It’s that time again. Can you smell it in the air; that smell of precipitation that proceeds the fall of snow. Can you hear it? That crunch as your foot hits the white stuff, as you walk the first snowfall.
And, let’s not forget the feel of the skis underneath you as you glide down the powdery slopes. Problem is you have skied all the local slopes so many times, you can literally do it in your sleep (in fact one day you became so bored, you did ski down the slope asleep). So, where do you go when you want new excitement?
WESTERN AND CENTRAL US
The Western and Central U.S. boasts some of the best ski slopes, in the world. In Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, you don’t have to travel too far, to bump into a slope. Just West of Denver are some of the finest slopes Colorado has to offer, with resorts in Vail, Telluride, Aspen and Breckenridge, as well as ski areas North and South of Denver.
Wyoming skiers rate Jackson Hole as a top must ski destination and in Utah, Park City is not to be missed, when you want to hit the slopes. And, who could pass up a day on skis, at Lake Tahoe? It is not unheard of, on the West Coast, to hit the slopes in the morning and then hit the beach in the afternoon, to catch a few waves surfing.
EAST COAST DESTINATIONS
On the East coast locations such as Whiteface, New York, Stowe Vermont, and Killington Vermont and Jay Peak Vermont are sure to keep you excited for a day out, on the snow. Whiteface, New York has slopes for everyone, but the more proficient skiers will not want to pass up the “the slides” also known as the famous double black, at the peak of the mountain.
And, we can’t go East Coast, without sking enjoyment in Berkshire, Massachusetts, Blue Mountain Pennsylvania, and Waterville, New Hampshire. Blue Mountain is located in the stunning Pocano Mountains and Waterville, New Hampshire boasts one of the highest mountains in New England.
Canada has great skiing in the North, Central and Eastern regions of the country. Every Province offers some kind of phenomenal ski area. British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec being the most popular destinations. And, let us not forget that the Winter Olympics have been held in this beautiful country twice: 1988 in Calgary, AB and 2010 in Whistler, BC. Obviously, they must be doing something right, when it comes to their ski slopes!
You cannot think about skiing, without including Swiss Alps. Switzerland has more than 120 ski resorts packed into 16,000 square miles, roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire. And, in the winter it’s all about the skiing in this landlocked country. Zurich is a popular destination and is considered the front door to the Swiss Alps.
Innsbruck, Austria is a destination not to be missed. This beautiful area is known as the capital of the Alps. Ironically, it holds something in common with Canada, having hosted the winter Olympics in 1964 and in 1976.
Oh yes! There skiing to be found, in addition to great beer. Germany is also located in the Alps, with Munich just 60 miles away from the ski towns of Wallberg and Alpspitze.
Tokyo In Winter
While we associate Japan with a rocking Tokyo nightlife and delicate cherry blossoms in flower, this island nation has also hosted 2 Winter Olympic Ski Events: Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.
Winter sports in Japan do not end there, ice hockey has been a favorite sport since the 1920′s. Japan is a member of the Asia League Ice Hockey.
These just a a few world wide suggestions, you may not have thought of, in your search for the next ski vacation. Just remember that, before hitting the slopes again, you will need to get into shape, in order to avoid injuries. While browsing the net for the best place to work out those muscles, take a stop by SkiA to find out more about your “sweet spot”.