First published on 10 Jan 2013. Updated on 10 Jan 2013.
Park City, Utah
The home of the Sundance Film Festival, Park City boasts three top resorts – Deer Valley, Canyons and Park City Mountain – alongside a brilliant après-ski scene that’s loaded with restaurants, bars, distilleries and saloons. Stay at the Park City Marriott and fly to Salt Lake City via Dallas Fort Worth on American and Qantas.
Vail notches up 50 years this season and as expected the celebrations are currently in full swing at both Vail and neighbouring village Beaver Creek. At Vail it’s about epic skiing and partying hard, while at the Beave’, things are toned down with the focus firmly on the powder. Stay at the Lodge at Vail or the Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek. Fly Qantas to LA and then American to Vail Eagle Airport.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Jackson Hole is a powder hound’s paradise, even on an off day. Go cowboy-style and book a villa at the Spring Creek Ranch just outside town or go luxe and check-in to the ski concierge-equipped Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Get to Jackson Hole on United via San Francisco.
The action at Aspen’s sister town of Snowmass has been heating up over the last two years since the opening of the hip Viceroy hotel at the base of the mountain. If you aren’t satisfied with simply skiing Snowmass, then hit nearby Buttermilk, Highlands or Aspen Mountain for hundreds more runs. Fly Qantas to LA and then American to Aspen.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
It’s not all sand and surf in California – the sunshine state also offers world-class skiing at Lake Tahoe’s seven resorts, including the popular and challenging Heavenly as well as the 1960 Winter Olympic mountain Squaw Valley. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and get to Reno Tahoe Airport via San Francisco on United.