Five thousand years ago, people were using two pieces of wood for movement across the snow while hunting. It is not much of a surprise that these first known skiers were doing it in Scandinavia. First significant mentions of recreational skiing can be dated back to the 19th century. But you can be sure that people were enjoying the movement on the snow since the first time they strapped the wood to their legs. First organized ski-tours as well as first dedicated ski resorts appeared in Norway. During the 20th century, both, professional and recreational sport , gained massive attention. And skiing is no exception to it.
Today, skiing is so popular that you can find indoor ski slopes in places like Madrid, Moscow or Dubai. However, no closed arena can replace the experience of kilometers long slopes with a magnificent view on majestic mountains all around. If you want to feel the joy of skiing once again, here is the list of ten best ski resorts in North America:
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10. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, the United States
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Opened in 1963 and located 30 miles east of Salt Lake City, Park City Mountain Resort is one the best-known ski resorts in North America. The resort hosted some of the skiing and snowboarding competitions of 2002 Winter Olympics. It has more than 7,300 acres of skiing area, more than 300 trails, slopes with aspects from 4% to 43%, 41 lifts and several bowls, half-pipes and a super-pipe. Add extensive network of restaurants, summer trails for mountain biking or additional activities like climbing wall, miniature golf and others and you have a really cool place. Will you give it a try?
9. Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Colorado, the United States
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The resort is named after the Beaver Creek, one of the three villages comprising it. The resort opened its gates in 1980. Beaver Creek Ski Resort has the total skiable area of 1,832 acres and can use the advantage of five major peaks: Beaver Creek, Grouse Mountain, Larkspur, Arrowhead Mountain and Bachelor Gulch. With 150 trails and slope aspects from 20% to 55%, it is a perfect destination for advanced skiers as well for families. The resort is served by 25 chairlifts. During the summer season, the focus is on the famous Beaver Creek Golf Course.
8. Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado, the United States
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Another major resort in Colorado is located in the southwest of the state. As it is quite far from any major city (the nearest one is Albuquerque, New Mexico – more than 5 hours of driving), it is pleasantly calm compared to other North American resorts. Little or no lift lines in combination with beautiful sceneries and less crowded trails make stay in Telluride a unique experience. The resort offers more than 810 hectares of skiable terrain and slopes with aspects ranging from 7% to 50%. The upper part of the resort is dedicated to expert skiers while lower areas are more suitable for intermediates and skiing newbies.
7. Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia, Canada
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This Canadian resort is the perfect choice for starting your skiing lessons. Completely new learning area with magic carpet lift was opened during 2015/2016 season near the Village Day Lodge. Overall, Sun Peaks resort covers 4,270 acres of skiable terrain. 135 runs for newbies as well as for intermediates and advanced skiers. Friendliness of the small village of Sun Peaks with almost a Europan charm is also something to experience on your own skin. If you want something little bit different of North American resorts, try Sun Peaks.
6. Alta Ski Area, Utah, the United States
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Alta resort in Utah is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States, it was established in 1939. With 2,200 acres of skiable area and an annual snowfall of 514 inches, it sounds like a perfect place for skiing. And it really is. Top of that, as a skier, you will have a free time from snowboarders as the Alta resort is one of three US resorts prohibiting snowboarding. If you are a skier, 116 runs and seven chairlifts are there waiting for you!
5. Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado, the United States
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165 trails on 2,696 acres and six terrain parks including famous Maverick Superpipe. Slope aspects go from 2% to 55%. The resort is served by 23 lifts. Same as other ski resorts in North America, you will enjoy it also during the summer season with biking, hiking or a golf. Another big name among Colorado´s ski resorts.
4. Vail Ski Resort, Colorado, the United States
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Now this is really big name – Vail Ski Resort is the fourth largest of ski resorts in North America. With 5,289 acres of skiable area, 193 runs, 31 lifts, 2 terrain parks and 370 inches of annual snowfall, you will never be out of options of what to do next. Slopes go from 20% to 40% and you can find all the services necessary for the great stay in ski resorts. For Vail, old Colorado saying is more than appropriate: „People come for winter, but stay for the summer.“ With endless possibilities for hiking, biking, rafting, fishing and much more of other activities, you will enjoy the summer season on the same level as you do it in during the winter!
3. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado, the United States
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With Aspen, Colorado, we are touching maybe the most famous name among all North American resorts. Aspen Snowmass is, in fact, build by four resorts: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Altogether, you will have 5,300 acres of skiable area, 329 runs, 43 lifts of all types and endless possibilities of dining and nightlife, this is the vacation you will never forget. Simply, it´s Aspen.
2. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
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Canada´s biggest and the best ski resort can be found 75 miles north of Vancouver. It is the largest of ski resorts in North America. Initially planned to be built for 1968 Winter Olympics but it continued even after the bid was not successful. It consists of two resorts – Whistler and Blackcomb. Altogether, these two ski resorts have more than 8,100 acres of area for skiing, more than 200 runs and almost 40 lifts. This is definitely the best of Canada!
1. Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Wyoming, the United States
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Are you an expert skier? Then this is the resort for you! In Jackson Hole, only 10% of overall 116 runs are considered to be suitable for beginners. Among other runs, you will find very difficult runs including the famous „Corbet´s Couloir“. It has 22 lifts and 2,500 acres of skiable area. And all of these are waiting for you. Do you want to spend time in the probably best of North American resorts? Go to the Jackson Hole!
If you want high-quality ski resorts, you have a lot of options in North America. Both United States and Canada offer perfect conditions for skiing and all accompanying activities. You can´t step aside with the top-quality ski resort in North America!