Author: Kevin

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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Mount Hotham Ski Resort

Resort Profile With some of the most challenging steep skiing on the continent, Mount Hotham can be exciting for all levels. The beginners area are located at the top of the mountain by the purpose built village whereas the more advanced skiers set off from the village and drop down through the trees to the valley floor. It is higher and more exposed to the elements and therefore has a high annual snowfall, season runs from mid July to mid September. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1450m Top Station 1845m Bottom Station 1450m Vertical Descent 395m Drag Lifts 3 Chair lifts 7 High Capacity 0 Opens June – Oct Expert Rating 6 Intermediate Rating 6 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating 6 Snow Reliability 6 Mountain Info The beginners fields are located at the top of the mountain whereas the more advanced skiers set off from the village and drop down through the trees to the valley floor. Nursery slopes are good and well located and the challenging runs are quite steep. Accommodation & Apres Ski Accommodation is at Dinner Plain which is 10km away and linked by free bus, or at the ski area at the imaginatively named Mount Hotham Central. This complex of restaurants, cafes, bars and apartments is best placed, right at the top of the ski area. Food and apres ski at Hotham Central is good...

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Ski les Arcs – The Chalet Bonjour-Père Marie

LES ARCS – there’s something for everyone! Yes it really is true! Whether you want one of biggest ski areas in the world, tree lined skiing, amazing off piste, speed skiing, snow parks, speed riding with sail, tobogganing or the longest red run in the world, it’s all here. LES ARCS – part of the massive Paradiski area This huge Savoyard ski area is part of Paradiski, linking les Arcs and la Plagne, with the amazing Vanoise Express cable car, the largest double decker in Europe. There are 425 kilometres of runs linked by 141 lifts and split into 475 separate pistes. 71% of the ski runs are at heights in excess of 2,000 metres, with skiing from glaciers at over 3,000 metres. It is possible to ski all day from one village to another, exploring this beautiful region, using the matrix of connecting lifts. LES ARCS – tree lined skiing There is amazing tree lined skiing covering the area to our Chalet Bonjour-Père Marie in le Pré. This is ideal for windy or blizzard days, giving much a improved perspective in low light. Other excellent tree lined skiing can be found in the area around Peisey. LES ARCS – off piste There are superb off piste possibilities in les Arcs, some safe and others requiring high altitude guides. One of the best thrills for the off piste skier...

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The Lecht Resort Guide

Resort Profile The Lecht suffers from being a relatively long drive from the Central Belt of Scotland, but is an excellent friendly, compact beginners’ and early intermediates’ centre and attracts a strong following from Aberdeen and the North East of the country. Continued investment in snowmaking and grooming equipment has meant that, despite the relatively low elevation, there is usually decent beginners and early intermediates runs open when other low lying runs are incomplete. As long a temperatures are low enough then the centre will be making snow, particularly on the lower runs. It is however quite a remote centre lying on the infamous A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road and the base station is a collection of smaller buildings: a licensed restaurant/café, ski and board hire, ski and snowboard school. The nearest accommodation is in the village of Corgarff and in the picturesque village of Tomintoul. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 643m Top Station 823m Bottom Station 643m Vertical Descent 180m Drag Lifts 12 Chair lifts 1 High Capacity 0 Opens Dec – April Expert Rating 3 Intermediate Rating 6 Beginner Rating 7 Apres-Ski Rating 5 Snow Reliability 5 Mountain Info Certainly best suited to beginners and early intermediates The Lecht also has a couple of steeper runs which are actually ratified as intermational slalom pistes. Most of the runs are set on one side of a fairly shallow...

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Killington Resort Guide

Resort Profile Another resort which claims the title of the world’s most extensive snowmaking facility, but in truth among Killington’s extensive complement of superlatives their snowmaking operation is huge. It is also set on the East’s biggest mountain, with the East’s biggest vertical drop, longest runs, and biggest grooming fleet. Certainly the whole mountain area is well covered with snowmaking, but the East’s biggest ski area needs it. Skiing and boarding terrain is plentiful and varied but the weather is nowhere near as reliable as Colorado or California, either in terms of overhead or snowfall. Killington’s skiing and boarding is spread out over six different mountains, and the accommodation, entertainment and retail facilities are just as spread out. The shuttle bus service around the resort is essential, even to get from some lodging centres and village hubs. A car might be considered a worthwhile asset. The nightlife is vibrant and varied. Killington has built a reputation for being as much fun off the slopes as it is on. The Snowshed slopeside building complex and its Killington Grand Hotel are probably the closest there is to a village centre, but the elongated ribbon development makes for a very widespread layout. There are plentiful lodges, inns, condos and apartment to stay in, and the Likkington prides itself in its very competitive all inclusive deals. Killington has a great choice of eating...

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