Saturday, October 31, 2009

The White Stuff is Already Falling

Snowstorms are battering Colorado and Wyoming as residents fight the white stuff--for those of us planning a ski vacation this winter, this is a dream come true. Colorado, home to some of the best skiing resorts in the country, is anticipating quite the impressive season this year, and things are starting off early. Winter wind and snow squalls whipped the states this week in a surprisingly early storm period this year. With the heaviest snowfall that Colorado has seen in a decade, schools closed this week, while business owners struggled to keep stores open in the wicked weather.

Kyle Fredin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, commented that "Big storms like these, they seem to come around every 10 to 12 years." While 44 flights were cancelled in and out of Denver this week, it's a dream come true for those of us who weren't traveling, but simply planning our newest excursion into the Rockies--and thinking about tackling the Rockies as well.

Do you dream of a ski vacation? If you love the idea of zipping through the white stuff, here are just a few favorite places to consider going this year.

Aspen: Aspen is quite the popular place to vacation in North America, and not just because of the skiing. You'll get to experience fantastic accommodations at the resort of your choice, and these particular hotels are quite often extremely close to the slopes. With the moneyed set nearby, shopping and dining options in town are excellent, and the ski lodge lounges aren't half bad, either.

Try: St. Regis Resort recently received a $37 million dollar facelift, and combines outdoor sports with the highest of luxury accommodations.

Killington, Vermont: This fantastic spot for skiing and snowboarding also happens to be extremely enjoyable to travel to--grab a rental car and zip through the mountains between Rutland and Woodstock, Vermont, and then be sure to check out a small local bar for one of Vermont's famous beers or beverages, like a Long Trail ale or a barrel-brewed root beer. With links to many a traditional American family of wealth, this area offers luxury accommodations and treatment for the best of us. Enjoy the spa!

Try: Travel around Vermont, one of the smallest states in the U.S., and visit a few of their ski resorts, stopping at the Stowe Mountain Lodge at the foot of Spruce Peak in Stowe.

Vail, Colorado: Vail has been a classic choice for years when it comes to winter sports, and no wonder: it's a great place to ski and snowboard, and you'll be spoiled for choice when picking exactly where you'd like to have a hot mulled cider in town. Vail happens to be an excellent place to get ski training as well, which means that those in your party without slope skills are more than welcome to come along.

Try: Bridge the gap between North America and Europe by staying at this inspired luxury village in Vail Square.

Jackson Hole: This slightly quieter spot boasts fantastic accommodations and a less frenzied tourist crowd. If you're looking for somewhere you can kick back with a loved one (or go on a romantic second honeymoon), this is a good point to consider. Advanced skiers will love these slopes, and there's always a day at the spa available for you when you can't handle another slew of moguls!

Try: The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is open year-round to guests, and provides a naturally beautiful setting with the luxury services, amenities, and furnishings you've come to expect.

Will you be skiing this season?


  1. I can live with that. That even has happened on rare occasions here in CA.I grew up in Weiser.........didn't like it then either.

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