Ski Season Central: Where To Go
I freely admit I am not much of a skier. I grew up playing an assorted long list of sports, but much to the disappointment of everyone who finds out I grew up in the glorious Rocky Mountains (which should have, by default, made me a pro) but skiing, snowboarding and skating eluded me. BUT I am a big fan of snow, the great outdoors and Après Ski.
While I have visited the beautiful usual suspects (Whistler! Banff! Aspen! Vail! Val d’Isere!), I don’t have the glamorous ski bandwith to have fully participated in these destinations. So I visited Ski Magazine, The Telegraph, CN Traveler and more to get some insight on where to go this year for Ski Resorts.
According to the Ski Mag editors, the best (North American) resorts for 2019 are below, BUT I know enough about Alberta (not even listed!?), British Columbia and Colorado to know that there is a lot missing in my humble opinion:
- Skier’s Mountain: Alta, Utah
- Extreme Terrain—Northwest: Big Sky, Mont.
- Hidden Gem: Bridger Bowl, Mont.
- Next Best Places: Brundage, Idaho
- Hidden Gem: Cannon, N.H.
- Top Ski Town: Crested Butte, Colo.
- Extreme Terrain—Western Canada: Kicking Horse, B.C.
- Extreme Terrain—Far West: Kirkwood, Calif.
- Terrain Parks: Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
- Top Ski Town: Park City, Utah
- Next Best Places: Powder Mountain, Utah
- Next Best Place: Revelstoke, B.C.
- Top Ski Towns: Stowe, Vt.
The Telegraph offered a largely European focused list of readers favorite resorts:
- Thorens, France
- Ischgl, Austria
- Megève, France
- Lech, Austria
- Méribel, France
- Alpe d’Huez, France
- Obergurgl, Austria
- Cervinia, Italy
- Mayrhofen, Austria
- Zermatt, Switzerland
- Morzine, France
- Les Arcs, France
- Tignes, France
- La Plagne, France
- Courmayeur, Italy
- Val d’Isère, France
- Courchevel, France
- Les Deux Alpes, France
- Chamonix, France
- St Anton, Austria
For now, I may stick with an occasional trip up the mountain, and perhaps some cross-country skiing (hell of a workout), and if you need to – don’t be afraid to start small. I have found both Big Bear in California and Bear Mountain in NY have been helpful in getting up my confidence. And if my friends can’t find me on the hill, they can find me in the cabin with a Hot Toddy. Good luck, be safe x
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)