Take a Tour of the Best Skiing Mountains in North America
While you could travel to the Swiss Alps or the Courchevel region of France to tackle the slopes this winter, you don’t have to go that far to find excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding.
From the powdery peaks of Colorado and Wyoming in the U.S. to the breathtaking slopes of British Columbia in Canada, some of the world’s best slopes are right here in North America.
Planning the perfect ski vacation can be tricky. It’s important to choose the right destination and the right ski resort for your skiing prowess. Do you want to face the most challenging conditions, or do you want to visit a resort that embraces novice skiers?
We’ll help you get started with a list of five of our favorite ski destinations and ski resorts in the United States and Canada. Call our flight coordinators to arrive at the slopes in style.
Whistler, British Columbia
Skiing in Whistler is dominated by two mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. There’s nothing quite like the PEAK 2 PEAK cable car connecting the two mountains, and combined, they offer more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. Whistler/Blackcomb offers amenities and conditions for all ski levels, and it’s a destination that every avid skier should visit at least once. Whistler boasts several fine accommodations, but if you want the best room in town, we suggest the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
With several destinations to choose from, including Aspen, Breckenridge, and Winter Park, Colorado is a mecca for skiers in the U.S. and around the world. Unlike some other ski resort areas in Colorado, Vail is relatively new, with the first resorts opening in the 1960s and 1970s.
This makes Vail a ski-centric town, with fewer options for shopping, dining, and entertainment than you might find elsewhere. In Vail, the focus is entirely on skiing and snowboarding, and the region offers more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, with trails and jumps for skiers of all skill levels. If you want to be pampered, check availability at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, or call The Sebastian for a luxurious yet family-friendly atmosphere with ski-in ski-out accommodations.
Sitting astride the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is encircled by sheer mountain slopes and stunning Alpine scenery. In summer, Lake Tahoe beckons vacationers to bring their boats and fishing gear, and in winter, the lake’s crystal blue waters make a glistening backdrop as skiers traverse the surrounding slopes. Book the same room in July and again in December at the Tahoe Beach & Ski Club, and you can enjoy everything that Lake Tahoe has to offer all in one place.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Set against dramatic, panoramic views of the rugged Teton Mountains, the slopes in and around Jackson Hole offer deep powder, steep chutes, and vast, wide-open spaces. Though Wyoming is often thought of as a destination for more advanced skiers, the local resorts cater to all skill levels, making Jackson Hole perfect for families.
For a fun wild west experience, bring the kids to the Red Rock Ranch in the summer for fishing, hiking, and swimming, and come back in the winter to ski Jackson Hole’s extraordinary slopes.
For an Alaskan ski adventure you’ll never forget, visit the town of Girdwood, about 30 miles outside of Anchorage. We suggest flying into Anchorage and taking the train the rest of the way to get the full measure of Alaska’s extraordinary natural beauty.
The team at Alyeska Resort offers heli-skiing and cat-skiing excursions in the Chugach Mountains, where you’ll find colossal mountain faces, vast, shimmering glaciers, and endless acres of pure, untouched snow. Heli-skiing may not be for everyone, but for the right person, it’s the ultimate skiing experience.
The Best Ski Resorts In North America
The summer is already behind us, and ski season will be here before you know it. Don’t wait another day; call our flight coordinators today to arrange your charter flight to your favorite ski destination.