Ski Resorts Of North America

aspenWinter time is upon us and for many people, that means it is time for skiing. There are amazing ski resorts all over the world, but you don’t have to travel far to find somewhere to fly down the mountain.

Vail, Colorado

The Vail Ski Resort, or simply Vail as it is often known, is located near the town of Vail, Colorado. It is the second largest ski resort in the United States and is one of the best known. Vail was opened in 1962 and the town of Vail was built following the creation of the Vail resort. Vail has a total of 193 different ski runs, which will accommodate skiers of varying abilities. It has a total of 33 lifts to help people access the various ski trails available. Vail has hosted such prestigious competitions as the Alpine Skiing World Championships, which draws skiers from all over the world.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb is located in British Columbia, Canada, north of Vancouver. It is the largest ski resort in North America in terms of size. It was originally designed to be part of a bid for the Winter Olympics in 1968, but those plans did not come to fruition. However, plans did move forward for building the resort and it opened in 1966. It was selected later to be the winning bid for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Whistler Blackcomb has over 200 different ski runs, ranging from easy runs for beginners to expert runs for the most advanced. It has 39 different lifts to help access the various parts of the mountain.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, known simply as Tremblant, is found the Quebec, Canada, northwest of Montreal. It opened in 1939 with the opening of the Mont Tremblant Lodge, which is still part of the village at the resort. Tremblant is a year-round resort. Although it is best known for their skiing, visitors can also go swimming in the lake or play golf on the two golf courses at other times of the year. Tremblant has a total of 95 ski runs, ranging from easy to difficult, and 14 lifts to access the mountain.

Aspen Mountain, Colorado

Aspen Mountain, or Ajax as it is known to the locals, is located in Colorado, near the city of Aspen. It was created in 1946, but at 673 acres is considered small compared to other ski areas. It has a total of 76 ski runs and 8 lifts. Aspen Mountain does not have any beginner runs. Its ski runs start at the intermediate difficulty level and it has runs that include the advanced and expert levels. For a long time, Aspen Mountain banned snowboarders from use of the runs, but this ban was finally lifted in 2001.

 

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Abigail Siemers

Abigail is a Public Service Specialist in the Bookmobile department and recently completed work on her Master's Degree in Library Science. She loves to read, listen to music, crochet, sew, and watch television shows, including "Doctor Who", "Sherlock", and "White Collar". Some recent reads that she loved were "Ruby Red" by Kerstin Gier and "Stuck in the Middle" by Virginia Smith.