Month: March 2018

Mount Snow Resort Guide

Resort Profile Located in southern Vermont Mount Snow at the south end of the Green Mountain range has over 90 trails offering a good range of skiing and riding for all abilities. Most of the beginners skiing is low level while the tree-lined runs for intermediates are among the more attractive and are mainly concentrated on the mid mountain sections while the North Face is considered to offer a small range of challenges for advanced skiers and boarders. Snowmaking covers nearly 80% of the mountain and the lift system is highly efficient to ensure that only on the very busiest days are there bottleneck queues of a few minutes. Mount Snow is linked by bus to Haystack which is two miles or a five minute ride down the road. It offers a further 44 prepared runs off six lifts. The Mount Snow Valley includes seven separate towns offering a good variety of accommodation: Dover, Wilmington, Halifax, Whittington/Jacksonville and Searsburg. The main Mount Snow accommodation centre is at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and a andful of lodges, inns and condo complexes which are all handily situated right at the main Mount Snow base area, but the surrounding towns and villages offer a real taste of tranquil Vermont lodging. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 570m Top Station 1097m Bottom Station 570m Vertical Descent 527m Drag Lifts 6 Chair lifts 20...

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Sinaia Ski Resort Guide

Resort Profile Situated 120 kms from Bucharest Sinaia was a built round a former late 19th Century royal hunting lodge, where skiing started around 1920. It is a small compact ski area best suited to beginners and early intermediates with 9 main lifts – 5 drag lifts, 2 chairs and 2 linked cable cars. The ski area is accessed via a two stage cable-car has the Hotel Alpin at its mid-station. Resort Statistics Resort Height 850m Top Station 1999m Bottom Station 850m Vertical Descent 1151m Drag Lifts 0 Chair lifts 4 High Capacity 2 Opens Dec – March Expert Rating 4 Intermediate Rating 5 Beginner Rating 7 Apres-Ski Rating 6 Snow Reliability 5 Mountain Info The ski area is accessed via a two stage cable-car has the Hotel Alpin at its mid-station. There are great views from this hotel. From this mid station the cable-car continues and is paralleled by a long chair which both access the main upper ski area. There are some longer intermediate runs down the front of the mountain back to the Hotel Alpin, and there are two easy runs back from here to village level. The top, main area is well above the tree line and is served by four drag lifts and two chairs. The runs up here are generally short and of easy to moderate intermediate standard. From the summit station to...

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Winter Park Ski Resort Guide

General Information Winter Park must be the most reasonably priced, unpretentious mainstream ski resort in the US. If you want top quality skiing, great value and experience “real” small town America, you can’t beat it. The terrain is exceptional and snow quality is as good as it gets. Advanced skiers have fearsome moguls and plenty of glades, chutes and bowls to play in. Every level of intermediate is catered for, from the perfectly groomed cruiser to bowls just right for a first attempt at off-piste. Beginners have the superb Discovery Park – a 25-acre roped off mid-mountain area with its own lifts, nursery area, improvers runs etc. Why Go There? Why Go Elsewhere? Great terrain Unspoiled Short transfer from Denver Highest snowfall of major resorts in Colorado Access to Berthoud Pass for backcountry skiing and riding Small and quiet resort but tons of fun Tremendous lift system: rarely a queue even on busy weekends Arguably too uncommercial; nondescript roadside town Accommodation Information You can stay right at the mountain or in the town of Winter Park. The resort has a great shuttle service so it’s easy to get around. The lodging at the mountain is all fairly new and very nice, a great option if you want to be the first one on the chair in the morning! There are a handful of bars and shops at the base...

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Bled Ski Resort

Resort Profile Lying in the picturesque Julian alps in the north west of Slovenia, Bled is a spa village which overlooks a picture postcard wooded island complete with a fairytale church which sits in the middle of Lake Bled. Resort Statistics Resort Height 503m Top Station 634m Bottom Station 503m Vertical Descent 131m Drag Lifts 1 Chair lifts 1 High Capacity 0 Opens Late Dec Expert Rating 2 Intermediate Rating 3 Beginner Rating 5 Apres-Ski Rating 5 Snow Reliability 5 Mountain Info The most accessible skiing from Bled is on the very limited Straza area which has just one long chairlift and a drag lift which serves a short,easy blue run.Otherwise it is the ski areas at Zatrnik – 8 kms away – where there are five lifts and 18kms of skiing. By Bohinj, which is a half hour’s bus trip (free with the lift ticket) are the bigger areas of Kobla and Vogel. Kobla has a couple of low level beginners runs and three consecutive chairs up the Kobla mountain. There are two parallel drag lifts mid mountain. There are four red runs linking from the summit station to give one decent long descent. Vogel is accessed by a long cable car which access the base station of Rjava Skala, high on a gentle shelf which has a couple of short beginners lifts. Above there are four chairlifts...

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Keystone Resort Guide

Resort Profile Purpose built Keystone is one of the best intermediate resorts in North America with acre upon acre of immaculately groomed tree lined runs, excellent beginners terrain which includes the long summit-to-base Schoolmarm run but it has limited advanced skiing and boarding. Night skiing, up until 9pm, is available on well over half of the mountain area which means that Keystone, as well as the USA’s biggest snowmaking operation (100% of the mountain is covered), also has the most extensive area of night skiing. Keystone has been virtually rebuilt over recent years but any amount of investment has yet to invoke atmosphere in the village centres. Still, there is plenty going on, the staff in lodgings, retailers, restaurants and on the mountain make a real effort. It is a well served, snowsure user-friendly resort which has won many awards for being family orientated. Children under 13 stay free and children under 5 ski free. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 2835m Top Station 3650m Bottom Station 2835m Vertical Descent 815m Drag Lifts 5 Chair lifts 13 High Capacity 2 Opens Oct – June Expert Rating 8 Intermediate Rating 9 Beginner Rating 9 Apres-Ski Rating 8 Snow Reliability 8 Mountain Info The three mountains lie one behind the other (hence 3 mountain deep tag line): Keystone Mountain faces the resort and is one of Colorado’s best laid out and groomed...

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