USA Today has a story on the top 10 Ski experiences that must be accomplished if you are a die hard skier. Here are the highlights.
- Jackson Hole – With the highest vertical drop of any U.S. mountain, and seemingly endless black and double-black expert terrain, Jackson Hole lives up to its nickname, “The Big One.” Among expert skiers, its famous aerial tram has become an icon of the sport, representing the only motorized way to get to the hardest marked trails in U.S. skiing — the infamous Corbett’s Couloir, an elevator shaft of a trail which requires a literal leap of faith to enter, and the equally daunting Hobacks.
- Brekenridge – The much-anticipated Imperial Express Super Chair, a high-speed quad, reaches an elevation of 12,840 feet atop Breckenridge’s Peak 8 and accesses a whopping 400-acres of Breckenridge’s best intermediate and expert terrain. Much of this is double-black diamond runs that have long been the sole province of in-the-know locals willing to undertake the 45-minute hike previously required to reach the summit. The new lift takes two and a half minutes.
- Beaver Creek – You won’t find the ultimate in luxury ski lodging at the Four Seasons, or the Ritz Carlton or the Little Nell. For those with deep pockets who love deep powder, the ultimate experience is having the entire mountain to yourself, and that is exactly what you get at Trappers Cabin, the Game Creek Club Chalet and Tempter House. Trappers Cabin, on top of the Beaver Creek resort, redefines “roughing it.”
- Vail – At Vail, the chic 4-bedroom Game Creek Club Chalet sits next to the exclusive Game Creek Club restaurant at over 10,000 feet. Here the bellman takes you to your room by Sno-cat, and the Club’s chef pops by to prepare your private dinner and breakfast. In the morning, your private instructor for the day shows up at the door ($2800 for the whole property).
- The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour – is a guided backcountry excursion for advanced skiers that links in-bounds trails at Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Alta with out-of-bounds connections between the mountains. There are no shuttles, just you and your regular alpine gear. This adventure guarantees great skiing, incredible views and a day you won’t soon forget. The tours operate daily from early December through late April, weather and conditions permitting, are led by professional backcountry guides and are open to advanced skiers in good physical condition.