyone else,” he says.
- Vermont Many serious skiers find East Coast skiing to be inferior to Western destinations -- but if you’re near these spots, there’s still plenty of powder to be had (and challenging slopes nonetheless!)
- Stowe: This local favorite combines great skiing with small-town New England charm. Suzannecat even calls the slopes around the area “the Alps of Vermont.” She says: “Excellent skiing, dining, and beautiful scenery. Additional highlights are the local factory tours -- Ben and Jerry's, sugar houses, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.”
- Killington: The largest ski resort in the area also hosts an annual pilgrimage of slope-hungry skiers. Frequent skier Scottfox says Killington is “awesome skiing on the best ski area in the East. It’s like skiing in Europe where you can see other ski mountains, all interconnected.”
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Posted by SpecialK3883 (Kelly L. Phillips)