Best & top ski visiting Places in United States, Family Vacation spots & Destination in USA, Most Beautiful Traveling ski in new York Wallpapers & Popular Pictures HD resorts images for Desktop backgrounds, It takes more than just snow and a mountain to make a really great ski town. Sure, you need a good layer of the powdery white stuff to get you going and it helps if the terrain is expansive and varied, with the right amount of death-defying vertical drops for seasoned skiers but what is it in particular that turns a regular ski destination from just another vacation spot into your favorite place in the world? Whatever it is – a sense of history, living culture, breathtaking views or after ski indulgence – these American ski destinations have got it in spades. From the greatest lake in the Sierra Nevada to the almighty peaks of Colorado to the sacred slopes of Utah.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Many people consider Jackson Hole in Wyoming to be the absolute best place to ski in the whole of North America. Increasingly popular with skiers from all over the world, Jackson Hole is a relatively small destination compared with the likes of Breckenridge or Vail but what Jackson Hole lacks in size it makes up for in natural beauty and charm. With Grand Teton National Park to its north and miles of forest stretching out at every other point of the compass, Jackson Hole’s views are second to none and when it comes to the stats Jackson Hole does not disappoint. Jackson Hole is home to one of the steepest vertical drops in North America at 1,262 metres, has 116 runs and over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 3,000 acres if you include the pro-skiable backcountry.
Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte in Colorado is a former mining town located in Gunnison County, Colorado. Like other Colorado ski destinations, Aspen and Telluride, Crested Butte is blessed with the breath-taking scenery that can only be enjoyed in truly remote spots. Crested Butte has over 1,165 skiable acres and 121 runs, the longest of which is over 2.5 miles. Skiing at Crested Butte isn’t about the stats nor is it about the luxury shopping or glamorous restaurants others ski resorts swear by. At Crested Butte you can experience a taste of counter-culture most other destinations are sadly lacking in. Back-alley log cabins hold restaurants and cafes and the local shuttle bus has been painted by local artists. Add to this the expert skiing and hiking opportunities on the North Face and peak of Crested Butte Mountain and you have a recipe for perfection.
If you’re skiing in a group with different abilities or are taking the family on a special ski trip then Whitefish might just be the right ski destination for you. An old-fashioned former railroad town, Whitefish is located near Glacier National Park in the Flathead National Park, Flathead County. Opened in the 1940s as ‘Big Mountain’ the Whitefish Mountain and its accompanying resort offer a Western-style, laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. With around 3,000 acres of skiable area, 93 runs and a longest run of 3.3miles, Whitefish is not the biggest-hitter when it comes to the stats and there is plenty of first-time friendly terrain but for the experts the summit is only ever a high-speed quad ride away with ample pockets of steep and deep terrain.
Even those who have never strapped on a pair of skis have heard of Aspen, Colorado. The Winter Wonderland favoured by the rich and famous, Aspen is the ski town all other ski towns want to be. Highly sophisticated, Aspen offers more than just ski with a huge number of designer boutiques, art galleries and five-star restaurants all competing for a taste of your Mastercard. The views at Aspen are unbeatably picturesque, framed always by the majestic Colorado Rockies. There are 673 acres of skiable area on Aspen Mountain and 76 runs, the longest of which is 3 miles. With zero green runs, Aspen Mountain is more suited to experienced skiers and is one of the most consistently steep areas in Colorado but nearby Buttermilk is more first-time friendly.
Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada
Sitting pretty on the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is one of North America’s best-loved natural attractions. A favourite vacation spot for many Americans, Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear waters make for the perfect summer getaway but in the winter months Lake Tahoe is also a top ski destination. A huge number of shopping and dining establishments have popped up on the Lake’s north shore and there are nine world-class ski resorts all dotted around Lake Tahoe encompassing a total of 22,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain. With so many different resorts, all with different runs, snowfall and facilities, choosing to ski at Lake Tahoe is the easy part, choosing where to ski in Lake Tahoe is the challenge.
Rather petite compared to the huge amount of skiable terrain at, say, Lake Tahoe, Vail Ski Resort is nevertheless one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. Located in Colorado, Vail is a located between the Gore Mountain Range and the Sawatch Mountain Range. With an impressive skiable area of over 5,200 acres and seven bowls, Vail Ski Resort is the USA’s third largest single-mountain resort. Vail Ski Resort boasts 193 runs in total, the longest of which is Riva Ridge at 4 miles. Unlike other ski destinations built up from mining towns, Vail Town was built later to accompany the ski resort. Miles of slopes, perfectly manicured snow and brand new luxury hotels and spas don’t come cheap and many skiers may find themselves priced out of Vail for the time being.
Alta is located in the Wasatch Mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah. Only one of three remaining ski resorts in the US to ban snowboarders, Alta is a strictly two-plank destination. Alta enjoys a revered reputation amongst serious skiers due mainly to its incredible snowfall which comes second only to resorts in Alaska. With a skiable area of 2,200 acres and enjoying an annual average of 540 inches of snowfall, Alta opened in the late 1930s and has been a prime skiing destination ever since. Alta offers endless opportunities for pro-skiers to explore off-the-beaten-track terrain and find great shots that no one has ever seen before. Sometimes Alta gets enough snow in December or even late on in April to make it worth hitting the slopes out of season in the hope of having the place to yourself.
Located in northern Vermont, the Stowe Mountain Resort has six distinct skiing areas and is made up of two mountains: Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, and Spruce Peak. For expert skiers there are two double black diamond trails and for beginners there are plenty of easy, wide open runs. Spread out over a total skiable area of 485 acres, Stowe has a total of 116 runs with a lift-served vertical drop of 2,360 feet. For many, though the real draw of a ski vacation in Stowe is Stowe Town itself. A charming colonial town that’s been around since 1763, Stowe is home to a number of historical buildings, many still in use, a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream plant and a number of extremely romantic restaurants and luxurious spa hotels.
It’s not fair to talk about the other Colorado Ski resorts without giving a mention to Breckenridge. Breckenridge Ski Resort is located just west of the Continental Divide in Summit Country and has been in operation since the 1960s. One of the most visited ski resorts in the whole of North America year on year, Breckenridge has a skiable area of 2,900 acres and 155 runs, 36% of which are double black diamond ‘expert’ runs. As well as the great skiing, the historic district of Breckenridge is a huge tourist draw. With its roots in the 1859 gold rush, Breckenridge has its own brewery, distillery and even a gold-rush era saloon. A ski town through and through, most of the properties in Breckenridge have two entrances, one on main street and one facing the lift.