Top North American Ski Resorts
Copious amounts of snow, meticulous piste grooming, state of the art lifts and near-deserted slopes. Skiing in North America is something so many of us overlook, mainly due to a combination of higher flight prices and longer travelling times, but for those who take the plunge its normally a decision they find hard to reverse.
The ski resorts of North America are filled with high end accommodation, and there is a resort for everyone. From party town to quaint hidden villages, if you know where to look – and are happy to pay the premium for the transatlantic travel – you will find your perfect ski holiday in North America. Lessons and lift passes also come at a higher price in most American resorts than you are used to paying in Europe, however the weather, snow levels and standard of tuition often make up for that in a heartbeat.
No North American Ski Guide would be able to start with anything but a Colorado gem. Breckenridge offers visitors an impressive 2900 acres of slopes, made up of five lift and piste-linked ski areas. For the beginners in the group there are easy to navigate chairlifts, magic carpets in the nursery areas and great ski school packages – and for those more advanced there are some fantastic runs to be found above the treeline. The village itself is full of old-town Victorian charm, and is not often seen without snow on the ground during the ski season. Breckenridge is also relatively good value for money compared to many other US ski resorts, however due to its high altitude of almost 3000m above sea level some visitors do suffer slightly with altitude sickness, so a night or two in Denver first ahead of your climb up the mountain could be a good idea.
Set high in California’s Sierra Nevada, combining 400 inches of annual snow with 300 days of sunshine, Mammoth Mountain rises above the trees to an impressive 3350m above sea level. Not always known for its skiing, this charming town set in the shadow of Yosemite National Park has undergone a major redevelopment over recent years that has seen the addition of condos, restaurants and bars linked by gondola and ski trail to the base of the mountain. Mammoth is the closest resort to LA, and thanks to its newly expanded airport the resort can host direct flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, making it easier than ever to reach its 150 runs, 28 lifts and 9 terrain parks, and with a ski season often lasting well into May (one of the longest ski seasons on the continent) Mammoth isn’t going to be a Newbie for long.
Red Lodge, Montana
A firm favourite with families, Red Lodge has a laid back charm that will have you returning again and again. The historic down-town was once home to Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill, but now you are more likely to see coffee shops, art galleries and ski families in the know stomping the streets. Red Lodge Mountain Resort isn’t huge, it has just 65 runs set in 1600 acres, however what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in personality. Crowds here are non-existent and first-time skier packages (including lift pass, tuition and equipment hire) start from just $49 – the perfect way to find out if North American ski holidays are for you.
If you are going away skiing or snowboarding don’t forget to take out your travel insurance. Winter Sports cover is included in our Annual Multi-Trip polices for 17 days up to the age of 70 (medical restrictions apply) and is also available as an add on with our Single Trip polices. Our Winter Sports cover provides you with cover for skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and many other winter activities (see policy wording for a full list of activities). Cover also includes:
- Winter sports equipment
- Ski pack
- Avalanche cover
- Ski hire
- Piste closure