Plan to gather up the kids and head to the hills during the school breaks next winter. No need to head to warmer climes - winter can be snowy, yet mild, and perfect for a family vacation with plenty of activities such as cross country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing. According to the experts, who regularly update XCSkiResorts.com, the nation's top XC ski resorts are exceedingly family-friendly with lots to enjoy together both on the snow and off. What families want and need is exactly what an xc ski vacation delivers: multi-generational participation, quality time and shared memories.
With 220 inches of snow in just in February alone, California’s Bear Valley Resort - nestled between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite - is primed for the spring skiing and riding season.
Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort has been blessed with massive amounts of snow this season, and the spring skiing and riding season is setting up to be the best in recent memory. Over the past week alone Telluride has received more than five feet of snow and boasts a base depth of more than nine feet!
With a massive snowmaking system, Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort often sports a deeper base depth than many resorts that receive far greater amounts of natural snowfall. This week’s SnoCountry/Pepsi Resort of the week can make snow with a flip of the switch to offer fresh turns pretty much every morning that Mother Nature allows.
Big! Powder! Paradise!
There is no other way to describe Utah’s Powder Mountain, which has already received 215 inches of snowfall this season and currently sports a 90-inch base covering more than 8,400 acres of terrain - the most skiable terrain in North America!
Since 1946, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin - or as the locals call it A-Basin - has offered skiers and snowboarders some of the most challenging terrain found at any ski area in North America. But over the years, numerous expansions off the backside of the 13,050-foot summit have opened up additional terrain opportunities for intermediate skiers and riders.
Hunter Mountain is the closest major ski resort to New York City, and thanks to a $9 million expansion for the 2018-2019 season, skiers and riders have another great reason to take exit 20 on the New York State Thruway.
About 100 years ago up Monarch Pass, hard-rock miners relaxed by strapping on seven-foot skis and tried to make it to the bottom of Gunbarrel Hill without falling. No one knew how to turn, but they recognized the thrill of downhill skiing – a thrill that would forever live on at Monarch Mountain.
Long before Disney World, MGM, Universal, and all the rest, Wisconsin Dells, in the south-central portion of Wisconsin, was entertaining visitors with natural wonders. Dell’s guided boat trips on the Wisconsin River through glacial carved canyons of sandstone have been going on for over a century.
Just having returned from my first summer visit to the Galena, Illinois, area and Chestnut Mountain I was blown away by the scenic beauty of the region and all it has to offer visitors.
Golfers are a lot like skiers. Skiers are in search of that secret stash of fresh powder, that perfect run, and golfers are looking for that unique, out-of-the-way course that has captured the attention of the golf writers across the nation.
"I'm over it," my friend Susan said to me as I described my day at Alta.. "The traffic, the scene, the waiting in line everywhere. I don't need it. I can go to Solitude." She's right I thought as I paced myself through the last 24 hours. A storm had just raged over Tahoe and was headed our way.