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Join in the fun at Sugarbush's Women’s Discovery Camps. (Sugarbush)
The dynamic of skiing or riding for a few days with other like-minded women can be very different from skiing with the family or a mixed group of friends. Unlike skiing with the guys, we cheer each other on rather than talk trash. A women's clinic is a great opportunity to gain confidence and see what's possible in a supportive environment.
Sugarbush’s Women’s Discovery Camps, January 26-28 or March 5-7, 2018, create learning experiences with the perfect blend of fun, learning, sharing and lots of skiing and riding. Fear not for the rest of the family: participants get a half-price full-day kids program or a half-price companion all-mountain lift pass.
The Alta Women's Ski Camp brings together the best of the Alf Engen Ski School's instructors for three days of instruction and four nights of lodging at Alta Lodge, breakfasts and dinners. You’ll be in a fun environment where you can challenge yourself, improve your technique and meet some new ski buddies. Intermediate to advanced camp January 18-22 or March 4-8, 2018; Advanced to expert skiers Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2018.
Loon's Women's Performance Ski Camps, Jan. 20-21 or Mar. 3-4, 2018, feature more than 12 hours of women-to-women coaching, video review and the opportunity to demo the latest skis from K2.
Raise the bar by skiing and working with some of the best female instructors and pro skiers, at Jackson Hole's Elevate/The Women's Ski Camp, Jan. 15-19, or March 5-9, 2018.
As the longest running Women's ski week program in the country, Telluride's Women’s Ski & Wellness week takes basic to the most advanced terrain and gives women the confidence and technical skills to conquer every level of slope. Three and five-day options, Jan. 19-21, Feb. 4-8, March 2-4, 2018.
Santa delivered an early Christmas present of more than three feet of snow on slopes throughout New England over the past week. And as a stocking-stuffer, cold temperatures wrapped up with all that new snow, allowing for round-the-clock snowmaking.
So if you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, New England resorts are set to deliver a significant amount of open terrain for the upcoming holiday break.
Vermont’s Killington Resort was one of the big winners this week piling up 22 inches during the two-day storm, and bringing its seven-day snow total to 26 inches. Expect 80+ open trails at the Beast of the East heading into this weekend. Just down Vermont’s Route 100, Okemo Mountain Resort picked up 16 inches of snow and continues to expand terrain on a daily basis.
In northern Vermont, Smugglers' Notch received 19 inches from the latest storm, bringing its seven-day total to more than three feet of new snow. Burke Mountain received almost three feet of snow this week, and nearby Jay Peak reported three feet over the past week as well.
The heavy snow also buried resorts throughout New Hampshire, with Bretton Woods and Waterville Valley each receiving 15 inches from the latest storm. Cranmore picked up eight inches of new snow, and combined with fresh snow the prior weekend, continues to open terrain on a daily basis. Mount Sunapee received more than a foot of snow, and Gunstock, picked up seven inches.
In Maine, Sunday River received 17 inches and Sugarloaf picked up 10 inches from the latest storm. They will be joined by six more areas this weekend. Lost Valley opens Friday, followed by Bigrock, Lonesome Pine Trails, Mt. Abram, Shawnee Peak, and Titcomb.
Whenever favorite stashes get carved up, or the maddening crowds threaten your first tracks, it may be time to shell out the bucks for a helicopter ride deep into Powder Country in the West.
Longtime heli-skiers and ‘boarders can rattle off the famous rock-star locales: Banff and The Bugaboos in B.C., Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, Valdez in Alaska, and the San Juans in Colorado.
But there are others, a bit less renowned but all in the midst of mammoth powder bowls, glades and chutes. SnoCountry.com took a look a bit deeper into the heli-skiing world and came up with a few more options:
High Mountain Heli-Skiing works out of Jackson Hole and flies into the Tetons. Groups of five with a guide get 6-7 trips a day for 12,000-15,000 feet of vert in 305,000 acres of advanced to expert bowls, chutes and glades. Stay on Jackson Hole side or over divide at spa near Victor, Idaho.
Diamond Peaks is a mom-and-pop operation that flies into the rugged North Wasatch Range outside Ogden. Six runs with 18,000-20,000 feet of vert awaits for upper intermediate and higher level ability. Takeoff from summit of Powder Mountain, where they'll should be plenty of inbounds untracked for the trip down to the car.
Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience begins at new ranch house lodge about 20 miles off Elko (Nevada) exit on I-80 The small 60-mile long, 12-mile wide Ruby Mountain Range rises to 11,000 feet to catch super-dry desert powder. Stay-and-fly package covers seven runs and cops 13,000+ vert per day. Snowcat ready for backup on stormy days.
Some five hours from Seattle in Mazama, laid-back North Cascade Heli offers one- and three-day excursions for skiers and riders to get to Washington’s highest elevations (8,000 feet) in the gnarly North Cascade Mountains. Run "by riders for riders," there are five areas to choose from with prime mountain lodge accommodations.
If celebrating a white Christmas is on your wish list this year, planning to spend the day with loved ones on the slopes is just what Santa ordered. Finish the day with a festive meal where everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company and you’ve got a family tradition in the making. Follow up an uncrowded day skiing and riding with a feast at one of these mountain resorts.
Wyoming’s Grand Targhee has the snow right now, making it a great bet for a white Christmas. Celebrate the holiday season at Branding Iron Grill with a special four-course Christmas dinner menu.
Celebrate in British Columbia at Big White’s snow covered winter wonderland filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays. A festive prefix Christmas dinner will be served the evening of December 25 and a Christmas day brunch at Kettle Valley Steakhouse. Or order ahead and enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner delivered right to your chalet or condo.
Head to the White Mountains of New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods for a beautiful Christmas Day on the slopes before settling down to the luxurious Omni Mount Washington Hotel Christmas day buffet. A feast fit for any man, lady or child, this smorgasbord will surely leave you full all day.
Gather the family together and celebrate Christmas at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Mountain Resort, where you can enjoy a traditional holiday dinner created by the culinary team in the Slopeside restaurant. From traditional dishes to please everyone’s tastes, to carving stations and tempting desserts of every type and style, create a new memory this Christmas at Seven Springs.
Enjoy a family-friendly Colorado Christmas dinner slopeside at Purgatory’s Purgy’s after a great day on the slopes. They will have several special holiday items added to Purgy’s menu for the night.
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