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Nevis Range Resort Guide

Resort Profile Since opening in 1989 the reputation enjoyed by Nevis Range has grown by the season. As the newest centre with major financial investments behind it, it has had to try harder to attract skiers and boarders. It has a lot going for it. On a clear day the scenery is a match for the Alps or the Rockies. From the steep pitch of the Nid Wall you can see for miles up the silvery lochs of the Great Glen and down Loch Linnhe. Set on Britain’s eighth highest peak Aonach Mor, the ski area looks across to Ben Nevis. With 35 runs off 11 lifts there is potentially some good skiing for all abilities when the whole area is up and running. Although there are some good beginner areas, including a short plastic dry slope, the majority of the terrain is well suited to intermediate skiers and boarders. Nevis Range staff are enthusiastic skiers and they have lead the way in Scotland in pursuing new levels of customer service, and the resort personnel are generally smiling, friendly and strive to help. Advanced skiers and boarders have some of the most exciting skiing and riding in Scotland in the back coires which drop off the back of the summit runs. Some of the runs over here hold snow well into May. The nearest accommodation is just at the...

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Copper Mountain Resort Guide

Resort Profile Copper Mountain is a purpose built, convenient compact resort offering an easy walk, or short free shuttlebus to the lifts from most accommodation centres. Described by some as soulless it is however a well organised user friendly resort which is now enjoying huge, constant investment from its owners. Great play is made on the fact that the runs are so logically laid out. To the west, (right as you look up the ski area) the tree lined trails are easiest and as you move east (left) they become more difficult. While much of the terrain is best suited to beginners and early intermediates the bowls at the top of Copper and Union peaks have a good few chutes, powder havens, and cornices to keep the more advanced skiers and boarders amused. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 2926m Top Station 3767m Bottom Station 2926m Vertical Descent 841m Drag Lifts 4 Chair lifts 21 High Capacity 0 Opens Nov – April Expert Rating 8 Intermediate Rating 8 Beginner Rating 8 Apres-Ski Rating 6 Snow Reliability 10 Mountain Info On the ski area the most recent development has been in the 700 acre Copper Bowl and Western Union on either side of Copper peak which have been opened up to offer some of the best off piste skiing and boarding in Colorado. In the Spaulding bowl otherwise there is skiing...

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Pas de la Casa Resort Guide

Resort Profile One of Europe’s, highest ski areas, Pas de La Casa’s lift system has now extended to cover half the width of Andorra, stretching from the French border to the town of Encamp, only 5km/3 miles from the capital, La Vella. The resort is also now linked to the skiing of Soldeu and it seems only a matter of time that all five of Andorra’s ski areas, already participating in a joint lift ticket, will be physically linked by ski lifts too. The link back to Pas de la Casa from Soldeu was upgraded for the 1999 – 2000 season with two new six-seater chairs aiding the return effort. The mood is more French than elsewhere in Andorra and even if the resort is slightly bland and uninteresting accomodation is usually plentiful and fairly cheap. Apartments are mostly convenient for the slopes and are generally pretty well served with shops and bars nearby. An increasingly popular package destination. So far Pas de La Casa has not yet become as Brit dominated as Soldeu or Arinsal, but it does get very busy and is more international during the high seasons. The resort’s snow record is good both in real terms and compared with Andorra’s healthy reputation gained over recent seasons. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 2050m Top Station 2600m Bottom Station 2030m Vertical Descent 570m Drag Lifts 20 Chair...

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Resort Guide For Arapahoe Basin

Resort Profile Arapahoe Basin has no accommodation at base station level. The nearest lodging is at Keystone, six miles away. The high elevation ensures there is skiing and boarding at A-Basin long after Keystone has closed. Linked by shuttlebus to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin boasts the highest lift served skiing and riding in North America, and most of it is well above the tree-line. It is described as the nearest thing to European Alps style skiing in the USA, but it has some excellent snowsure beginners terrain, and there are easy steps up the ability scale off lifts nearby. Resort Statistics Click Here For Resort Pistemap Resort Height 3283m Top Station 3967m Bottom Station 3283m Vertical Descent 684m Drag Lifts 0 Chair lifts 5 High Capacity 0 Opens Oct – June Expert Rating 9 Intermediate Rating 7 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating 9 Snow Reliability 10 Mountain Info Mountain Info Off the Norway and Lenawee lifts most of the runs are for beginners or intermediates, and there are longer runs for advancing beginners and intermediates off Wrangler, Chisholm and Sundance. At the Pali (Palivacinni) side of A-Basin is the highly challenging terrain which A-Basin is well known for. The whole of the East wall here has dozens of chutes, steeps and gullies and the Palivacinni itself is a steep chute which is one of the longest and steepest bump runs...

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Pal Resort Guide

Resort Profile Pal is a quiet and picturesque village lying on the western side of Andorra, very near the principality’s capital, La Vella. It is often overlooked in favour of it¹s better known neighbour, Arinsal (5km away) and the 2 villages share a lift pass. High altitude, north-facing slopes and superb snow-making facilities optimise good conditions when temperatures are low enough and a long season. The ski area is situated in a heavily wooded area, a short bus trip away from the village. There are 4 different ‘base stations’ all accessible by the road and all interlinked by lifts. This spread out system means that crowds are dispersed and queues are very rare. Mid week the slopes are often deserted but do get busier at weekends when local skiers arrive. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1780m Top Station 2365m Bottom Station 1780m Vertical Descent 585m Drag Lifts 11 Chair lifts 3 High Capacity 0 Opens Mid Dec – Mid April Expert Rating 3 Intermediate Rating 7 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating 5 Snow Reliability 6 Mountain Info The skiing is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Beginners will benefit from the friendly guidance offered by the local ski instructors on the gentle slopes of La Caubell. Progress can then be made higher up at the top station – Pi de Cubil, where a number of interesting blue and reds...

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