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Where to go

North America has a multitude of fantastic ski areas and we have hand-picked our selection of the very best resorts.

In Colorado, the pick of the bunch are Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen whilst in Wyoming it’s all about Jackson Hole. Across the border in Canada, it’s all about Whistler. Our latest additions of Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City in Utah are all within a short hop of Salt Lake City, whilst the resorts at Lake Tahoe provide the unique opportunity to ski in both California and Nevada. All of these ski areas are world-class in their own right, but they could scarcely be more different.

Vail - Colorado, USA

Great for:

  • Almost everyone, but especially mixed ability groups and families
  • Anyone seeking convenience, superb accommodation and great service

Not so good if:

  • You are looking for history or “authenticity” – head for Aspen or Jackson Hole
  • You are a very, very good skier seeking treacherously steep couloir skiing
  • You are on a tight budget

Good to know:

  • Very high and very cold is a common misconception. Vail sees over 300 days of sun a year and altitude is much less of a problem than in higher resorts like
  • Breckenridge
  • Vail offers a wider range of hotels than Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek - Colorado, USA

Great for:

  • Families with children not yet in their teens
  • People who hate walking in ski boots and carrying skis

Not so good if:

  • You are wanting variety of nightlife and raucous après-ski

Good to know:

  • Easy to combine with Vail for a two center vacation –and a shame not to as the resorts appeal to similar groups
  • Bachelor Gulch is about 10 minutes’ drive from Beaver Creek – but the Ritz-Carlton is a destination in its own right
  • Strong skiers will have skied everything after 3 or 4 days

Aspen - Colorado, USA

Great for:

  • Adults, especially couples seeking a little sophistication with their skiing
  • Good skiers who don’t mind traveling to explore different areas
  • Crowd haters – with no nearby cities, Aspen avoids weekend crowds that can descend on other American ski areas

Not so good:

  • If you don’t want to get on a bus to go skiing – head for Snowmass or Vail
  • For mixed ability groups
  • For snowboarders – steep runs which narrow in places. Snowmass or Jackson would be better bets
  • You are on a tight budget

Good to know:

  • Aspen and Snowmass are separate resorts and could not be more different
  • The airport is only 15 minutes away

Snowmass - Colorado, USA

Great for:

  • Families and intermediate skiers - Snowmass is your heaven. Beginners are also well catered for
  • Crowd haters – with no nearby cities, Snowmass avoids weekend crowds that can descend on other American ski areas

Not so good if:

  • You are looking for a big variety of après and nightlife
  • You are a strong skier - Snowmass is lacking in real steeps

Good to know:

  • Aspen and Snowmass are separate resorts and could not be more different
  • The airport is only 15 minutes away

Jackson Hole - Wyoming, USA

Great for:

  • Good skiers looking to tick one of the world’s great ski destinations off their to do list
  • Off piste powder fanatics
  • Anyone looking to mix their skiing with cowboys, Country & Western and wildlife

Not so good if:

  • You are an intermediate seeking gentle blue runs
  • You are not prepared to traverse or hike a little to get your fresh tracks

Good to know:

  • Teton village is convenient for skiing but in the evenings, the action is in Jackson town
  • The airport makes the road transfer short but you will need a connecting flight

Whistler - British Columbia, Canada

Great for:

  • All standards of skier and anyone wanting nothing but snow, snow, snow!/li>
  • Skiers looking to cover a lot of ground and anyone looking to do some heli-skiing/li>
  • Après and nightlife – sometimes of the “college” variety

Not so good if:

  • You only want to ski in the sun – British Columbia is famous for its precipitation/li>
  • You want a small, intimate or exclusive feeling town or village - Whistler is none of these

Good to know:

  • North America’s biggest ski area is the only one to come close to Europe’s big linked areas

Deer Valley - Utah, USA

Great for:

  • Luxury - the most luxurious and exclusive places to stay in Utah
  • Skiers only – no snowboarders allowed
  • Its renowned guest service – regularly rated number one in North America
  • Tree skiing – over 1,000 acres at your ski tips
  • You’re a snowboarder – you need to head for the slopes at Canyons or Park City

Good to know:

  • The number of lift tickets sold each day is limited to avoid overcrowded slopes

Park City - Utah, USA

Great for:

  • The snow – deemed as “The Greatest Snow on Earth”
  • Incredible terrain – over 400 trails suitable for all levels of skier
  • The town – crammed with bars, restaurants and shops

Not so good if:

  • You’re looking for somewhere luxurious to stay

Good to know:

  • The Olympic Park is well worth a visit – you can even have a go on the Olympic bobsleigh run

Canyons - Utah, USA

Great for:

  • The only heated-seat, enclosed chairlift in North America
  • Variety of terrain – a bewildering amount of trails for all levels
  • A Ski Beach – the ultimate location for après ski entertainment

Not so good if:

  • You’re looking for a wide range of accommodation options

Good to know:

  • The EpicPass includes Canyons so make the most of the EpicMix technology and capture your on-slope exploits and share with your friends

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