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Near-Record Snowfall at Tahoe

February 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

While the rest of the country slogs its way through a long and merciless winter, Lake Tahoe's ski resorts are getting pounded with near-record snowfall. Weekend storms dumped an extra three feet of fresh powder on top of an already high base level--over 12 feet at some spots!

Spring skiing has always been popular at Tahoe, and every year some lifts stay open until May despite balmy temperatures. With the snowpack at the highest its been in decades and La Nina likely to bring abnormally cooler weather, this year looks to be even better.

The North Lake Tahoe Express will get you from the airport to the slopes in about an hour, so those looking for a quick weekend jaunt need not involve an automobile; it'll keep your carbon footprint small, too. Then again, with snow like this, we 're starting to wonder what the hell Al Gore was so worried about.

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· Lake Tahoe Snow Conditions [Official Site]
· Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Squaw Valley [Jaunted]
· Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Northstar-at-Tahoe [Jaunted]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Bridger Bowl

Where: 15795 Bridger Canyon Rd. [map], Bozeman, MT, United States, 59715
February 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The powder paradise of Bridger Bowl Ski Area is but a twenty-minute drive from Bozeman, Montana. Even better, the town's nearest airport, Gallatin Field Airport, is just eight miles away.

Bridger's average annual snowfall of 350 inches buries the area's 71 trails, which are split pretty evenly between beginner, intermediate, advanced and extreme. If you feel like flexing that health insurance, hit up the extreme trails' 8,700-foot elevation, steep chutes and rocky cliffs. Or, if you enjoy skiing on trails that don't require the use of an avalanche transceiver, take one of Bridger's seven lifts to the area's less daunting pistes.

While Bridger can help guests find lodging, it's not the traditional resort. It's a non-profit mountain, so lift tickets are a reasonable $43 for a full day. You can also get in on some package deals. The PowderHound Package includes four days of skiing and four nights at one of the area's vacation rental homes for the price of three.

Related Stories:
· Bridger Bowl [Official site]
· Ski Areas Near Airports Map [Jaunted]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]
· Montana Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Lillehammer, Norway

January 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Even though it spends months without much daylight, Lillehammer still manages to draw tourists to its slopes every year. Guess that's what happens when you've hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Located less than two hours from Oslo's airport, Lillehammer is the ideal spot for skiers who want slopes more challenging than you usually find in cross-country-loving Norway. Lillehammer's old Olympic complexes give you downhill and has other winter sports, too.

Hafjell Alpine Centre is the largest alpine ski network left from the town's Olympic days, with 30 trails and 15 lifts. Though smaller in size, Sjusjøen Skisenter is the town's newest resort, having opened up in December 2003. Be forewarned: While Hafjell attracts serious skiiers of all ages, Sjusjøen is family-friendly, and we know what that means: too many bunny slopes.

For hardcore cross country trails, start at Birkebeiner Skistadion, the starting point for the sports '94 Olympic races. Want to go all out? Set up a biathlon at Birkebeiner's year-round facility. Get a group together and shoot it out with teams, relay exchanges and even penalties. Just be sure to leave your own gun at home.

Related Links:
· Lillehammer Tourism [Official site]
· Ski Areas Near Airports Map [Jaunted]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]
· Norway coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Bogus Basin

Where: Bogus Creek Rd [map], Boise, ID, United States, 83631
December 18, 2007 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Bogus Basin is one of only a handful of non-profit ski resorts in the States, which is why its website ends in an o-r-g rather than a c-o-m. And while we find web addresses fascinating, you might like Bogus Basin because it's about 20 miles from Boise Airport.

Now just because the resort is operated by a skiers collective doesn't mean it's shabby. An 1,800 foot vertical drop allows for long, groomed cruisers, and a broad swath of terrain is designed for glade skiing. Bogus Basin catches about 225 inches of snow a year, meaning it usually stays open well into April.

Full-day tickets are a reasonable $46, and Bogus Basin stays open till 10 pm, so you can still get hours of skiing in even if your flight doesn't arrive until the afternoon; night passes are just $20.

Related Stories:
· Bogus Basin [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Bogus Basin]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Northstar-at-Tahoe

Where: 100 Northstar Dr. [map], Truckee, CA, United States, 96161
December 13, 2007 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Northstar-at-Tahoe, on the way to Squaw Valley in California, is another one of Lake Tahoe's easy-to-reach resorts with killer skiing. And with four new trails, widened runs on Mount Pluto and expanded snowmaking, even area veterans will have new stuff to ride this season.

While the drive from Reno-Tahoe International is a short one, you can always skip the hassle and book a ticket on the North Lake Tahoe Express. The shuttle bus can get you from baggage claim to resort in about an hour, and you won't have to spend your trip worried that some gaper will ding your rental with a ski pole.

Northstar gives a considerable discount for multi-day passes, so that might be worth investigating. They also have what's called a Parent's Predicament ticket. Parents can divide one lift pass between them, taking turns watching the kid(s) in the lodge.

Related Stories:
· Northstar-at-Tahoe [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Hunter Mountain

December 12, 2007 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Digging around the web while working on a Skybus story, we realized that while Stewart International Airport in Newburgh is about halfway between New York City and Catskill Park. That means if you fly into SWF, it's just as easy to drive to Hunter Mountain as it is to go south into the city.

True, Hunter is known more for its snowmaking than its snow, but it offers 1,600 vertical feet along with a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. And the resort has teamed up with nearby Windham Mountain to offer a great lift ticket discount. The Winter Card gets you two days of skiing or riding at each resort for $119--a considerable savings over Hunter's one-day ticket price of $59.

We're also going to drop Hunter Mountain on our Upstate New York Travel Map, so if you're looking for something to do near SWF besides ski, you'll find it there.

Related Stories:
· Hunter Mountain [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Squaw Valley

December 11, 2007 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

A scant 46 miles down Interstate 80 from Reno-Tahoe International Airport is Squaw Valley, one of the famed California skiing valley's top resorts.

Friday, inside the resort's Olympic House, is the "Snow God's Ball," a benefit to raise money for the Squaw Valley Avalanche Awareness Education Fund. We can't help that this extremely niche cause reminds us slightly of the time Michael on The Office introduced the "Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run For The Cure."

We're sure we'd appreciate these charities more if we ever encountered a raccoon foaming at the mouth or saw the side of a mountain come barreling toward us. Though we'd also be pretty excited about the event if we took home one of the door prizes, which include a Squaw season pass, lift tickets and a lot of ski gear.

Related Stories:
· Squaw Valley [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Mont Sainte Anne

Where: Beaupré, QC, Canada
December 7, 2007 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

A friend of Jaunted wrote in to remind us that we haven't yet put any East Coast skiing options on our map. So today's pick is Mont Sainte Anne, just outside Quebec City.

American's will need passports, but flying to YQB from, say, New York, is quicker than getting out west. And Quebec offers a lot more culture than the typical ski town, with French food, French wine and, at least for the next few weeks, plenty of continental Christmas charm.

Lest you think East Coast skiing is weak, Sainte Anne offers up plenty of glades, dangerously steep double black diamond trails and a 3.6 mile long run. And since the mountain is at a lower altitude than those out west, you may actually be able to suss down the whole thing without stopping to catch your breath. Single day lift tickets go for $50 until December 22, when rates go up by $6.

Related Stories:
· Mont Sainte Anne [Official Site]
· Under Early Quebec Snow, a Jewel [NYT]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Mont Sainte Anne]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Elm, Switzerland

December 6, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

You can't get more ski-vacation-suitable than Switzerland, plus this country has the bonus of great chocolate and knives, too. [Ed note: What else do you need?!] There are a bunch of ski resorts within one hour's drive from Zürich airport, including those with great names like Flumserberg, Grüsch and Bad Ragaz.

But our recommendation is a place with a short and easy-to-remember name: Elm. Less than an hour's drive from ZRH, the small municipality of Elm has two main resorts, both great for intermediate and beginner skiers. (As one website reminded us, that's an hour "in good driving conditions"--a snowstorm could slow you down.) Being relatively small and less likely to be as full of ski tourists as other larger resorts, the villages around Elm will also give you a quaint, truly Swiss experience.

Related Stories:
· Elm Ski Info [On The Snow]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easty-to-Reach Skiing: Mont Blanc

December 5, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Just one hour and a quick border crossing from the Geneva Airport, Mont Blanc in the French Alps is the highest mountain in western Europe. It's about a two-day hike to the summit--where the doctor and the monster reunited in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein--but don't worry, you won't have to brave the undead to ski there: the ski resort only goes up a few thousand feet, still considered the foot of the mountain.

The town below it, Chamonix, has every bit of French village character you'd expect in the Alps. And since every family has one member who avoids athletic activity, he or she can take the Tramway Du Mount Blanc cable train up the cliffs of the mountain to a mid-point lodge, or ride Aiguille du Midi cable car that suspends passengers over the mountain range with Italy, Switzerland and France all in view.

Related Stories:
· Ski Chamonix [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Deer Valley

December 4, 2007 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

Set deliciously close to Salt Lake City--and its massive number of Delta flights--Park City, Utah offers not one but three ski areas from which to choose. Get yourself on an early morning flight from the West Coast, and you might be able to make first tracks on some of that heavenly, dry Utah powder.

While its hard to go wrong at Park City Mountain or The Canyons, Deer Valley has introduced the biggest changes this season, with the opening of 200-plus acres of new terrain, including a glade skiing area where you can test your tree-avoidance skills. At least, you can if you're a two planker; Deer Valley doesn't welcome snowboarders.

The Deer Valley season fires up this Saturday, with full-day tickets going for $79. Multi-day passes can save you a couple bucks, and afternoon passes are $55 for you skiers flying in from the East Coast.

Related Stories:
· Deer Valley [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Deer Valley]

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Easy-to-Reach Skiing: Timberline Lodge

December 3, 2007 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really like skiing and boarding. But that doesn't mean we want to spend our whole vacation just getting to the mountain. Our Ski Areas Near Airports Map will help you maximize your time on the slopes.

If you don't dawdle around, you could be at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood within two hours of unlatching your airplane seat belt at PDX. It'll take some luck at the luggage carousel, but when you're this close to such terrific skiing, even a slight delay pushing you over the 120 minute mark won't sting too badly.

Take the scenic Highway 26 out of Portland to reach the Timberline, famed for its appearance in The Shining. You'll have access to a vast swath of high-altitude terrain, and starting Saturday, December 8, a new, 220-acre expansion will open below the Lodge.

With the new Still Creek Basin, you can conceivably shred 3,690 vertical feet without stopping--though we'd like to see you try it. Skiing is daylight-hours-only until this Friday, when night riding opens, and the terrain park is already up-and-running for you daredevils.

Related Stories:
· Timberline Lodge [Official Site]
· Timberline Lodge [Jaunted]
· PDX: Childhood Memories [Jaunted]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]