They Prove To Be Our Top 5 Ski Resorts For These Reasons
It’s no surprise that we love the snow. As soon as winter hits we get planning, doing our best to take advantage of as many mountains as we can get our hands (or our feet) on. This journey may be endless, but we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. After exploring over 20 ski resorts, we have decided to share with you 5 that truly stood out to us for various reasons, because let’s be honest, we all love the sport differently. Here is what we came up with.
Ok, let’s just get this out of the way. Chamonix is the benchmark and a place that all other mountains strive to be when it comes to adventure! The resorts themselves have some of the longest runs in the world and with a view to die for. There’s nothing like skiing down next to Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe at 15,774 feet. I was lucky enough to ride the Vallee Blanche, which is a 14-mile descent down on glacier. Yup, you heard that right. The on-and-off piste runs are exhilarating but if that’s not enough, head out mountaineering into the backcountry or have a helicopter drop you off. This place has it all!
2. Best For East Coast Snow - Jay Peak
The east coast isn’t known to be the snow-heaven compared to the west coast and its abundance of mountains. But there is a place that grabs just as much snow as anywhere on the west coast, sometimes more. Jay Peak straddles the border of Vermont and Canada and averages 355 inches of snowfall each year. Thanks to the notorious “Jay Cloud”, us east coasters can get a taste of consistent powder without flying out west. This isolated beauty should be visited by all.
3. Best Scenery - Banff, Canada
It’s no surprise that Banff is an outdoorsman's paradise. Thousands of visitors from around the globe visit Banff all year long for its endless activities. Banff National Park provides several ski resorts Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Norquay, all providing endless stellar views of the Canadian Rockies that quickly remind you of how small you are on this Earth. From downtown, you are greeted with mountains in the near distance, and as little as 15 minutes down the road you can ride at your first resort, snowshoe, ice climb, skate, you name it. Hundreds of trails are available to you to get lost and enjoy all that the National Park has to offer. A one of a kind beauty.
There was just something about Jackson Hole and the Tetons that just consume anyone that visits. Skiing next to the Grand Teton herself was a treat and infectious at the same time. On the ski resort itself it can feel like you are in the backcountry with basically no boundaries. Plenty of options in-bounds to strap your skis or board to your back and hike to find some fresh pow-stashes. Everyone on that mountain is serious about riding all day and sharing the stoke. Easily one of the best places to tune out the rest of the world and focus on the turns!
5. Best Apres - Park City, Utah
I don’t know about you, but after a strenuous day on the mountain, nothing sounds better than quenching your thirst with a cold brewski and some live music. We always feel the need to treat ourselves after surviving the day in the cold, ice, powder, wind, or whatever Mother Nature throws at you mid-ride. Park City knew precisely how to fuel our fire.
Apres seems to always be in full effect in PC. Sometimes you just want to socialize and have fun, ski second, which makes this the perfect stop for families with various interests. Fire pits, live music, good eats can be found right at the base of the mountain making pit stops tempting before each gondola ride up. The downtown will not disappoint knowing how to lure you in, keeping those good times going strong all night long.