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Skiing the Best of the West

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Written by Molly Brunette.

For all you skiers (or snowboarders) out there, it’s time to start planning that winter ski trip. This is a great vacation to take as a family (but can also serve as an escape for couples!) – the younger your children learn how to ski, the more they will benefit from it. My husband and I took our daughter Krista, to Lake Tahoe just before her fourth birthday for her first exposure to downhill skiing. Lake Tahoe is a wonderful ski destination.

There are several ski areas to choose from, such as enormous Heavenly Valley (where you can ski from California to Nevada), Northstar at Tahoe and Squaw Valley, former site of the Winter Olympics. We found the major ski areas offer excellent ski programs for children of all ages. If you are not completely exhausted by the end of the day, you can try your luck at the casinos on the Nevada side, take in a show on the south shore or just enjoy the awesome beauty of Lake Tahoe itself. To get to Lake Tahoe, you can fly into either Reno, Nevada or Sacramento, California.

Utah is another ski destination with many resort areas to challenge you. Fly into Salt Lake City and find Snowbird, Deer Valley and Park City all within an easy driving distance of one another. We found the town of Park City while not large, had several nice restaurants and great shopping. For the avid shopper looking for bargains, there is an Outlet Mall nearby. In the evening, Deer Valley offers sleigh rides and gourmet dining at one of their renowned restaurants.

When thinking of ski areas, Colorado always comes to mind, and with good reason! There are so many ski resorts throughout the state, it would be difficult to name them all (and I won’t try – forgive me if I leave out your favorite!). Fly into Denver, and you are in close proximity to Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Arapahoe and Keystone. It is possible to take the snow train from Denver to Winter Park for a day of skiing. A couple of hours away are Beaver Creek and Vail (which can also be reached by flying directly into Vail).

Give me a call and I would be happy to assist you in planning your winter getaway!