Friday, December 17, 2010

5 Amazing Ski Destinations

Ski ResortsNot everybody out there may be thrilled about the oncoming snow but just because snow is approaching doesn't mean everybody is going to have a bad time. Skiers and snowboarders are thrilled to see the first signs of that beautiful white powder that transforms itself into a adult playland. But where are the best places to go? Are some better than others? You better believe it.

Snowmass, Colorado
Snowmass is located a few miles outside of Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley and offers a large variety of mountain activities. The area is 3,000 acres with a 4,000 foot vertical drop. While that sounds a bit intense, beginners will be pleased to know that Snowmass has some more mellow slopes so you can ease into it. Snowboarders will have fun on the 12-foot halfpipe (good for beginners) and the 22-foot superpipe (better for more experienced boarders). Add that to the 91 trails and 21 chairlifts as well as the shuttles to neighboring Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Copper Mountain, Colorado
Favored by snowboarders, Copper Mountain offers skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, snow mobile riding, sleigh rides and more. A Snow Day Pass this year will cost you $99 which is good for any day on which the resort gets more than four inches of snow. However, people flock to the mountain year round for other reasons too, mainly because of the resort's unique training facility, Woodward at Copper. The training facility is there for snowboarders to practice the hard tricks in a safe environment. Foam pits keep skiers and snowboarders from getting hurt when practicing those complicated flips.

Northstar at Tahoe Resort, California
Located six miles north of Lake Tahoe, this impressive resort offers 92 separate ski trails spread over a vast 3,000 acres. The resort offers snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. After your busy day on the slopes, you can relax at the one of the resort's many lodges, condos or mountain homes or visit the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe if you are feeling fancy.

Alta, Utah
Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the entire country and is one of the very few that does not allow any snowboarding whatsoever. The resort will also shut down once a certain number of skiers shows up. Alta is also a part of the Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour, a real treat for the more advanced and expert skiers. For $295 you can follow guides through the Wasatch Mountain backcountry via routes in and out of six ski resorts.

Yellowstone National Park
When one thinks of Yellowstone, one probably thinks of Old Faithful and a summer destination. However, Yellowstone is also an unforgettable winter location. Guests will be able to take cross-country skiing lessons as well as guided trips through the park. There is a lot of exotic wildlife to view including moose, bison and wolves. If you want to take a rest from all the activities, then take a snow coach ride that gets you up close and personal to all that wildlife.

So there you have it, five of the greatest ski resorts in the country. Great for both beginner skiers and snowboarders or expert ones, everybody can find something to like in all of these destinations.

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