Ski Season Returns!

With the big storm that most of the US has been digging out from the past few days it means there is snow in the mountains. Finally! Especially here in New England, where we haven’t experienced a ton of snow yet this season.

Let’s take a look a couple of ski resorts across the US, some well known and a few hidden secret spots for you to check out. So grab your skis and boards and hit the slopes kids.

New England

Let’s start with my home and native land, shall we? We all know that skiing the East is not quite the experience of skiing out West, but we can still hold our own over here for most of the season. And then we take a trip to Colorado 😉

Okemo

So while you might have heard of places like Killington and Stowe when you think of New England skiing, many hard core skiiers say Okemo Mountain Resort is where it’s at. Plus they have a mountain coaster, so kinda a no brainer.

Sugarloaf

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When most people think of Maine it’s lobsters, sailboats and sunburns. But, did you know that Maine is home to some pretty awesome ski resorts as well? Sugarloaf is right at the top of the list. It’s the largest resort east of the Mississippi and offers an above tree line lift on the edge of the Appalachian Trail with some pretty awesome views.

Pacific Northwest

Mt. Bachelor

I feel like Oregon might be one of North America’s best kept skiing secrets, home to some really well known (and excellent) mountains, don’t leave this area out when you are planning your next trip. Just outside of Bend, Mt. Bachelor has miles of fresh powder trails and super fast lifts to get you back to the top of the run in a jif.

White Pass

Another fun little resort is White Pass in Naches, Washington. While it might not be as sprawling and fancy as some of the big boys, it’ has a huge fan following for quality terrain and excellent pricing. If you are someone who desires a real value on your ski trip, then this resort might be just the spot for you.

Mountain West

Aspen/Snowmass

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Ok, I adore Aspen, so for me this is a no brainer when looking at Colorado, argue all you want that Vail and Breckenridge are better, but for me Aspen is where it’s at. With over 300 average inches of snowfall on the mountain each year, the area has a ton of high quality skiing and a great town to hang in to boot.

Powder Mountain

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Purists love hitting Powder Mountain in Utah because it features some wide open terrain. Having to play second fiddle to places like Park City actually works out as a benefit. While it might not have some of the advanced amenities of some of the other resorts in the area, it makes up for that in no crowds and plenty of powder.

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