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Beautiful Colorado Ski Resorts & Vacations
Colorado boasts some of the finest skiing spots in the U.S. and all within a reasonable drive from the Denver airport. Each of the resorts in Colorado receives more than adequate snow to create award-winning ski areas. An online search will provide information about Winter Park Ski vacations, Vail Ski Packages and Breckenridge ski package.
Winter Park Ski Vacations
Winter Park ski vacations are perfect for all levels of skiers. It is one of Colorado’s largest ski resorts. There are many lodges, homes, condos and hotels providing ample lodging for Winter Park Ski vacations. Winter Park skiing statistics: The summit elevation is 10,700 feet, with a vertical drop of 1700 feet and has 2762 acres of beautiful skiing area. The park has 134 trails and 24 ski lifts.
Skiers wanting to experience beautiful and natural Colorado skiing, complete with an abundance of powder, Winter Park Ski Vacations will not disappoint. Located in the Rockies, it is less than a 2 hour drive from the Denver Airport and features lots of great activities for all ages. It is located near the Continental Divide. As a result of it’s location, it is subject to almost every winter storm that passes through and sees an average of 365 inches of snow pile up there each season. Winter Park is considered “Colorado’s Favorite” among the locals that live in this picturesque part of the western Rockies. It has over 3,000 acres and according to most who have visited, they are almost perfect ski areas, with lots of the hoped for ridges, bowls, ski trails, terrain parks, trees, bumps and steeps.
Vail Ski Packages
Vail ski packages are some of the most sought after deals by skiing enthusiasts. Located in Vail, Colorado, the Vail Ski Resort boast of 200 trails, 32 lifts and world famous powder skiing. At its summit of 11,570 feet it has a vertical drop of 3,450 feet and over 5,000 skiable acres. Also located in the Colorado Rockies is Vail. Because of its location it has an average snowfall of 348 inches. One of the best features is its seven natural bowls stretching six miles wide.
Vail ski packages are listed online and includes information about pricing, dates, airport departure cities, lodging type and location, transportation, lift tickets and ski rentals.
Breckenridge Skiing Package
Breckenridge is located in Summit County which is host to several world class accommodations. This area offers some of the best value for serious skiers on a budget. It is near four other areas that offer limitless winter recreational activities. A Breckenridge Ski package will provide any level skier with ample ski areas, ski trails, steeps and of course, deeps.
When looking for a Breckenridge ski package online be watching for special deals and discounts on ski rentals, lift tickets, car rentals etc.
Fun Year Round
A Colorado trip at any time of year can include golfing, music festivals, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding etc. In the spring, Winter Park holds the annual Winter Park Ski-Music Festival. It is the ultimate musical experience and some of the top spring snow skiing anywhere.
Ski Resorts for Beginners
Breckenridge’s Peak Nine training area is one of the best in Colorado for novices and those with intermediate skiing skills. The very smooth, dry snow makes perfecting parallel turns easy, and the high-speed quad chair life means more time to practice and less time traveling. Breckenridge also provides challenging ski slopes for advanced skiers. Many local hotels provide ski-in and ski-out access to Breckenridge’s trails.
Buttermilk took top honors last year in SKI Magazine’s ranking of ski schools nationwide. Buttermilk is part of the Aspen ski resort network, and is ranked second (after Snowmass) as the nation’s best ski destination for families. Classes are small, and the 200 instructors offer personalized instruction designed to get novices on the slopes quickly and safely. All 43 runs are easy enough for beginners, and once you get out of the glut of beginners at the bottom of the slopes, the well-kept trails offer scenic beauty and excellent skiing.
Copper Mountain is a perennial favorite, also located in Colorado, and offers some of the lowest-priced packages to be had in the Rockies. Long, wide novice trails occupy the west portion of the resort, and progressively more difficult skiing can be found in the eastern half. Located near Vail, Copper Mountain shares the high country’s superb snow conditions and provides adequate if not spectacular lift access.
Crested Butte Another superb Colorado beginner’s venue, features long, smooth, well-groomed runs on which to practice parallel turns and other skiing techniques. Crested Butte, recently the host of the U.S. Extreme Skiing Championship, offers advanced skiing and 150 acres of novice terrain. You can find discount accommodations and even free skiing at specified times. A popular resort for skiing holidays.
Deer Valley Utah is another location that features smooth, well-groomed, open ski slopes and runs that offer beginners a lot of choice without pushing them past their limits. First-time skiers will delight in Wild West, a beginner’s-only area, free from the unexpected assaults of hot-dog professionals. Deer Valley reportedly offers the best food and customer service in the Rockies.
Mount Snow Vermont
Mount Snow Vermont is reportedly the best Eastern venue for skiers who want to move up from novice to professional skill level. With a wide choice of rapid lifts on its gentler trails, Mount Snow clearly values the beginning skier, and the excellent cruising runs will keep more advanced skiers happy as well
Northstar-at-Tahoe California offers a wide range of ski slopes for the novice and intermediate skier. The terrain is primarily intermediate, and the lower runs are as good as any in the West. For novices who still fear lifts, Tahoe offers a conveyor belt modeled after airport conveyors, called the Magic Carpet, that will whisk them up the slopes without causing a panic attack. Tahoe also has slopes for more advanced skiers.
Park City Utah
Park City Utah is large enough to offer an opportunity to all levels of skiers, from the first-timer to the advanced. The 3,100 feet of vertical drop makes it seem like an advanced skier’s resort; the large network of open intermediate runs provides a venue for the intermediate skier, and the addition of several new lifts make even the central runs accessible to beginners. Other good beginner’s resorts include Snowmass, in Colorado, which features a Treehouse Kid’s Adventure Center and the Elk Camp Meadows training center. Or visit Steamboat, high in the Colorado Rockies, famed for its welcoming, down-home atmosphere and 164 trails which cater to everything from the novice to the professional. For Vermonters, Timberline features 1,000 vertical feet of runs and one long beginner’s trail. Upper Midwesterners can ski Welch or Afton, in Minnesota. Afton is reported as less pricey, but Welch offers better beginner’s slopes. The lifts at Welch are a little slow and cranky, but the slopes are groomed more often.
A new report shows that a skiing holiday has reached it’s highest ever price, and it’s come at a time when the ski industry is trying to turnaround a drop in bookings last year.
The surprise report shows that the price of a typical ski holiday has risen everywhere in both Europe and Noth America – except for Germany and the United States – with Canadian ski holidays rising in price as a direct result of the strong Canadian dollar against the Euro and British sterling.
Pushing prices up for the 2010 skiing season are not just higher aviation fuel costs and government levied flight taxes, but lift passes, equipment hire and ski instructor lessons have all risen faster than inflation.
Comparing different ski resorts striking differences emerge with ski lift passes costing 90 sterling in Bulgaria and Romania – but over 240 sterling in Banff, Canada – nearly treble the cost.
And private ski lessons also showed great price differentials. Some ski resorts in Romania are offering lessons for 11 sterling, in Switzerland 35 nut in Banff it gord up to 65, nearly six times the cost of their Romanian counterparts.
Once the skiing is over for the day the price differences are still as sharp. While a cup of coffee in Italy is around one Euro, in Norway it is nearer to three, and for those who prefer alcohol a beer in Bulgaria is a pound, but astonishingly over five pounds in Norway – and the cost of a meal shows similar price differentials.
Commenting upon the report, an Andorra travel guide who include ski holidays information comments that ‘The difference in prices between different resorts is surprising. We would expect some regional and local variance but not to the extent we are seeing for the 2010 ski season in Europe and North America.’
The lower priced ski countries could see an upswing in visitors in 2008 – much needed after a poor 2009 season in countries like Austria and Andorra. Both countries are investing in their ski infrastructure and benefitting too from low cost airlines offering more flights to skiiers.
Several airlines recently announced a plan to encourage more trips to ski resorts by opening up additional routes for travel to European ski resorts. These fly passengers directly to the airports that are closest to several of the major skiing destinations for many individuals and families on holiday. For example, the UK’s biggest low cost airline flies passengers on holiday into Barcelona, which is the nearest airport to the Andorra skiing resorts.
In addition to the flights taking passengers to ski at Andorra, there are several more flights connecting skiiers to their favourite ski destinations. Flights from London, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool, Blackpool and Newscastle all connect UK skiiers individuals to their favourite ski resorts.
The reason airlines have chosen to increase the number of direct routes they provide to ski resorts for the 2009 winter holiday period is due to the fact business is booming. As of the end of October, one airline had over 2.5 million bookings for individuals and families wanting their flying services to travel to skiing destinations in Europe during the winter of 2010.