These are the best small-town ski resorts on B.C.'s Powder Highway.
Heli-skiing looks hella fun.
We all want a room with a view, but if you want a room with THE view, it's to the mountains you must head. Your mountain hotel of choice doesn't need to be on the tallest or the steepest slope to offer awesome sunrises and unbeatable stargazing, and scaling such heights needn't be difficult. Some of these mountaintop hotels can be reached by car, others by cable car. Some require a hike or even a helicopter ride. However you get there, your vacation is about to reach peak excitement. Related: America’s Favorite Mountain Towns
Perhaps it's the shorter days, colder temperatures, and the need to get bundled up in eight layers before leaving the house, but people seem to really, really dislike winter. Call us crazy, but we think winter is actually one of the best seasons. (It’s in the top four, at least.) Why? Because there are so many totally outlandish, zany and over-the-top sports, events and activities that you can only try in the snow. Related:This Ice Festival in China Is a Rainbow-colored Dream We’ve compiled a list of the 20 craziest things for you to take part in this winter. But you better hurry, as a lot of them will melt away at the first sign of spring.
Ski season is short. Don’t make it shorter with long treks to the slopes.
“I kept wondering if they had suffered and what had become of them.”
Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest is the small town of Big Bear Lake, California, a tranquil retreat for outdoorsy Californians. Before this mountain town was known as Big Bear, natives referred it to as Yuhaviat — an indigenous word meaning Pine Place. But when ranchers discovered the area in the mid-18th century, they found it inhabited by at least a dozen grizzly bears. According to the Big Bear Visitors Bureau, Big Bear became a gold mining boomtown, though today it’s best known for its ski resorts and lake activities. The Moonridge Ski Area, known today as Big Bear Mountain Resort, opened for business in 1959. It has since evolved into a dynamic and innovative destination for active recreation. Visitors even flock here during the summer, long after the snow has gone. Big Bear makes a broader appeal to younger crowds, while the sister mountain, Snow Summit, has a more family-friendly vibe. But while its reputation might be staked in its snowy slopes, Big Bear isn’t just for snow bunnies. Travelers will find endless opportunities for exploring this mountain resort, the adjacent lake, and town. This is a four-season destination, with ample opportunities for enjoying the lake, the slopes, and the surrounding pine forest no matter what time of year you visit.
Traffic jams could lead to dangerous conditions at such high altitudes.
The weather is turning warmer, the birds are chirping, and the flowers have already sprung. All these signs of spring mean one thing: It’s time to go skiing. This year may be the best spring skiing conditions mountains coast-to-coast have seen in years. Mammoth Mountain in California, for example, has had more than 650 inches of snowfall at its summit, while Stowe Mountain in Vermont still has 86 trails open with a base depth between 40-70 inches. Grab your skis, boots, goggles, and a very light sweater because it’s time to head to the slopes. Here are a few of the best places to catch a blue-bird day across the country.
Winter has its downsides, but it also has perks—like powder-covered slopes and ski resorts with cozy fireplaces. On Wednesday, lift ticket website Liftopia announced its “Best in Snow” Awards, recognizing the best resorts for your next ski or snowboard trip in North America. To determine the rankings, Liftopia collected more than 10,000 survey responses from its readers and combined that information with its own data, collected over the past 10 years, on North American ski areas. The awards are weighted to consider both ratings from skiers and snowboarders and the sizes of the resorts, in order to equally recognize small- and medium-sized resorts. “People have told us they wanted a ranking system that wasn’t based simply on which resorts were the biggest or relied on a handful of ‘expert’ opinions or advertising dollars,” said Liftopia co-founder and CEO Evan Reece. “They want to find their next favorite ski area and to know which resorts are most beloved by other skiers and boarders.” There are seven categories of rankings, including overall best in snow, beginner-friendly ski areas, most-challenging ski areas, family-friendly ski areas, ski areas with the best snow consistency and quality, least-crowded ski areas, and ski areas with the best value. On the West Coast, British Columbia's slopes scored as the most challenging and least crowded, while California was home to beginner-friendly and family-friendly areas. In the Northeast, New Hampshire was recognized as beginner-friendly and family-friendly, Vermont was most challenging, and New York and Maine were least crowded. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, scored a No. 1 ranking in Beginner Ski Area, Family-Friendly Ski Area, and Ski Area with the Best Snow Consistency and Quality. To see the 10 ski areas in North America that ranked overall “best in snow” according to Liftopia, scroll down.
The fine is meant to deter backcountry skiers from taking serious risks.