3 Beautiful Ski Locations: What Does Each Have to Offer?
This post is based on 3 enjoyable ski destinations – and at the end, I’ll let you in on a secret (as to which resort was my favorite in terms of scenery, and which one I would select for future luxury skiing holidays.
It is important to me for a skiing holiday to include tree skiing. Yes, I for one like to have obstacles I must avoid – it makes things more exciting. I like to get tingles on the back of my neck !
Right off the bat, I think of two exciting runs – one in Deer Valley, Utah and the others are at Heavenly Valley Lake Tahoe. The first ski locale I visited was Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Valley. And was it ever heavenly – I think that’s an appropriate name. When I was there, it had snowed the night before, and I experienced nice powder; I like to go after a big snowstorm, because you can hit the trails and almost no one is around (on some of the back trails, if you search around). And in particular, Heavenly has a good selection of intermediate runs (45% of all ski runs are intermediate, so nearly half) – so you could do Maggie’s Roundabout (a LONG run with a few “sharp turns” you must navigate or go over the side of the mountain), or Ridge Run (Intermediate level, with a really cool view of the lake while you’re skiing). 94 trails in all !
I thought it was really cool to be able to ski in both California and Nevada !
If you are one who enjoys Christmas holiday getaways, go to Heavenly Village during the two week festival. There are carolers, ice sculptors, local artists, and ice skating shows; plus your young kids can visit with Santa. There’s live music, fire dancers, and on December 31st there’s a Heavenly New Year’s Celebration with a special fireworks show.
Beaver Creek Colorado: Lovely Yet Private
Nestled in the mountains of Colorado, Beaver Creek is a location with beautiful surroundings and a sense of tranquility. This is a place you can go on vacation, and hear yourself think. There aren’t as many avid skiers zooming by, and it’s a rather romantic setting. A nice place to go on vacation with your fiance/fiancee..
The Summit elevation of Beaver Creek is 11,440 feet, and the base is approximately 8,100 feet. There are 148 trails, and cross-country skiing is available on top of the mountain.
( Beaver Creek Lodge has “ski-in, ski-out” convenience, and it is handily located within steps of three lifts (Centennial Express, Strawberry Park Lift and Haymeadow Chairlift) – it’s rather exclusive, so as long as you have the bucks you might want to make a sojourn to Colorado, where you’ll enjoy some fine wine, fine dining and romantic skiing among the aspens)
Empire Canyon at Deer Valley Utah
The snow skiing in Empire Canyon is strictly for advanced skiers – there is excellent tree skiing here – it’s the Anchor Trees area that I liked, as it’s challenging and you have many ways that you can enter (entry points).
The Resort for a Luxurious Holiday: Enjoy the Restaurants and Avoid Snowboarders
At Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, snowboarders are not allowed. So if you’re in the mood for peaceful skiing minus the fast and furious snowboarders, you could do worse. If you’re an advanced skier, you may appreciate Deer Run for its exclusive nature, as the runs and chutes are seldom utilized (less crowded). Also, the scenery is tremendous and the restaurants are wonderful..
(*Note: Bear in mind that there is a neat lookout at the top of Stein’s Way)
For group lift tickets, call Deer Valley Resort Group Sales Office at 800-424-DEER (3337)
Secret Revealed: Which Resort had the Best Scenery?
I truly felt it was a tossup between Beaver Creek Colorado and Heavenly Valley in California. Both are breathtaking; it’s too bad there is no skiing at night. They do have wonderful nightclubs and casino entertainment at Tahoe, of course (Nevada side). But if you ever want night skiing, just drive over to Squaw Valley in California.
As far as having fun and pure action, South Lake Tahoe is probably the best way to go; if you time it right, you can see your favorite concert performers (music) or even professional ice shows. I got to see Dorothy Hamill, years ago, and more recently Bonnie Raitt .