Winter is upon us! Here are some of the best places to enjoy yourself on the slopes and practice skiing like a pro.
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Jackson Hole is best known for the steep runs and backcountry access — here you can enjoy more than 3,000 acres of backcountry and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Snowboarding is allowed on the entire mountain and there are two terrain parks and a superpipe to practice your tricks! Aside from the amazing ski area, Jackson Hole strives to keep its resort as eco-friendly as possible so that it does not disrupt the Yellowstone eco-system in which it is nestled.
Taos is probably the most well-known ski resort in New Mexico and with the close proximity to Santa Fe, there is no wonder why this New Mexico treasure has seen such popularity. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year and reasonably priced life tickets, Taos is a ski vacationer's paradise. If you are looking for a quiet getaway while being able to enjoy 110 crowd-free trails, this is your ski destination.
Mont Tremblant is considered the number one ski resort in Quebec and in eastern North America. There are 95 trails and 18 acres of rails, ramps and jumps perfect for any skier or snowboarder who wants to push his limits. Mont Tremblant also offers an Olympic caliber superpipe, which makes this an ideal ski area for people who want to perfect their skills. The runs are mixed, providing a great ski escape for everyone.
Perisher Blue is great for those devoted skiers and snowboarders who cannot seem to get enough of winter! Perisher Blue is Australia's largest ski resort — it consists of seven peaks, six terrain parks and one superpipe. The majority of the runs are intermediate; however, there are enough beginner and expert runs for those starting out or those looking for some excitement.
Park City was the official venue of the 2002 Winter Games and with the 108 trails, one super pipe and four terrain parks, one of which is lighted for night skiing and riding, you can see why. This ski area is spread over seven peaks and nine bowls, giving any adventure-seeker plenty of riding space. Since the majority of the trails are intermediate to difficult, you can show-off plenty if you are an experienced skier/rider. If you are just starting out, Park City offers great beginner runs as well.
For a ski destination out of this world you can try heli-skiing or heli-boarding in Nepal. If skiing or snowboarding is your absolute passion and you are in good health, heli-skiing in Nepal will be an adventure you will never forget! Trips are one or two weeks in length and go to either the Annapurna region or Everest region — for a week trip you will ski five days and for a two-week trip you will ski a total of 10 days. Trips are only offered from February to mid-April and the trip guidelines vary on whether you are in a private group or a mixed group.
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