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What’s new at North American ski destinations

The November issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine is recom­mending 11 ski destin­ations across North America.

The November issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine is recom­mending 11 ski destin­ations across North America. They are:

• Snowmass in Colorado, described as an alternative to the “hustle and bustle of downtown Aspen.”

• Sun Valley, Idaho, which the magazine says is launching its first gondola this winter for the ride 2,000 vertical feet (610 metres) up Bald Mountain.

• Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, where you can reach the High West Distillery and Saloon’s bar and tapas restaurant on skis via the Quittin’ Time run.

• Rossland, B.C., described as a “no-stoplights, no-Starbucks former mining town” with incredible backcountry.

• Northstar-at-Tahoe in California, with a new Ritz Carlton and a new gondola to complement the deep Sierra snows and tall ponderosa pines.

• Mount Bachelor in Oregon, where daily lift tickets this season will be priced $49, $59 or $69, depending on lift-serviced available terrain and weather factors such as visibility, wind, precipitation and temperature.

• Whistler Blackcomb in B.C., where only 10 per cent of the mountain will be closed to the public during the Olympics.

• Sugar Bowl in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, where a new Olympic sport, skicross, will be featured on a new course in a pre-Olympics show, Feb. 1-17. The sport involves four skiers at a time down a course with banked turns and jumps — think Moto Cross on skis.

• Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, which is opening a new luxury hotel this season, the Tram Haus Lodge.

• Cannon Mountain, in New Hampshire, which this season will provide shuttle transportation to Mittersill, an abandoned ski area that can now offer backcountry skiers access to ungroomed terrain.

Getting the most for your money
• Look for “fly-in, ski-out” deals that might include direct flights to local airports with transportation from the airport to the lodge, so you don’t have to rent a car. Some resorts have free airport shuttles, and some airports offer buses to ski areas with inexpensive and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations.

• Look for freebies, especially if you’re travelling with children. Many resorts offer some packages with options where kids ski, stay and/or eat for free.

 
 
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