Ski holidays in the USA 2014
Hit snow-covered slopes in the States this year!
There are so many reasons to try skiing in the USA, whether you're a winter sports novice or an expert cross-country skier. Boasting uncrowded, snow-covered slopes, quaint towns with great après ski, and that world-famous service with a smile, it’s everything you could ever want from a winter sports holiday. Of course, the USA is also known for its incredible diversity in landscapes, but there are a few things you'll always find, wherever you choose to go. American ski resorts are characterised by high standards of service, uncrowded lifts, immaculate piste grooming and reliable snowfall levels, as well as - and most importantly - outstanding quality of accommodation.
Here at HomeAway, we have a huge selection of fantastic USA ski rentals, spanning every budget, need and desire. There may be hundreds of luxury hotels in the country's impressive ski villages, but opting for private accommodation will enhance your whole experience. Not only will you enjoy all-important space and privacy, but your accommodation could include little luxuries like a private hot tub or sauna! Whether you want to get back to basics or splurge on the ski trip of a lifetime, choose one of the excellent accommodation options available through HomeAway Holiday Rentals.
Top ski destinations in the USA
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is one of the most popular winter resorts in the US: because of the state's long winters and heavy snowfall, activities on offer include skiing, snowboarding and even snowshoeing. You can choose to stay amidst the Great Lakes, surrounded by spectacular scenery, and even if the weather doesn't provide metres of snow, Michigan's snow machines will step in! It's most popular during Christmas and New Year, but snow season usually starts in the first or second week of December: head for the hills early, and you'll be faced with fewer crowds and a much milder climate.
Wisconsin may not be the best-known ski resort in the USA, but it offers some of the best skiing opportunities in America's Midwest. With over 40 ski resorts and areas to explore - many within reach of Chicago - you can easily enjoy a balance between the slopes and the city. Head for Milwaukee and you could ski in the Alpine Valley, pamper yourself at the Grand Geneva Spa, or even enjoy a stay in Little Switzerland! Alpine Valley has plenty of outdoor activities to try, including miles of cross country skiing, while Granite Peak is located in the centre of the state, and offers the highest vertical drop slope in Wisconsin.
With almost 40,000 acres to explore on skis, Colorado offers some of the most exciting landscapes in North America. Home to famous resorts like Aspen and Beaver Creek, the Rocky Mountain State is well known for its reliable snowfall and diverse activities, spectacular scenery and remarkable terrain: it's one of the foremost skiing destinations in the world. Of course, it doesn't matter whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast or not: Colorado is an amazing destination, with something to offer everyone. Don't fancy hitting the slopes straight away? There's always dog sledding and snowshoeing to try, as well as sleigh rides and swimming in hot sulphur springs.
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California is home to a range of excellent ski resorts, but the best is by far Mammoth Mountain. Nestled in a picturesque valley at the foot of California's High Sierra, Mammoth is an area of snow-covered peaks and fertile alpine plains, and one of the largest ski complexes in the USA. With no less than 28 lifts and 3,500 acres of skiable slopes, there's always somewhere new to explore. You can choose from gentle, sloping trails or steep, dramatic chutes, secluded, pretty tree runs or wide, white slopes: with a healthy dose of California sunshine to boot, it's truly a winter sports paradise. And what's more, the long season means you can enjoy skiing here anytime between November and July!
Vermont is one of the most exciting skiing states in the USA, with over 4,500 acres and 900 trails to explore, aided by no less than 150 lifts! With varied and beautiful landscapes, it's the ideal spot for novices and experts alike: there are pistes to suit all levels, from wide, sloping meadows to vertical drops through forests. Of course, there's an equally diverse range of resorts to choose from, including Stowe village: popular since the first hotel was erected here in 1848, it makes for a beautiful and historic base. Alternatively, opt for Killington, where you'll find the the biggest mountain in Eastern USA, or take a break from skiing, and enjoy ice skating and sleigh rides in picturesque Okemo.