America is a great place to plan your next ski holiday
From coast to coast, the United States of America offers scenic beauty and amazing places to explore.
The two coasts each offer unparallelled skiing opportunities, both of them quite different.
In the east, you’ll find places like Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Adirondack mountains of New York. Stowe, Vermont has been consistently rated the Best in the East for ski resorts. Even smaller venues like Sugarbush, Maine provide satisfaction for all levels of skier.
These ski resorts tend to be tucked away in small, picturesque villages that provide value and fun for the whole family. On a snowy evening after a day on the slopes, you’ll feel like you are inside a postcard. Just outside the Stowe resort is the Von Trapp Family Lodge, where history buffs and movie fans will discover the American home of the famous Singing Von Trapps of Austria. The fled to America during World War Two, and made their home in Vermont.
In the west, the majestic Rockies tower over towns like Park City, Utah and Vail, Colorado. The vibe in the west is different. The atmosphere is more extreme, and you’ll find a lot of younger thrill-seekers. After all, Colorado is the home of the snowboard, so it remains a popular Spring Break destination. That doesn’t mean it isn’t family unfriendly. Utah especially offers a wonderful family environment.
One of the reasons why you should visit America for your next ski trip is that value for money can be found at ski hills that haven’t been overdeveloped. With good reason, prices will be higher at resorts that have been turned into skiing theme parks, like Vail and Aspen. But if you head a little further south, you’ll find great experiences at hills like Wolf Creek, down near the New Mexico border.
What would be described as “secondary” resorts by the industry are truly the favourites of skiers of all ages and levels. The less developed resorts offer patient ski instructors, shorter lineups for the lifts, hiking trails for the bushwackers, and less aggressive traffic than you’ll find on the main sites.
Hot Travel Tips:
When buying your ski package to America, be sure to confirm with your insurance company that they cover winter sports. Universal health programs like those found in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe will not cover medical care in America, and even the standard travel insurance provided by a platinum credit card of work plan usually doesn’t cover skiing, which is considered an “extreme sport.” Also for consideration is a great way to get around the different resorts and avoid the hassle of waiting for public transport is to hire a car of your own.
There are many rental companies operating in and around airports close to Americas top ski resorts where you can hire a car from for very reasonable prices. However due to icey conditions it is best practice to take out car hire excess insurance should you have an accident.
A little far from Europe, but it is worth checking the ski slopes!