For your ski vacation USA offers resorts with some lovely features – here’s how to choose where to go
The winter ski season is here and the mountains will soon be filled with skiers and snowboarders looking to make the most of the white powder. But beyond the snowy terrain and awe-inspiring views, there is more than meets the eye to some of the most popular destinations for a ski vacation USA has to offer.
Check out these 10 facts about five incredible USA ski resorts, all of which can be explored with the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes that connects skiers and snowboarders to the most iconic mountains around the world.
There’s a snowcat at Steamboat which serves tacos and beer on the mountains
Taking the food truck to new levels, Steamboat will unveil the Taco Beast this season; an on-mountain, roaming snowcat serving street tacos, breakfast burritos, Mexican street corn and Mexican-style beer. Redefining ‘slopeside’ dining, the Taco Beast travels to various locations on the mountain and can be tracked by visitors online.
The snow at Steamboat is officially trademarked as Champagne Powder®
With an average water content of 6 percent, compared with 15 percent found typically at other locations, the snow at Steamboat is incredibly light and dry, leading it to be officially trademarked as Champagne Powder®. The phrase was first coined in the early 1950s by local rancher Joe McElroy, who said the snow tickled his nose like champagne.
Winter Park Resort, Colorado
There’s a train from Denver which takes visitors direct to the slopes at Winter Park
Visitors to Winter Park who arrive via Denver won’t waste any time, as there’s an AmTrak train which takes passengers directly to the slopes at the resort. The Winter Park Express takes around two hours and drops travellers at the base of the mountain, so they can grab their skis and make the most of the snow.
Guests can join a yoga class in the snow at Winter Park
Every Friday at Winter Park during the ski season, guests can join SNOWga, a 30 minute yoga class on the snow. Led by a certified yoga instructor, SNOWga will teach stretches and techniques to help relieve aches and pains from a day on the slopes. There’s also music and delicious hot chocolate, a well-deserved post-SNOWga treat.
Deer Valley Resort, Utah
Deer Valley is one of only three ski-only resorts in the USA
Located less than one hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, Deer Valley Resort in Utah is one of the most exclusive destinations in the USA. The resort is ski-only, and limits the number of people allowed on the mountains each day, so skiers know that they are guaranteed few lift queues and virtually endless space on the slopes.
Guests at Deer Valley can make use of UberSKI
Deer Valley is one of the few places in the USA serviced by UberSKI, where cars are specially equipped with racks to carry ski equipment. Launched last year, the service is one of the easiest ways for visitors to get themselves and their gear to the mountains.
Mammoth Mountain, California
Mammoth Mountain is home to an award-winning terrain park which is a favourite of Shaun White.
Spread over 100 acres of terrain, the Unbound Terrain Parks at Mammoth Mountain have plenty to offer adrenaline junkies, including three half pipes and over 100 jibs. The 22-foot pipe at the Main Park is frequently recognised as the top snowboarding pipe in the USA and is where legendary snowboarder Shaun White often practices new tricks.
Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest winter seasons in North America
Of over 800 ski resorts in the USA, Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest winter seasons. This year, the resort opens on 8 November 2018 and it often stays open until July, giving skiers and snowboarders nine months of snow action.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California
The Winter Olympics took place at Squaw Valley in 1960
Squaw Valley had the prestigious honour of hosting the Winter Olympics in 1960. A lot of debuts were seen at the event including the men’s biathlon and women’s speed skating. French athlete Jean Vuarnet also became the first skier to win a medal on metal skis instead of the traditional wooden ones commonly favoured at that time. It’s not uncommon for renowned athletes to frequent the resort now, and professionals such as Cody Townsend can be seen on the slopes.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will soon run on 100% renewable energy
From 1 December 2018, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be powered solely by electricity that is 100% renewable. With this change, the resort will reduce its annual carbon footprint by an estimated 49 percent, which is equivalent to the emissions generated by the annual electrical use of 959 homes.
For your ski vacation USA does spoil you for choice!