United States Ski Resort Guide
Why The United States?
The huge choice of skiing really makes a ski holiday to the US. Whether its beginner’s greens to super steep double Diamond runs which rival the steepest runs in Europe there is something for everyone. There is also the beauty of the off piste areas and back bowls which in Europe are never patrolled or avalanche controlled However in USA you get the peace of mind that you have both.
In North America they don’t measure the lengths of the ski runs as they do in Europe, the runs are often very wide and the pitch could be very different one side of the run than is on the other, one might even be a mogul field. Instead the ski areas are measured in square acres, resorts like Breckenridge offering 2,358 acres. The other difference is the two grades of black runs, only called simply a Black and steeper runs are called “double diamond”.
The draw back to skiing in the USA is the distance and time difference, particularly a problem if you are traveling with young children. Few of the flights are direct, so you may have to clear US customs before you have reached your final airport. Finally the cost of both travel and the higher charges for ski lift passes and ski lessons.
Popular American Ski Resorts
Many of the resorts in the USA don’t have the vast ski runs that the large areas of Europe have – but if you are prepared to car hire and travel you can pick up some pretty spectacular skiing. For example a trip to Colorado could mean that you can combine Breckenridge with Vail and Beaver Creek or Copper Mountain.
Aspen and Snowmass can be combined with a trip out to Steamboat a real cowboy town.
Winter Park can also be combined with other resorts in Colorado and is a particularly good destination for disabled skiers.
If you are flying over to the Utah region into Salt Lake City you can combine the resorts of Park City and Snowbird.
Over on the California/Nevada region you can ski and gamble – it’s a very different type of holiday. Heavenly has fantastic Lake views and is one of the USA’s largest mountains. Mammoth Mountain is a larger resort (for USA) – although only a third of the size of the Espace Killy but has very quiet slopes and some great terrain parks.
We have ski hotels, ski chalets and ski apartments in all of the USA resorts. Some have distinct ‘cowboy themes’ and others are more modern. Aspen is as high class as you can imagine and has some beautiful old clapper board houses and various swish shops, bars, and restaurants – celebrity spotting here is the norm.
There’s nothing quite like hitting the slopes with your family, whether it’s teaching your little ones to ski, enjoying apres ski with the in-laws or reliving childhood memories on the mountains. We offer a wide range of bespoke family ski holidays at family-focused resorts, with activities to suit every age and snow-sure slopes for the whole family to enjoy.
Planning an unforgettable family ski holiday in 2019 has never been easier; enjoy cosy evenings around the fire, learn something new on the slopes and brave the cold weather together on a group getaway. Check out our family-friendly ski holidays today to start making memories.
Self-Catering Apartments In The United States
Referred to as Condos in North America, our apartmenst in the states are superb, with lots of space, and often located right on the slopes for ski in ski out convenience. Most of our Condos in America are sold as a part of a package holiday with flights and transfers included, but it’s still possible for to add on a city break so you can make the most of your ski holiday.
Ski Hotels In [Country]
Ski Line offers a wide choice of hotels in the best ski resorts in the USA. Most hotels in the States are on a “room only” board, that’s not to say that breakfast isn’t available, only that usually its cost isn’t included in the price of the holiday.
Bedrooms in hotels in the USA are generally very large in comparison to say ski hotels in France, most will either feature one King sized bed or perhaps two queens-sized beds. It’s possible for 4 people to share one room to keep the costs down and in some cases a supplement might be charged if only two people share.
Our North American skiing holiday are available for 7, 10, 11 or 14 nights and flights are available from most main British airports. Some flights are direct, but in most cases, flights are indirect and require one change at one of the key hub airports in the USA. We can offer direct flights from London to Denver which gives good access to the ski resorts of Colorado which include ski resorts such as Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen and Beaver Creek.
A new direct flight to Salt Lake City means you can fly directly to the ski resort of Park City.
In addition to the ski holidays shown here we are able to Tailor Make packages to most ski resorts in the USA.