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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:

New Gondola to Link Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley

Two of the top ski areas in California, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe have confirmed plans to link the two ski resorts into a world class sized region.

The plan involves a base-to-base gondola connection between the two mountains, passing over the KT-22 peak.


alpine meadows gondola

The 5 best hotels in Lake Tahoe

The 5 best hotels in Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America with fifteen distinct alpine ski areas around split into the north and south shores and divided across two states. The eastern third of the lake is in Nevada and comprises the suburban south shore with high rise casinos. The north shore in California is more understated comprising a compact towns amongst pine trees.

Next Level Women’s Freeskiing Camp

Taught by a pair of big-mountain skiers, Ingrid Backstrom and Jessica Sobolowski-Quinn, who is also an Alaskan heli-ski guide, this clinic on Jan. 7 and 8 helps skilled women tackle Squaw’s notorious double-black-diamond runs. “We really focus on a whole mountain approach — how to read terrain, how to pick lines and execute them and how to ski a little faster,” Ms. Backstrom said. Toward the end of a previous camp, for example, all the women hiked to the top of Granite Chief, a peak at Squaw that rises above chairlift level, and skied the steep face.

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