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View of North American chairlift at Norquay
Alberta's Banff National Park has three ski areas within its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other. We took a look at the views you can expect from each of them yesterday, but what else differentiates them? Below, we break down the Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise ski areas:
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View of the North American Chairlift at Mt. Norquay Ski Area
Last week, we wrote that now is a great time to travel to Canada thanks to a favorable exchange rate for Americans. Taking our own advice, we shot up north of the border to Banff National Park outside of Calgary in Alberta. The northern part of the Rocky Mountain chain is known for its dramatic, jagged, glacier-carved peaks that shoot straight up from the sprawling, pine-covered valley floor.
Summer is the primetime season to explore its infamous alpine lakes - such as Moraine - but it is also an underestimated and often overlooked ski destination. Banff has three ski areas inside its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other: Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise.
For much of the nifty fifty it’s cold, cold, and more cold—along with a side of snow. So now is as good of a time as ever to embrace the winter weather and hit the slopes. Sure it’s costly between the lift tickets, transportation, and to rent all that gear; however, Alaska Airlines has a little bit of a program that might save you from cracking open that piggy bank in search of coins and cash.
It’s as simple as trading in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass in exchange for a lift ticket, and the airline has partnered with a number of mountains and resorts to allow travelers to ski for free. Some mountains just provide a discount while others offer up complimentary access to the slopes, but understandably you’re probably going to need to bring some funds to rent skis—assuming you didn’t bring yours with you.
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As a resident of Denver, I can tell you very honestly that, during the football season, Sunday is not a bad day to be on the slopes. Many local NFL fans forgo the day on the mountain and retreat inside to watch games all day, leaving lift lines short and runs clear. Even though the Super Bowl doesn't start until the early evening out west, the same will be true on Super Sunday, probably to a much larger extent.
The fact that many ski areas are expecting reduced demand on Super Sunday equals great deals on lift tickets. So why not sneak in a few runs before the big game festivities begin? Bargain sites like Liftopia are showing discounts all across the country, such as 31% off at Arapahoe Basin, 30% off at Copper Mountain, 16% off at Killington, and 28% off at Snowbird, among others.
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Beat the lift lines at Colorado's most popular resort by following these tips
The ideal situation when navigating popular ski resorts is to make your way to the mountain during the work week, when crowds are nonexistent and lines are thin. But in reality, that’s just not possible for many people.
Thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders will head to Vail for the upcoming MLK and President’s Day weekends, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste your day away in the lift line.
Below are five tips for beating the crowds on busy weekends at Vail:
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Vail is an international ski destination, more than it is a mountain built for locals. That’s not to say locals don’t ride it – it’s got a killer back bowls, after all – but there’s no question Vail’s three villages were constructed with luxury, out-of-town visitors in mind.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t find down-to-earth establishments at which to eat, drink, and be merry. We’ve talked about how to avoid the crowds and ski Vail like a local, and now we dish where, amongst a sea of fine dining, you’ll find real people just hanging out.
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View of the backside of Vail
When speaking of "Vail," most people think of the mountain town 100 miles west of Denver. But when speaking of skiing Vail, you may actually be talking about Vail Resorts, the ski resort operator, which has four different mountain resorts in Colorado: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek. All four mountains provide trails across a range of difficulty levels and all are family-friendly. Yet once you get past those initial similarities, though, you'll find that each has different specialties to offer skiers and snowboarders. Below, we take a look at the main differences between Vail's mountains:
In 1984, Sarajevo held, at the time, one of the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history—and the second ever in a communist state, Yugoslavia, at the time—seeing the most nations ever at a winter games. Sarajevo quickly became a model city.
That is, until the Bosnian War happened from 1992-1995, which Sarajevo was under siege for the entirety—the longest ever of a capital city.
During this time, the modern Olympic facilities, notably the mountain resorts and tracks surrounding the city, were used as defense systems for Bosnian-Serb troops. Needless to say, those three years obliterated the former facilities, leaving bullet-shellacked bobsleigh tracks and mountains littered with landmines.
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We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!
Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will help you truly enjoy the winter weather:
The big prize here is a trip to Wyoming, and that includes plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes. The winner gets a chance to take on the mountains with Travis Rive, and that’s in addition to a four-night trip for two to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. They’ll include airfare, accommodations, lift tickets, and a pair of snowboards too. Get your details in order, as you have until January 5 to enter this contest—good luck.
No need to hit the local mountain this year, as we have a feeling that you might be the big winner on this ski season contest. Just submit your information before April 12, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. The grand prize is a VIP trip for four people to the Steamboat Ski Resort—over in Colorado—and that includes airfare, lift tickets, lodging, ski rentals, and a couple other goodies. Even if you miss the big prize, there are other prizes too like skis, boots, snowboards, and GoPro cameras.
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As you prep for ski season by tracking snow reports and searching for deals, you're no doubt making a mental list of which hills you'd like to hit. We'd like to put another on your radar, one you may not have known existed: Badger Pass Ski Area inside Yosemite National Park.
That's right. As if Yosemite couldn't get any more glorious, it's best kept secret is that it offers downhill skiing during the winter. To be fair, it is pretty modest when compared against the other major players over in Tahoe. It only has 10 runs, a maximum vertical drop of 800 feet, and 85% of its terrain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate levels. But it's a cool choice for beginners who want to learn to ski in style, especially this season as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
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Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will McGough, tearing through some powder last year in Steamboat Springs
Now that the calendar has turned to November, it's time to welcome in the 2014-2015 North American ski season.
We were lucky enough to get a jump on it this year, knocking the dust off our gear early by taking a trip to South America this summer, during which we highlighted the differences between a few of the major resorts and visited one of the country's best apres-ski venues. With those memories still near, it is a beautiful thing to see the ski resorts here at home begin to turn on the lifts.
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Park City Mountain Resort ended several weeks worth of drama earlier this week by posting the $17.5 million dollar bond required to keep the ski resort open for the upcoming season. The Greater Salt Lake area celebrated, and all seemed poised to go on as normal this winter. Then, yesterday, just two days later, PCMR announced it had sold all its assets to Vail Resorts. Let the drama once again begin.
If you missed the circus that had been going on, you can get caught up here. PCMR was involved in a legal battle with its tenant, who, not coincidentally, was backed by Vail. Last year, Vail purchased neighboring Canyons Resort, and has since had its eye on acquiring PCMR. It now plans to connect the two resorts for future seasons.