Author: Kevin

The Best Ski Resorts in Canada

Banff / Lake Louise General Information Sunshine Village and Lake Louise are the two major ski areas located just outside of the town of Banff. These resorts offer true Canadian skiing, set in the impressive jagged peaks of the Rockies. Sunshine Village has impressive snowcover each winter and the terrain is a nice mix for all levels. Choosing which mountain to ski can be a bit difficult (though make sure you get to both while there!) Banff and Lake Louise are both surrounded by spectacular scenery, and offer equally good value lodging, so it’s essentially convenience versus resort facilities and atmosphere. Banff’s main street is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. The buildings are thankfully low-rise and many have wooden clapboard facades, though in terms of character Banff is certainly no true western town. It’s a 45 minute drive from the largest ski area (Lake Louise); 20 minutes from Sunshine; 10 minutes from the limited Mount Norquay slopes. In contrast, Lake Louise village is only 5 minutes from the ski area of the same name. But “village” is rather too grand a term for its tiny collection of buildings. Why Go There? Why Go Elsewhere? Spectacular scenery – some of the best in world skiing Great value accommodation Good variety of terrain Excellent for wildlife spotting Separate ski areas; a fair distance from each other Can be...

Read More

A Look at the Best Ski Resorts in Wyoming

Grand Targhee Ski Resort General Information This resort is a hidden gem located about an hour outside of Jackson Hole. Targhee receives over 500 inches of snow each year, which provides it with some of the best powder skiing in North America. The resort itself is small and intimate, perfect for families or groups that want a wonderfully scenic setting with all the mod cons. The skiing at Grand Targhee can be absolutely euphoric. Most of the terrain falls into the intermediate category, but there are some short, fun steep runs on the outer edges for more advanced skiers. The secret about Targhee is that you don’t necessarily ski it for the terrain, it’s the snow you come here for. An adjoining peak, Peaked Mountain, offers an additional 1500 acres of snowcat skiing which is limited to no more than 30 people maximum on any given day. (You do the maths!) The resort has been planning to install a lift on this mountain, which would cut into that acreage for the snowcats, but never fear. There will still be plenty of that great “Snow from Heaven, Not Hoses” to play in. Why Go There? Why Go Elsewhere? Intimate ski area Perfect resort for learning powder skiing or riding Great two centre option with Jackson Hole Impressive ski school and childcare Not suited for those seeking nightlife or a “town”...

Read More

Sun Valley Ski Resort Guide

General Information Sun Valley is an original. No where else can combine the fantastic world of skiing with such high style and sophistication. Aspen is close, but Sun Valley uses it’s Idaho address to keep itself private, unspoiled, and fantastically hip. The resort offers a plethora of celebrity spotting (Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, just to name a few) and that’s just on the mountain! Skiing here is an intermediate paradise offering good solid cruising runs and amazing views from the plush mountain restaurants. Experts have a few choices to explore, but the beauty of Sun Valley is that everyone can ski it. Beginners also have a great option of skiing at Dollar Mountain, a smaller area just down the road from the main resort. It’s the perfect spot for lessons or simply getting your ski legs on your first day. The nightlife can be summed up in one word: excellent. You can party the night away listening to live music at Whiskey Jacques or have a gourmet meal at any of the restaurants in Ketchum. There are plenty of ways to eat, drink, and be merry and just as many ways to work off the excess. Snowshowing, cross-country skiing, or simply walking amongst the shops and art galleries in town will open up the best of Sun Valley to you. Why Go There? Why Go...

Read More

Arinsal Resort Guide

Resort Profile Arinsal is a well spread out resort. Skiing and boarding is quite limited with just over 28kms runs and 18 lifts. There are only 4 short black runs including a limited choice of reasonably challenging off piste up off the Pic Alt de La Capa. The main village is small and traditionally Catalan, but it has grown over recent years, but most of the accomodation is not that close to the original chair lift station, but a new six person gondola built in 1998-99 takes you to mid station level from the village in about 4 minutes. Snowmaking on the lower runs keeps it relatively snowsure. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1550m Top Station 2592m Bottom Station 1500m Vertical Descent 1092m Drag Lifts 9 Chair lifts 4 High Capacity 1 Opens Mid Dec-Mid April Expert Rating 3 Intermediate Rating 7 Beginner Rating 8 Apres-Ski Rating 3 Snow Reliability 7 Mountain Info Limited choice comprising an assortment of red, green or blue runs, fanning out up a big relatively flat valley between to ridges. Nursery slopes are quite high on the mountain so are pretty snowsure and stay in good shape. Recently they have started expanding the Prat de La Cama area with a series of new green runs. There is now a half pipe and funpark. Runs and lifts do get crowded peak season, particularly during Spanish...

Read More

The Remarkables Resort Guide

Resort Profile The younger of the sisters (lift passes are also valid for Coronet Peak). Stunningly scenic but a lot flatter. Resort Statistics   Resort Height Currently Being Updated Top Station Currently Being Updated Bottom Station Currently Being Updated Vertical Descent Currently Being Updated Drag Lifts Currently Being Updated Chair lifts Currently Being Updated High Capacity Currently Being Updated Opens Currently Being Updated Expert Rating Currently Being Updated Intermediate Rating Currently Being Updated Beginner Rating Currently Being Updated Apres-Ski Rating Currently Being Updated Snow Reliability Currently Being Updated Mountain Info Good skiing for most abilities but geared more towards learners and intermediates. 23km from Queenstown the season runs from late June to late October. Also nordic, telemark and heliskiing. Accommodation & Apres Ski Queenstown, Otago, the Birth Place of Bungee and adrenaline junkie heaven. Self styled international destination for “Alternative Thrill seekers”. Restaurants are diverse and many, as are the shopping facilities. Accommodation ranges from Back-Packer to 5 star. Resting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this once Maori settlement is now a global village. Active 12 months of the year, the winter months have a particularly French...

Read More