Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winter Vacations For Skiing And Snowboarding Enthusiasts

If you love to ski, snowboard, or play in the snow during the winter, a winter vacation with these amenities is the perfect trip for you. Even if you re not good at skiing or snowboarding, resorts offer various class levels from beginner to expert. You can also enjoy the other winter activities, such as snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and ice skating which require less coordination and athleticism. Whichever activity you enjoy, a winter vacation to one of the following states can offer you the best snowy conditions for a romantic getaway or a family vacation this year. • Lake Tahoe On the border of California and Arizona, Lake Tahoe has 7 ski resorts, offering back country powder and huge views of Lake Tahoe, the nearby mountain regions, and the small town of Truckee. Lake Tahoe always has plenty of snow in the wintertime; in fact in 2005 they had the most snowfall in North America. Besides outdoor fun, there is an ample nightlife with casinos and entertainment for tourists. • Park City If you want a vacation fit for the stars visit Park City, Utah. This popular town has world-renowned skiing and snowboarding. The Utah license plate even says, The Best Snow on Earth! . You can even visit the Utah Olympic Parks that were used for the 2002 Winter Olympic games. There are numerous ski resorts in this mountain city, with three major ski areas. There are plenty of other activities too, such as snowmobiling and snowshoeing, or try the bobsled, luge, or sleigh rides. It also holds some of the best shopping, restaurants, and galleries in the nation. You may even catch a glimpse of some celebrities. • Colorado With plenty of resorts (over 25), there is plenty of snowfall and lodging whether you re traveling to Aspen or anywhere else in Colorado. Colorado provides a total of 41,648 feet of vertical rise, 29,460 acres of terrain, and 4,241 inches of annual snowfall. With breathtaking scenery, Colorado s Rocky Mountains provide skiing terrain for all levels. Colorado is the perfect vacation for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway (according to the movie Dumb and Dumber ). • Northern Arizona Although you don t think of Arizona as a snowy place, Northern Arizona has elevations of about 8,700 feet and gains about 10 feet of snow each winter. Whether you want a romantic getaway or a family fun vacation (you can even bring the dog), an Arizona vacation rental can offer you 65 ski runs and a mountain fit for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snow mobiling. At night you can relax in front of the fireplace and rest in the down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets at your bed and breakfast inn. • Vermont With 2,000 feet of vertical (more than East coast states Maine, New Hampshire, and New York combined), Vermont has around 30 resorts throughout the small state to fit whatever type of winter sport you enjoy. They even have their own magazine, Ski Vermont magazine, to help you plan the perfect vacation. This state makes it easy to find the best resort and the best days to ski, snowboard, or take the kids out. They even have a saying, Winter in its original state. Don t forget to try the famous maple syrup while you re in this state.

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