FOR US, USA IS 5 STARS FOR:

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IT’S SHEER NATURAL BEAUTY AND EXPANSIVE SKI TERRAIN

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CHARMING DOWN-TO-EARTH TOWNS AND FRIENDLY LOCALS

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FAMILY FRIENDLY RESORTS WITH WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES

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VALUE FOR MONEY AND FAVOURABLE EXCHANGE RATE

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GREAT ALL-ROUNDERS – MOST RESORTS CATER WELL FOR ALL LEVELS AND STYLES

About

Canada offers a resort for everyone! From North America’s largest resort, Whistler Blackcomb, to family friendly favourites such as Sun Peaks, Panorama and SilverStar. For the adventurous you can’t beat North America’s highest vertical in Revelstoke or the wild majestic terrain of UNESCO protected Banff National Park.

On top of that it also offers buckets of light dry powder per season, fantastic ski schools, friendly and charming local towns all surrounded by some pretty spectacular scenery. Not to mention super convenient ski-in ski-out facilities + lots of awesome après & activities such as ice hockey games, dog sledding, ice fishing and alpine fondue dinners.

When to Go

December: is a wonderful time to go and experience a White Christmas Winter Wonderland! However late December can get expensive plus you will be sharing the slopes with a lot of North Americans during their Christmas break.

January school holidays: is a great option that is a little cheaper and less crowded than late December, yet snow is bucketing. Prime time for Australian families.

Feb/March: Best conditions for prices, powder and Bluebird days! Weather is generally a little milder + many resorts experience their highest snowfalls late Feb/Early March when prices (and crowds!) are less.

April: Some resorts such as Banff and Lake Louise and Whistler have super long snow-laden seasons so skiing in April (& Easter school holidays) is a great value option!

Resorts best for...

Families with younger or school aged kids: Sun Peaks, SilverStar, Panorama, Big White, Whistler
Families with older kids: Banff and Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Fernie
Thrillseekers: Revelstoke, Kicking Horse
50+: Big White, Sun Peaks
Snowfall: Fernie, Whistler, Revelstoke
Apres: Whistler, Sun Peaks, Banff
Terrain Parks: Whistler, Big White
Fewer Crowds: SilverStar, Panorama, Fernie

Things to consider

Renting a car is easy in Canada and there are lots of fantastic road trips. Talk to us about exploring, for example, the epic resorts along the famed Powder Highway in B.C.

The earlier you book the better – the best and cheapest flights and accommodation (particularly for late Dec/Jan) sell out so book early. Also pre-book your kids ski lessons, they do sell out, particularly in January!

Resorts such as Whistler and Banff can get quite crowded with North Americans in late December & President’s weekend in mid-February and Australians in January.

A lot of places offer inter-resort shuttles so talk to us about the opportunity to up you ski fix and ski more than one resort.

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Resorts

Aspen Snowmass

Located in Pitkin County in Western Colorado is the world famous Aspen Ski & Snowboard Resort.  Enriched in history and surrounded by amazing mountains that cover all types of skiing in the renowned Colorado Champagne Powder, Aspen/Snowmass offers it all.  With a wide range of shops, dining, entertainment and activities, Aspen has something for everyone.

Aspen/Snowmass comprises 4 skiing/snowboarding areas on four adjacent mountains in the vicinity of the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass, each linked by a free shuttle bus and all areas are skiable on the 1 ticket. Accommodation is located in Aspen town or over in Snowmass Village, which offers ski in ski out properties. Accommodation ranges from hotels, suites, apartments and in both areas and there is a range for every budget.  We offer great deals and packages that can include flights, lift passes, ski/snowboard equipment and ski school.  Some of the properties on offer are: The Westin Snowmass, The Gant, The Crestwood Apartments, Woodrun Place Snowmass, Fifth Avenue & Independence Square to name a few.

 

Steamboat

Never far from it’s ranching roots, Steamboat remains firmly linked to the western tradition that sets it apart from every other resort. Whether you stay at the base village or at the old town, the hospitality is personal and genuine – remarkable for a resort that ranks among the five largest in the USA. 

Steamboat is home to some fantastic ‘champagne powder’ snow and you will find some of the best tree skiing in the world here. In the last few years many major on-mountain improvements have happened at the Steamboat Ski Area – all  designed to make your visit to Steamboat better! Look forward to enhanced terrain to challenge all levels of ability, faster and more comfortable chairlifts, expanded culinary options and remodelled restaurants, boasting over 100 bars and restaurants, high-tech snowmaking and much more.  Steamboat offers skiers and snowboarders four different terrain parks to get that adrenalin pumping, which are easily accessed by two chairlifts, Christie Peak Express and Bashor Chairlift which means more runs for fun!  Voted No.1 Family Resort in the West by Ski Magazine due to it’s renowned ski and snowboard school and the kids ski free program (conditions apply).  We offer great deals and packages that can include flights, accommodation, lift passes, ski/board hire & ski school.  Some of the properties on offer include: Sheraton Steamboat, The Steamboat Grand, Trailhead Lodge & Dulany at the Gondola.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge is one of the most popular and most visited ski resorts in  the world boasting 5 huge mountain peaks interlinked with a modern lift system offering 2,908 acres of long, fun groomed runs, mogels,  8 awesome powder bowls and includes 5 terrain parks & 2 half pipes,! With a massive annual snow fall of 9m, the quality of the snow is light, dry & fluffy with an amazing 300 days of sunshine! Perfect conditions for all mountain lovers.  The family friendly town of Breckenridge is a charming and carefully preserved historic gold-mining town, giving the town an interesting and genuine feel with awe-inspiring views.  The locals are known for their friendliness, authenticity & free spirit! Breckenridge offers a great variety of restaurants, bars & retail shops, the nightlife is also good for those party goers.  Breckenridge caters to both skiers and snowboarders and all age and experience levels.   Let us put together a great package deal for the you.  Some of the properties on offer are:  The Village Hotel Breckenridge & Beaver Run Resort.

Vail

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5.200 acres of skiable terrain,  Colorado’s Vail Mountain is one of the world’s premier skiing destinations and has served passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years.  From it’s seven wonderful back bowls providing unbeatable ‘champagne’ powder and miles of groomed cruisers, to it’s luxurious accommodations, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and heated footpaths, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.

The village itself blends the best of US hospitality with a real European charm –atmospheric bars and rustic restaurant line the narrow pedestrian streets whilst in the evenings the village has a real buzz. This is a truly great resort that everyone will love.  We can put a package together for you to create an unforgettable snow holiday experience.  Some of the properties on offer in Vail are: Antlers at Vail, Montaneros – Vail, The Lodge at Vail & The Holiday Inn at Vail.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is a luxury ski resort situated in a gated alpine village, just west of Vail and near the town of Avon, Colorado.  With it’s snowcapped mountains, slopeside accommodations, impeccably manicured terrain, that is groomed 20 hrs per day, Beaver Creek combines old world charm with modern day luxury.  The mountain is known for it’s world class restaurants, shopping, family friendly atmosphere and it’s suited to both skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Visitors will find shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants all connected by heated walkways and escalators.  ‘Home to the World Cup, Beaver Creek always strives for the gold and is 100% powered by wind – demonstrating its winning promise to be environmentally friendly’  Some of the accommodation packages on offer include: The Charter, Beaver Creek and St James Place.

Telluride

The unique and majestic Town of Telluride is nestled in a box canyon, surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks,  in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Telluride’s spectacular scenery is undeniably some of the most beautiful in the Rockies. Turn of the century buildings, quaint bakeries and local watering holes blend with luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, sophisticated shops and exquisite spas in Telluride’s historic downtown and the European Mountain Village  Both the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village are connected by a free Gondola, so getting around is easy.  Living up to its reputation for legendary terrain, Telluride has recently opened the spectacular Revelation Bowl, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Stairs to go along with easy cruising from the top of the mountain, and one of the most expansive learning areas in the Rockies .  With its combination of awe-inspiring views, world-class terrain, Rockies snow, an easygoing town, and hassle-free destination, Telluride is truly ‘Unmatched in North America’.  Telluride averages more than 300” of snow and 300 days of sunshine per year.  The resort offers over 2000 skiable acres in some of the most beautiful scenery in North America.  Best of all, Telluride’s massive size and 18 chair lifts means you’ll rarely see a lift a lift.  Talk to us about package deals to Telluride and let us do the work for you.  Some of the accommodation options in Telluride include: Hotel Madeline, Lorian Apartments, Camels Garden, Blue Mesa Lodge, Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge.

Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a scenic 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Jackson and due south of Grand Teton National Park inTeton County. With 2,500 acres of legendary inbounds terrain, a 1261 metres vertical rise, 11.6 metres of average snowfall each winter and unparalleled backcountry access, Jackson Hole offers a truly unique winter experience for both beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders. Two distinct mountains in the heart of the Tetons – Rendezvous and Apres Vous – make up Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and have been home to incredible skiing and snowboarding for the past 40 years.  Sitting at 8,841-feet, Après Vous Mountain offers exciting skiing on more friendly slopes for those who are in the beginner to intermediate level. In addition, you can ride a gondola, three quad chairs, a triple chair, double chair and Poma lift. The resort also features a half-pipe, terrain park and Kids Ranch, which provides supervised day care.    Whether you’re experiencing “The Big One’s” wild, untamed terrain, rolling, wide-open groomers, or you’re just getting out on the snow for the first time, it’s bound to be an experience you’ll never forget.  Situated at the base of the mountain in Teton Village, are many fine accommodation options, bars and fine restaurants.  Some of the hotel packages in Teton Village include Hotel Terra, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Snake River Lodge & Spa, Teton Village Condos.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain ski area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California with 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, 28 lifts, 150 runs (the longest being nearly 4kms), 7 terrain parks and 2 superpipes to keep skiers and snowboarders busy all winter long.  The peak elevation is 3,369 meters making Mammoth the Top of California.  This elevation ensures a long season, starting in early November and continuing through into June.  Mammoth Mountain located along the Eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range nestled on the border of Yosemite National Park, the scenery is breathtaking offering you stunning views as you ski this first class resort.  With 3 base areas each having accommodation, restaurants and ski school, crowds are kept to a minimum.  The Village at Mammoth and downtown Mammoth are social hubs, thriving with restuarants, night life and retail shops.    We have some great deals to Mammoth with some of the hotel options including Village Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Inn and Juniper Springs Resort.

Insider Tip

Insider Tip: From classic Western cowboy roots, to laid-back Californian charm to flashy glitz and glam – America ’ s 40 resorts have something for everyone.

Michael Cohen, BPT Travel Specialist

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