Location isn’t just about where you would like to go. Take elevation into account. Are you sensitive to higher elevations? You may want to consider a ski resort that is in the lower elevation range. Not every ski resort is high in the mountains. In fact, there are some ski resorts that may not be too much higher up than where you already live.
Some states are known for their ski resorts. Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California offer the most variety out of any other states.
Salt Lake City alone has 10 resorts: the Canyons, Powder Mountain, Park City, Snowbird, and Alta just to name a few.
Idaho offers some of the best ski resorts in the USA. Whether it is a ski resort environment with dinning, lodging and events that you are looking for or just a straight ski experience, check out Tamarack Resort or Sun Valley. Idaho offers a lot of vacation experiences for people of all ages and levels of skiing.
Montana is another state with plenty to offer when it comes to ski resorts. Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are two of the biggest attractions that “The Treasure State” has to offer.
Lake Tahoe is another city that is a hotspot for people looking to hit the slopes. The city has a total of 8 resorts, some of which including: Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Northstar.
Another thing to take into consideration when choosing your resort is the areas surrounding the resort. Are you looking for a big city experience or are you looking for that small town vibe? If you are looking for the big city experience, you may want to consider Aspen as your next vacation spot. However, if small towns are more your thing you should take Winter Park, Colorado into consideration.
Are you Taking the Family?
Not all ski resorts will be child friendly. However, some ski resort shave instructors that are trained specifically to deal with children and teenagers. The younger members of your family will require a different type of coaching if it is their first time on the slopes. Consider going to a ski resort that has child friendly coaching if you are traveling with the whole family. Some ski resorts even offer discounts or free admission to children.
What is your Skill Level?
If you are a beginner then you want to tread carefully. Some slopes are intended for advanced skiers; some of them are intended for the novice. Educate yourself on the difficulty of the slopes before planning your vacation. You could end up having a bad time if you arrive at the slopes and find the terrain too difficult to handle.
Also keep in mind that ski runs are not comparable between two different resorts, no matter how close in proximity they are together. Neighboring ski slopes may vary in difficulty, and you don’t want to be taken by surprise when you find out one slope is faster than another.
Dining and Hospitality
Some ski resorts are much more luxurious than others, and not just on the ski slopes themselves. The restaurants and accommodations will vary between resorts, just like a hotel. Many ski resorts, also like hotels, offer free breakfast for guests. Do you want a fine dining experience or do you just want to focus on the skiing? Different resorts offer different accommodations, but one thing is for sure: you will be able to find a ski resort that is perfect for you.
The Big Decision
It is a lot to take into consideration, so the best thing to do is ask yourself what is most important for you. The most important questions you should be asking yourself is what type of experience you wish to have and who you will be having them with. You don’t want to make the mistake of booking a ski resort with lots of adult entertainment, such as bars, if you are planning a family vacation. By researching which resort is right for you, you may even find your new favorite annual vacation spot. Happy skiing!