By Kacie Jones
The U.S. boasts some of the best and most challenging terrains for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. From the steepest to the deepest terrains, skiers and riders get the chance to have fun and enjoy the mountains.
Whiteface Lake Placid
It is one of the Adirondack Mountains’ highest peaks with a ski terrain for expert and novice skiers and riders. Whiteface has the longest unbroken runs and best on-piste terrain in the East. Lake Placidtown offers activities such as ice-skating, dog-sledding, toboggan rides, sightseeing and Olympic sites.
It has over 4,000 vertical feet of the steepest and toughest terrains in the country. The mountain resort draws beginner and expert skiers and snowboarders. In summer, guests can enjoy hiking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and tram rides. Apart from skiing, winter visitors enjoy snowshoeing and the 17km cross country ski track.
The ski resort hosts some of the steepest and deepest varied terrains in North America. It is an iconic ski destination in Colorado with over 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrains. Telluride was once referred as “To Hell You Ride” during its mining days. Annually, the snow averages more than 300 inches. It is a fun town for discoveries.
A huge vertical (1,343 meters) forms much of its acreage. Snowmass ski resort has a lot of flat tracks during powder days. It also boasts a mix of Cirque surface lift, slower lifts and school lifts for novices. Snowmass is mostly covered with intermediate trails and some of the wide blue cruisers go on forever. It is a good spot for intermediates to increase their confidence.
The mountain offers the best cross-country skiing trails. It has the longest vertical drop (2,160 feet) with an average annual snowfall of 333 inches. Stowe consists of one high-speed summit Gondola, one Inter-Mountain transfer Gondola, three high-speed Quads and two surface lifts. It is usually flocked by intermediates (59 percent). Its trap trails have more diversity than Lake Placid’s Olympic trails.
The Highlands have tons of expert terrain and groomed cruisers with spectacular views of the Maroon Bells mountain peaks. Aspen Highlands’ terrain is a skier’s paradise to hike the 12,392 foot Highland Bowl. It is also one of the toughest big-mountain terrains in North-America, with 16 percent of slopes cater for the easiest trails while 36 percent for the expert trails.
Park City Mountain
It is home to more than 3,300 skiable acres with a mix of all types of skiers and riders terrains. ParkCity offers marvelous skiing with powdered snow. The resort is located above the main street in the heart of Utah’s ParkCity. It is less crowded than Colorado ski mountains, hence a perfect escape for singles and families.
It is the biggest ski playground (5,200 acres) in the U.S. with seven well-known Back Bowls. Vail also has the most groomed terrain in the world. For 300 days in a year, families and friends can reconnect here under its blue skies. It houses world-class athletes during the Burton U .S. Open (snowboard championship) and the U.S. Ski Team.
With so much to do besides skiing, Vail offers winter activities such as zip lining, tubing and snowshoeing. Moreover, guests can experience the most efficient and fun ski days ever through sensational eateries on and off the mountains, a variety of bars and shopping within or nearby towns.
Kacie Jones is a professional content writer and blogger from UK who shares her travel experiences. Her hobbies include travelling, trekking, Tech, Health, parenting and cooking. She is currently working on a project apply for esta that provide visa service to enter into U.S.