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Top Tips for Booking a Ski Holiday to the USA & Canada

Skiing powder in Game Creek Bowl

Deciding whether to book a North American skiing holiday this winter or next? Here are some tips on when and where to book for both the USA and Canada.

When deciding on a skiing holiday to North America, this usually means a special trip or a longer trip, compared to somewhere closer to home, where even weekend skiing is possible. Here are some tips to consider when thinking about booking a skiing holiday to the USA or Canada:

Vail Resort to build new Sun Up Express Chairlift to replace old Chair 17


While reporting company profits of $116m earlier this year, CEO Rob Katz announced that Vail Resorts would upgrade the Sun Up lift at Vail Mountain to a new high-speed chairlift.

The new lift will reduce the time to reach the top and access the Back Bowls to just 4 minutes and will increase passenger capacity by 40%.

The Epic Pass now includes skiing at Perisher, Australia


The recent purchase of Perisher ski resort in Australia by Vail Resorts means that it’s now possible to buy one lift pass that includes unlimited skiing in more than a dozen resorts, including Vail, Breckenridge and Park City.

Check your lift queuing time in Vail Resorts with Epic Mix


Vail Resorts’ innovative work on their EpicMix app has improved again as skiers and snowboarders in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek will be able to check lift queue wait times from their phones this winter.

Events in Whistler, Vail and Aspen in March & April 2015


We’re half way through the ski season now, and thoughts are already turning towards some of the great events coming up in Whistler, Vail and Aspen in March and April 2015.

Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – April 10-19

Vail’s Back Bowls Open in Time for Thanksgiving Day


The opening of Vail’s legendary Back Bowls means that ski season is officially in full swing.  

Vail Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet.

Park City joins the Epic Pass Line Up

Following on from Vail Resorts recent purchase of Park City Mountain in Utah, the Epic Pass from Vail Resorts now includes Park City as well.

That makes 22 different resorts covered by the pass now, giving access to some of the best skiing and riding in the world. 

Colorado Ski Safari - 7 Ski Resorts in 7 Days

Colorado Ski Safari - 7 Ski Resorts in 7 Days


Ski resorts in Colorado are pretty tightly nit together meaning it’s totally possible to comfortably do several in a week’s holiday. However, never one to shy away from challenges, we believe it’s actually possible to visit and stay at 7 out of the 11 Colorado resorts we feature in one week’s vacation. With a day’s travel either end to and from Denver airport that leaves 5 ski days to do damage with. So here goes!

Where to Stay in Steep and Chic Beaver Creek

Where to Stay in Steep and Chic Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek, just a short hop West of Vail along the I-70 highway to Denver, is Colorados most chic ski resort; indeed the resorts motto is Not Exactly Roughing It!

The Five Best Luxury Hotels In Vail

Arrabelle at Vail Square

If you’re thinking about a skiing holiday in Vail then you’ve made a great choice. This resort is one of the finest in North America…and the world. The skiing offers the largest ski area in the States, including 5289 acres of freeride terrain for you to enjoy.

Famously, the resort measures seven miles from one side of the ski area to the other. This means you get much more of the mountain to yourself: according to the resort, in peak season there are only four skiers per acre, and on non-peak days, just two!

Which Epic Pass should I buy? - 2014/15 Epic Passes now on sale

epic passes 2014/15

‘Which Epic Pass should I buy?’ - 2014/15 Epic Passes are now on sale.

The Epic Pass is an unbelievable single lift ticket that gives you more than any other in North America. There are a number of versions of the Epic Pass available, all of them great value for money. So which Epic Pass should you buy in 2014/15?

World Cup Ski & Snowboarding Events USA & Canada 2013-14

World Cup Ski & Snowboarding Events USA & Canada


Have you ever been to see a World Cup ski or snowboard event? Plan your ski trip around these in specific resorts and take advantage of the excitement and festivities that take place each year in a select few resorts in the USA & Canada, as part of the Word Cup ski and snowboard circuits. Witness the world's best athletes in competition in various disciplines, including snowboarding and freestyle, as well as the traditional Alpine events of downhill and slalom.

North American Ski Resorts Reviews: Colorado


Colorado snow is amongst the best, anywhere. The locals call it champagne powder: deep, luxuriant and effervescent stuff that has been dried as it travelled across North America, high in the jet stream, before being dropped by the ton on this mountainous arena.

The Ten Best Family Ski Resorts in the USA

Whistler Blackcomb Photo, Kid's Ski School

Family ski holidays can be fun-filled adventures and can create strong family memories for years to come. Experiencing the excitement of skiing or snowboarding in the snowy mountains of North America with your family can be a fantastic experience. However, some resorts are more suited to family ski holidays than others - the key to making your vacation a success is to choose a North American ski resort that is fun for the entire family on and off the mountain.

An Epic Deal in Colorado and Beyond

Photo: Vail Resorts/ Lake Tahoe

With world famous champagne powder and an abundance of resorts, the Colorado Rocky Mountains are one of the most popular winter destinations for snowboard and ski holidays. Snow conditions are consistently good for the majority of Colorado resorts, as well as long ski seasons.

Vail 50th Anniversary Celebrations

As the New Year approaches, Vail begins its countdown to it's 50th Anniversary on December 15th, 2012. Through the eyes of Roger Brown, Vail’s legendary original filmmaker, we proudly introduce our first in a series of videos leading up to the celebration of the 50th!


Olympic Snowboard Star Shaun White Partners With Vail Resorts

Shaun White, two-time Olympic gold medalist, has signed a deal to represent all six of Vail Resorts in Colorado and California. He will be based and train at Northstar-at-Tahoe in California and will design a signature 22-foot halfpipe there. The company will donate $5 for each Epic season pass sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, White's chosen charity. Epic passes range from $499 to $699.

Red Lion Vail surprise performance by Barenaked Ladies Ed Robertson

Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies made a surprise appearance at the Red Lion during Apres Ski. Lucky patrons got to hear several songs including a duo with Phil Long on guitar:

Vail Snow Daze Concert Series

Snow Daze, a series of free concerts in Vail:

Thursday, Dec 8: Guster (Solaris, 6:30pm)

Friday, Dec 9: Jakob Dylan and Band (Solaris, 6:30pm)

Saturday, Dec 10: Yukon Kornelius (Ford Park, 6:30pm)

Sunday, Dec 11: Polish Ambassador (Checkpoint Charlie, 3:30pm).

Vail 'Adventure Sessions' Ski School Program

Vail Resorts announces a new product to their Ski School Program for 2009-10 - The 'Adventure Sessions'.

36 Hours in Vail

Published: February 1, 2009 in the New York Times

VAIL does not have the charm of Telluride. Nor does it exude the glitz of Aspen. Even Breckenridge, arguably, has better night life. But the one thing that Vail Ski Resort does have is great snow: some 5,300 skiable acres with a seven-mile-long mountain face, 193 trails and not one but seven bowls. That hasn’t stopped Vail, the nation’s largest ski resort by area, from polishing its base village. As part of an upgrade, many of Vail’s boxy, 1970s-style facades and outdated streetscapes have been refreshed with a modern Bavarian look. This winter, skiers are checking into new boutique hotels with ski valets, getting pine-scented massages at Zen-channeling spas and warming themselves by outdoor fire pits.

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