Planning a Ski Trip

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Planning a Ski Trip

By Dave M., Ski Expert

In my 30+ years of booking ski tours I have had the good fortune to have skied (yes skied not boarded) almost every major ski area in the USA and Canada. I have also gone Heli Skiing and Cat Skiing. I feel that to write an article on one particular ski area would be doing a dis service so here are some thoughts about some of my favorite ski areas.

First of all my favorite ski area is Vail, Colorado. The amount of terrain is so vast they say that if you do not like the weather just head for the other side of the mountain as it can sometimes be sunny on one side of the mountainand snowing in another! Vail has it all from Powder skiing on the Back Bowls to High Speed Cruising on the groomed runs. The night life at Bridge Street and Lion’s Head Village cannot be beat!

If you are looking for Glitz and night life Aspen, Colorado, the home of the Winter X games is for!

Want a more down home country feel where you can ski in your Cowboy Hat, try Steamboat Springs Colorado. In my opinion Steamboat has the lightest powder anywhere!

What is the best priced option for skiing? That would be staying in one of the hundreds of hotels in downtown Salt Lake where you will be just 45 minutes or so from 7 major Ski areas!

I could go on and on writing about huge ski areas such as Whistler/Blackcomb Canada featuring there gravity defying gondola, to tiny areas such as Bogus Basin, Idaho where you can literally ski to the doorstep of your on hill condominium after night skiing…….But this now brings me to the main point of my article.

If you want to book the best vacation possible, especially a Ski Vacation, you need to use an experienced Travel Agent! How else would you know that if you go Banff Canda or Jacksonhole Wyoming in December it could be so cold that you will never leave your condo? What if you decide to go Snowboarding in Deer Valley only to find out upon arrival that they do not allow snowboards their? Should you rent equipment or pay the cost to bring it on the plane? Who normally has the best Spring Skiing?

For these and the hundreds of other questions that come up when booking a Ski Vacation there is just no substitute for an experienced travel agent!


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