Monday, 24 September 2012 9:14 PM
If you're planning a ski holiday in the USA, you might be wondering which resort you should choose for your break; after all, there are dozens to pick from! Read our guide to learn more about three of the USA's most renowned skiing destinations.
Known for its silver reserves, Apsen is a world record holder for the largest nugget of the precious metal to ever be discovered, and is also one of the USA's top skiing destinations. The resort became popular among skiers in the 1930s and caters for all ability levels.
Aspen comprises four areas: Snowmass, Apsen Highlands, Buttermilk and Aspen Mountain, with Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands serving beginners particularly well. You'll find plenty of green and blue colour-coded runs here, as well as a prestigious ski school. Intermediate level skiers and those with advanced skills are also well catered for, with 135 and 156 runs respectively throughout the resort.
If you want to have a go at snowboarding, Aspen is the place to do it, as three of the four areas offer excellent facilities for the sport. There's also a boarder cross course and a boardpark to be found here.
Located in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is another renowned skiing destination, and not without reason. Advanced skiers flock to the former cowboy haven to test their skills against the Steep and Deep Camp, where the terrain is steep and the snow is up to 11.6 m deep.
There are 11 beginner runs, 44 for intermediate skiers and 56 trails for those with advanced abilities, along with a snowboard park, ice rink and heated outdoor pool, so there's plenty to keep you busy.
In addition, you can try your hand at snowshoeing or hire a skidoo during your stay, and call in at the health spa afterwards to relax and soothe away any aches or pains from all that activity.
In the evenings, make the most of the lively apres-ski scene by heading to the village of Teton, where you'll find a live music venue. Afterwards, head back to the main resort to party the night away until the early hours.
The charming resort of Telluride in Colorado is perfect for holidaymakers who like to ski in and ski out of the accommodation, spending as much time on the snow as possible. The enchanting mountain scenery, reliable snowfall and range of activities make Telluride a firm favourite among skiers in the know.
Novices will find 20 runs suitable for their skills, many of which are located in and around the Mountain Village area, while there are 32 options suitable for intermediate skiers and the same number for those with more experience. There is plenty of challenging terrain to be found here, including wooded trails, narrow chutes and steep runs through glades, and advanced skiers will find the area between Gold Hill and Giuseppe's ideal for their skills.
As well as skiing, there are many other activities worth trying out during your break. Dog sledding, ice skating and horse-riding are among the most popular pastimes to have a go at, while you can head to the Golden Door Spa in Wyndham Peaks Resort when you feel like relaxing after a busy day. Snowboarders will find an excellent park here, which spans 10 acres and includes rails, jumps and an 18 ft quarter pipe.