For\r\n many, winter is not only a series of Christmas holidays but also the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding. In general, in the USA, there \r\nare more than 300 ski resorts, and many of them work year-round. So you \r\ncan ski and enjoy the snowy landscapes in the USA at any time. Many of \r\nthe American ski resorts have a long history, some have recently opened \r\nand impressed with a high level of equipment. We will introduce you to \r\nthe best of them.
1. Alta Ski Resort, Utah
Since\r\n its opening in 1939, the Alta ski resort has become one of the most \r\npopular destinations for skiers. Designed for skiing exclusively, even \r\nsnowboarders are not allowed. Located on top of the Little Cottonwood \r\nCanyon just 25 miles from Salt Lake City. Alta Ski Resort combines \r\ntraditional and modern facilities. Most of the lifts are old, but \r\neverything more than paid for by the magnificent dry snow of Utah, which\r\n falls here in winter up to 12 meters.
2. Killington Ski Resort, Vermont
The\r\n largest resort on the east coast located 250 km from Boston. It offers \r\nalmost 155 tracks with a total length of 140 km. Twenty-one ski lifts \r\nconnect six mountain peaks of Killington, and the seventh (Pico \r\nMountain) can be reached in 10 minutes by bus. There are several sports \r\nparks here (including for snowboarders and lovers of flat skis), one of \r\nthe largest systems of artificial snowmaking operates.
3. Lake Placid, NY
Located\r\n 70 km from Albany Airport, in the largest U.S. national park Adirondack\r\n Park, east of the Mississippi River. It is famous for the fact that \r\ntwice there were held the Winter Olympic Games – in 1932 and 1980. \r\nAthletes are still training here, so the tracks are maintained in \r\nexcellent condition year-round. In total, there are 86 tracks on the \r\nonly Whiteface Mountain resort. There is a 50-kilometer cross-country \r\nski trail, a snowboarding area, and a super-pipe.
4. Heavenly Ski Resort, California
Located\r\n at the junction of the states of California and Nevada, near the \r\npicturesque Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Ski Resort is one of the highest \r\nresorts in the United States: with its slopes offer unrivaled views of \r\nthe largest alpine lake in North America and the picturesque deserts of \r\nNevada. Four resort bases unite more than 90 routes of varying \r\ndifficulty, 30 lifts operate. Well developed infrastructure.
5. Aspen, Colorado
The\r\n most famous and elite ski resort in North America consists of four \r\nisolated ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and \r\nSnowmass. 200 tracks of different difficulty levels connected by a \r\nwell-thought-out system of lifts and a free bus. A free ski pass is \r\navailable. In the largest Snowmass zone, there is the highest mid-tier \r\ntrack most of all, Aspen Mountain, with its Ajax mountain, and the town \r\nof Aspen proper is known as the only zone in the USA without “green” \r\ntracks. Still, in the Buttermilk zone, full and calm slopes are quite \r\naffordable even for children. Aspen Highlands offers tracks of different\r\n levels, but most routes are challenging.
6. Beaver Creek Snow Resort, Colorado
The\r\n modern resort consists of three areas: Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor \r\nGulch, and Arrowhead. There is everything for a first-class winter \r\nholiday and even more: heated asphalt paths, street escalators, elite \r\nskiing and snowboarding schools, elite hotels, and spas. For five \r\nconsecutive years, Beaver Creek Snow Resort received an award from the \r\nNational Ski Association for its high level of service. Also, Birds of \r\nPrey downhill competitions are regularly held here as part of the men’s \r\nworld championship.
7. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Park\r\n City Mountain Resort has grown into the most significant U.S. ski \r\nresort since merging with Canyons in 2015. On an area of about 7300 \r\nacres, 300 runs, 38 ski lifts, and seven snowparks are located for both \r\nbeginner skiers and snowboarders, as well as for professionals. In 2002,\r\n Park City hosted the Winter Olympics, and today is the training base \r\nfor the U.S. ski team. In January of each year, the Sundance Independent\r\n Film Festival also held here.
8. Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
Located\r\n in the southern Rocky Mountains – San Juan Mountains. Telluride ski \r\nresort located in the highest mountain region of the United States, so \r\nthe landscapes are stunningly beautiful. During the winter, up to 8 \r\nmeters of snow falls here, and at the same time, sunny weather is 300 \r\ndays a year. On an area of 810 hectares, there are trails for \r\nbeginners (lower zone) and extreme sports, and 14 lifts serve them. And \r\nyou can relax in the highest mountain restaurant in North America Alpino\r\n Vino.
9. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
This\r\n is one of the oldest and most picturesque resorts on the east coast. \r\nIts narrow winding tracks are laid right in the forest, on the slopes of\r\n two mountains – Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The resort area is 196 \r\nhectares, and there are 116 slopes and 13 lifts. This place is perfect \r\nfor families, there are no crowds, and you can stop in the town of Stow,\r\n 10 kilometers from the ski slopes – from there a free bus leaves for \r\nthe slopes every half hour.
10. Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Wyoming
Known\r\n for its steep slopes and a significant vertical drop of -1262 m. Of the\r\n 116 Jackson Hole tracks, half are for professionals. There are options \r\nfor beginners, but there are few descents of medium difficulty. The \r\nresort is also famous for its atmosphere of the Wild West: many wooden \r\nbuildings of the 19th century and operating saloons have preserved \r\nhere.
11. Keystone Ski Area, Colorado
Keystone\r\n Resort is an hour and a half drive from Denver and consists of three \r\nmountains and two villages located along the picturesque Rocky \r\nMountains. Three mountains of the resort – Dercum Mountain, North Peak, \r\nand Outback are connected by a system of lifts and offer slopes for any \r\nlevel of training. Beginners ride the Dercum Mountain, extreme people \r\nhave chosen the Bergman Bowl, Erikson Bowl, and Independence Bowl zones.\r\n The resort is famous for its night skating, for which a special \r\nlighting system for the slopes created.
12. Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge\r\n is one of the most visited ski resorts in the country; 1.6 million \r\nvisitors come here annually. It is famous for its highest ski lift in \r\nNorth America, which raises skiers to a height of 3910 m. There are 152 \r\nslopes on the four mountains of the resort, half of which are “red” and \r\n“black,” 29 ski lifts (4 high-speed), five snowboard parks, two half \r\nPipe, toboggan runs and ski school.
13. Deer Valley Resort
In\r\n 2014, this resort recognized as the best according to SKI Magazine in \r\nthe field of service, entertainment, food for guests, and well-groomed \r\ntrails. For five consecutive years, Deer Valley awarded the title of the\r\n most respectable resort in the United States. Several competitions were\r\n held here as part of the Winter Olympic Games-2002, and in 2003 and \r\n2011, the resort hosted the World Ski Freestyle Championship. The \r\nresort’s 101 pistes are for skiers only. Elite hotels, gourmet \r\nrestaurants, upscale slopes, and the highest level of service – all this\r\n is the Deer Valley Resort.
14. Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana
Situated\r\n approximately 30 miles from Glacier National Park in Montana, Whitefish\r\n Mountain Resort can offer 105 runs on 1214 hectares of land. The \r\naverage annual snow level is 7.5 meters. Most tracks are for advanced \r\ntraining and professionals. The longest Hellfire track is almost 5.4 \r\nkilometers long.
15. Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
Vail\r\n Ski Resort is one of the five best ski resorts in the world and is the \r\nsecond-largest resort in the United States. On an area of about 2100 \r\nhectares, there are trails of varying difficulty for skiers and \r\nsnowboarders. A well-thought-out system of lifts interconnects all \r\nslopes of the three ski areas (The Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin, and the \r\nBack Bowls). There are two snow parks, cross-country ski tracks, and \r\nbobsled.