If your idea of a great escape is a day spent gliding down snow-covered slopes with fresh mountain air in your face, chances are you will love a weekend at one of these Forbes and Snow Magazine top-10 rated ski resorts:
Located in northwestern Wyoming, Jackson Hole boasts a vertical drop of 4,139 feet, 116 named trails, and 3000 acres of back country. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, guests can fill their days with sleigh rides, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, paragliding, and helicopter skiing. A variety of slopeside hotels and lodges offer accommodations for every budget. The first class dining experience includes regional specialties such as trout, elk, and bison.
This resort in northern Vermont’s Green Mountains has more snow than anywhere else in the east. It is as famous for its 50 miles of trails, beautiful open glades and world-class chutes, as it is for having the only aerial tram in the state. The ski and ride school offers lessons to adults at all levels, as well as to children three years old and up. Lodging is available in a variety of hotels, lodges, and townhouses, most of them within walking distance of a ski lift. The resort also offers group day care or private sitters for children 6 weeks to 7 years old.
Stowe Mountain Resort on Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield is the first mountain resort in the U.S. to earn Audubon International’s ‘Sustainable Community Certification,’ recognizing its dedication to protecting the environment. Its 485 skiable acres include 116 trails, and 6 freestyle parks where skiers and riders can challenge their skills with jumps, bonks, quarter pipes and more. In addition to the usual ski and snowboard lessons, Stowe offers an adaptive skiing and riding program for people with disabilities, including 3 and 4-track skiing, bi-and mono-sit skiing, as well as guides for blind skiers. A variety of lodgings and restaurants, bars, and cafés offer a wide choice for every personality, lifestyle and budget.
These two side-by-side mountains approximately 75 miles north of Vancouver, B.C., combine to make up one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler Mountain, with a vertical drop of 5,020 feet and Blackcomb Mountain, with a vertical drop of 5,133 feet, offer over 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, 8,171 acres of terrain, 3 glaciers, and a vast area of unmarked back-country. For those looking for an extreme experience, an additional 432,000 acres of high alpine terrain can be accessed by helicopter. Further activities include instructor training programs, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and a tube park. Whistler-Blackcomb welcomes skiers and riders with development disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, and physical disabilities that may require the use of bi- or mono-sit skis.
You can rent sports equipment from these (and most other) ski resorts, so you needn’t worry about that. For your personal belongings, however, you will want resistant, weatherproof luggage such as ecbc’s Elite collection. Each carryall and backpack features the FastPass® system, allowing you to go through TSA without unpacking your electronic devices. Portable power packs are included with all carry-ons, and can be purchases separately with other items to recharge the batteries on your tablet, cell phone, or digital camera anywhere – perfect for hassle-free traveling from airport, bus or car, to the mountain resort of your dreams