The lifts are about to start spinning on the groomed mountain slopes of the east and west coasts as the US slides into its ski season.
Vast resort towns in the shadows of the Rockies, Sierra Nevada and Catskills mountains are brought back to life under blankets of snow come winter as lively après haunts welcome snow sports enthusiasts in for a craft brew or hearty fondue.
From the glitz and glam of Aspen’s famed pistes to the thrilling double black diamond trails of Utah’s Park City, America’s slopes certainly don’t run short of varied downhill terrain for intrepid and newbie skiers to master.
Here are some of the best ski resorts in the States for a snowswept holiday, where stacks of powder and snug stays guarantee a 2023/24 trip to remember.
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Five peaks, a network of 35 lifts and 2,908 acres of varied terrain make up “Breck” Mountain resort in Colorado’s Rockies, which includes the highest ski lift in North America – the 3,914m Imperial Express Superchair. Shedloads of snow bless the pistes during the November to May season, so it’s no surprise that Breckenridge draws in the Denver crowds from just over two hours away.
Off-slope, picture pastel buildings on Breckenridge’s vintage Main Street, where indulgent grab-n-go eats meet no-fuss haute cuisine and a buzzing après scene.
How to ski in Breckenridge
Crystal Ski Holidays has seven nights at the ski-in/ski-out Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, complete with an onsite chairlift just a 10-minute walk from Main Street. The slopeside hotel features nine hot tubs, two swimming pools and even a mini golf course for the ultimate downtime in the Gold Rush town. Room only from £1,702pp, including return flights from London Heathrow, 23kg of luggage per person and airport transfers. Departs 9 April 2024.
Park City, Utah
This Utah resort took to the global winter sports stage when it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the Wasatch Mountains are a dreamy backdrop for a whole host of snow-based recreational activities. Think riding a “fat bike”…