Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Where or where shall I board this season?
So I've been to Tahoe, Breck, Keystone and have Aspen planned for 2009. But here is a quick recap of a few places that should be on your agenda for 2009 also. And I'm super jealous Michi and the boys are going to Whistler in February and I'll be stuck here on little hills but with WISP planned with the posse for my birthday it's gonna be hot none-the-less. Looking for some winter deals? Check out Kayak.com HERE. Nevertheless, get your board or your ski on................
This mountain town’s 150 anniversary drops in 2009, but there’s no need to wait until then to visit. Fresh this season, the Colorado resort boasts a brand new base area called Peak 7. It’s the first new one since 1971 and features a ski school, rental shop, restaurant, and the upscale Crustal Peak Lodge. New snow-making capabilities added this year mean enviable top-to-bottom terrain will blanket popular trails earlier in the season. Expect prime conditions just in time for Christmas.
An expert skier’s dream destination, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons offers a sweet balance between the area’s rustic, Old West sensibilities and the luxury many snow fiends seek after long days on the slopes. This year, visitors can hop on the new and improved aerial tram, which whisks passengers on a 4,139-foot vertical ride to the summit in nine minutes flat. For slope-side pampering, bunk in at the eco-friendly Hotel Terra Jackson Hole. If it’s the call of the wild you hear, try overnighting at the backcountry Rock Springs Yurt.
When it’s fun in the sun you’re after, it makes sense to hit up a resort town known for having an average of 300 sunny days each year. Straddling the California and Nevada state lines, this destination offers a lot more than just blue skies. On the Nevada side, casinos and nightlife attract snow-goers with an itch for gambling, while 4,800 acres of skiable terrain and new additions like Heavenly’s year-round Heavenly Flyer, the longest zip line in the lower 48 states, keep daredevils of all ages entertained.
Go big early in the season with a winter break to Canada’s largest ski area. A UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the pristine Canadian Rockies, Alberta’s Banff National Park encompasses a vast swathe of terrain numbering around 8,000 acres and some 274 trails. One lift ticket is good for use at three resorts: Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Sunshine Village. Free transportation provided to and from the resorts makes hitting different mountains easy - even with your ski boots on.