There is no questions, the United States has a lot of ski resorts. No wonder, each area has it specialty, whether it is a long winter, fluffy powder or close to urban centers, or tucked in the mountains where no one can find you. We've found that with each resort there offer a wide variety services to take advantage of their unique locations.
West Coast Ski ResortsWe're trying hard each year to experience more of the West Coast ski resorts as it is warmer, the sun is brighter, there is more snow, and here you ski on fluffy white powder instead of a block of ice... sorry east coast, but this is one thing the west does better. Either way we home you ski more and work less!
Big BearFor those on the west coast, the resorts in California are the most popular and people travel from Arizona, Nevada, Mexico, Oregon and Washington to come and try the snow. The locals from Los Angeles take quick trips to Big Bear as it is only 2.5 hours from Los Angeles. It is a rustic old town at the top of the mountains, sitting on a big lake. You can make your Big Bear Reservations for top quality vacation rental units from this family owned business which can really help you get the right property at the right price.
Mammoth MountainFor some of the best skiing is at Mammoth Mountain. Consistently rated as one of the Top 10 resorts in the United States. There are more runs that you can do in a day, and they by far have the longest ski season usually from mid November to Memorial Day in May. You can find things to do and good Mammoth Reservations. If you're looking for upscale, high end Mammoth Lakes luxury rentals, Mammoth Sierra Lodging carries them exclusively. If you're on a budget you might try the Motels in Mammoth which offer basic and clean accommodations. We recently discovered this Mammoth Lakes Blog which has an interesting collection of information.
You can find things to do and good Mammoth information. If you're looking for a ski chalet We also like the accommodations at the Mammoth Lodge. You will find more information on this fabulous place in our Mammoth Lakes hotels area. You should plan on going at least once in your lifetime.
Lake TahoeLocals from San Francisco and those driving from the north go to Lake Tahoe. This resort has more ski areas than even in Colorado and at last count that was 14!. For a north Tahoe vacation you might want to try Northstar Ski Resort or Squaw Valley. They are located about 20 minutes apart and a truly different. Squaw has it's own village and locals love the mountain because of the terrain. Northstar is like the "Beaver Creek" of Vail. Groomed, well mannered and full of upscale restaurants and activities. On the south side of the lake, you'll want to get your thrills at Heavenly Valley Mountain Resort which is actually in both the towns of Stateline and South Lake Tahoe.
Heavenly Valley is big, as is the town, so plan on staying extra just to take in the shows at the casinos or hop on a boat for a lake tour. You may want to pop up to the north and ski some of the resorts in North Lake Tahoe including Squaw Valley, Northstar and Diamond Peak in Incline Village. It's a 45 - 60 minute drive from one shore to the next, so guests often just stay a few nights at each place. If you want to get some unbiased information on traveling in Lake Tahoe, consider reading this collection of articles on Tahoe.
Colorado Ski ResortsOn our latest vacation we wanted to try some of the less well known places to ski in Colorado. Our first stop was the Keystone Resort. While the resort is a man-made Disneyesque western style town, the place was an ideal family destination and quite the find for this little ski town in the heart of Colorado. One of our favorite set of slopes is over at the Steamboat Springs ski resort. The difference here, is that Steamboat Springs is a real western town and in summer every event seems to be centered around a rodeos. We also went on some culinary adventures and the food here is wonderful and inspired by locally grown 4 leggers!
Oregon Ski ResortsThe only true place to be called a resort is at MT. Bachelor. Tucked just outside Redmond, this is another hidden mining town and quieter but quite nice skiing. Ironically, a lot of Oregonians come down to California for their ski vacations. You might wonder why... we don't care as long as they book their reservations with us!
Utah Ski ResortsOn our most recent vacations in Utah, we had to try the resort that we hear the most hoopla about, so we got in the car and drove and found some Deer Valley lodging on the spot. Not something I would recommend but hearing about the massive snowfall and the slope manicured, we did anyway. The slopes are actually located in their own town, but right near Park City, Utah. This is the place for well groomed manicured slopes. Even on the most advanced runs, we still had our choice of groomed or ungroomed. The Deer Valley resort maintains a strict policy of "no snowboards". It is part of their exclusive attitude, and while we often like to ride, not having our board on that vacation, did not limit or fun in any way. We had a great time.