Friday, July 22, 2016
Did you know that there are over 1800 total trails in Colorado ski country? Since they average
hundreds of inches of snowfall along with approximately 300 days of sunshine per year,
Colorado skiing resorts are one of the most popular destinations for Nordic and Alpine skiers in
the world. From miles of tubing lanes to exceptional tree skiing opportunities, Colorado offers
winter recreational activities for just about all ages and skill levels. Some other winter activities
that you can find include snow shoeing, ice skating, dinner sleigh rides and even snowmobile
tours. In addition to being a mecca for winter activities, many ski resorts also offer a range of
summer activities including hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, golf, music
festivals and zip lining.
If you are wondering what some of the top destinations in Colorado are, then here is a list of
locations where you can find some of the best Colorado skiing resorts:
Aspen, CO - Aspen Mountain has been the epitome of the skiing lifestyle for several decades.
Ajax is famous for a variety of steep runs, bumps, glades and incredible views. When you
finished with the slopes, the town of Aspen is renowned for its variety of great restaurants,
amazing nightlife and shopping opportunities. Talk to a Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialist
today and choose your start and end dates (Nov-April).
Vail, CO - Home to America’s largest ski resort, Vail Mountain features three distinguished
terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of free ride terrain. Visitors can also experience a
variety of exciting activities at Adventure Ridge, Vail's mountaintop activity center.
Beaver Creek, CO - Voted Best Guest Service in the Country by the National Ski Areas
Association for three consecutive years, Colorado's most celebrated resort is beautifully nestled
at the foot of North America's World Cup Mountain, offering 149 trails and 17 lifts including 10 high speed quad chairlifts and 2 gondolas.
Breckenridge, CO - The Beaver Run Resort is one of the finest Colorado skiing resorts that you'll
find in the state. The resort features four immense peaks spanning 2,358 acres with five terrain
parks. Every beginner and intermediate trail is groomed nightly so you can enjoy endless turns
throughout your day. It’s also home to North America’s highest chairlift, the Imperial Express.
Crested Butte, CO - If you are looking for small town charm combined with adventure, then
Crested Butte is known as one of the few remaining true ski towns. It features uncrowded
slopes with fantastic grooming and snow conditions.
Copper Mountain, CO - Commonly referred to as "Colorado's Perfect Ski Mountain,” Copper Mountain is one destination where you can relax while having fun. The ski resort takes pride on the powdery slopes that are suited for all ski levels.
Remember, it’s never too early to choose a tour and begin planning a vacation to one of these
Colorado skiing resorts. Tours de Sport specializes in quality, discount ski vacation packages to
the US, Canada, and South America. If you are searching for a ski vacation package to any of
these areas, look no further!
Thursday, July 07, 2016
A northeastern state renown for its natural landscape, Vermont is one of the most popular winter
destinations in the US for snow sports. Did you know that there are over 6000 acres of alpine
terrain in Vermont? It’s a state rich in ski history that is home to the first alpine ski tow, the first
chairlift and the first Nordic ski center in the US. If you are a fan of Burton snowboards, then
you may already be privy to the fact that the Burlington headquarters are located in Vermont.
Since there are 19 alpine Vermont ski resorts, visitors of all ages and skill levels can easily find
accommodations around the state.
Here are some of the top Vermont ski resorts:
Jay Peak - Mother Nature seem to favor Jay Peak in the winter. Because of the mountain's unique
location and geographical features, Jay Peak gets more snow than anywhere else in New England
(twice as much as many resorts). Located in Northern Vermont, Jay Peak is just a short drive
from the Canadian border, attracting skiiers and snowboarders to its 76 trails from all over.
Killington - Unlike any other mountain resort in the northeast, Killington not only features the
largest mountain trail acreage in the east (1200+ acres), but also the largest vertical drop in New
England. There's more snow, ski, snowboard, and outdoor fun than you'll know what to do with.
Mount Snow - This locale offers 48 miles of snow-filled trails that will keep the novice and
expert entertained forever. The mountain boasts a two-mile- long novice trail from the summit,
100-yard- wide intermediate trails and an expert North Face that includes Ripcord, Mount Snow's
steepest trail and one of the steepest in New England. Mount Snow Resort has four mountain
areas (Main Mountain, North Face, Carinthia and Sunbrook), and offers a variety of terrain
suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Okemo Mountain - This destination features five mountain areas including the Jackson Gore
Peak, Solitude Peak, South Face, Glades Peak, and South Ridge area. Okemo Mountain is home
to Southern Vermont's highest vertical drop with a height of 2,200 feet. Okemo has many
accolades including ranked #8 for “Top 50 Resorts” in the October issue of SKI Magazine and
#7 in TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine for its terrain parks.
Smugglers' Notch - Ranked #1 for its Family Programs in North America and #1 for Customer
Service in the Eastern U.S., offers 78 fabulous snow-filled ski and snowboard trails. Smugglers'
Notch also is home to the East's only Triple Black Diamond trail.
Stowe Mountain - is home to the infamous Front Four (Starr, Goat, National and Lift Line)
which are arguably the most exciting runs in the East. For the novice skiers and snowboarders,
there's an entire mountain (Spruce Peak) criss-crossed with easygoing runs. And with the longest
average trail length in New England, be prepared to spend some time on the snowy mountains of
Sugarbush - This resort showcases 4,000 plus acres of snow-covered trails. Sugarbush Resort
will keep people of all ages coming back time and time again for skiing, snowboarding, and
outdoor fun. Sugarbush has just added 40 acres of wooded skiing for those of you that like a
challenge. You'll never be bored at Sugarbush Resort.
ToursDeSport Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialists are available to help you book one of these
Vermont ski resorts today, Call Toll-Free, 877-4- SKI-EAST.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Green Mountains are a stunning range in Vermont and are the name sake of the
state. In French Verts Monts means Green Mountains and just before Vermont became a state
it was known as the Green Mountain Republic. There is a hiking trail that runs from the northern
border to the southern border of the state, traversing through the mountains and even through
some of the ski hills. Approximately one third of the Long Trail is part of the Appalachian Trail,
which covers about nineteen hundred miles itself. Nestled in the Green Mountains, just south of
the Canadian border is the Jay Peak Resort.
and snowboarding. The trails of Jay Peak started being built in 1950’s by the first ski school
director, well known Austrian skier and former coach of the Spanish Olympic Team, Walter
Foeger. The first lift was installed in 1955 and in 1957 the resort opened for skiing. Jay Peak
boasts the most snow in the eastern United States which makes for some great skiing, on both
the groomed trails and the many back-country trails.
Many people have said that the back-country trails are what sets the Jay Peak Resort
apart from others. The back country skiing feeds off resort so you will need to get your own ride
back, but, to be able to ski this terrain is an unforgettable experience. The tracts of land used for
back-country skiing are conserved by the Green Mountain Club and the State of Vermont. The
area is part of a high elevation forest which is a particularly fragile environment and is home to
the rare Bickel’s Thrush. Because of this special habitat there is an absolutely no cutting policy,
which means that you cannot cut any saplings or other brush that might get in your way. This
area must stay as pristine as possible. When skiing this terrain, you must be aware of the many
potential hazards the woods has to offer, such as buried rocks, sink holes, stumps, fallen trees
and more. That being said, it is always good to wear the proper safety equipment; a helmet, a
GPS, a shovel, and a multi-tool, among many other items. Always ride in a group of at least
three and make sure that you figure out a meet-up spot if your group splits up. And never start
your trip afternoon because it isn’t fun getting lost, and even less fun being lost in the dark, in
the mountains, and in the winter.
The groomed trails at Jay Peak Resort are still very beautiful and on the resort property
you’ll even have some Glades so tougher riding. You have about three hundred and eighty-five
acres to play on with about seventy-eight trails. jay Peak Resort is also known for its ski school,
which says it can teach you how to ski in a week using Walter Foeger’s technique known as
“Natur Teknik” or natural technique. The student learns to hop the skis instead of doing stem
turns or snowplow turns. The Glades at Jay Peak Resort require advanced skills and a group to
ski them. Always wear a helmet and never go out to the Glades after 3pm. Jay Peak Resort also
has four terrain parks for those of you who want to hit some jibs, boxes, and rails.
Steve Wright, the VP of Marketing, Sales and Hospitality says that “When resorts are run
by those who love mountains, we all benefit. At Jay Peak, we care about deep snow, about
building community and creating opportunities and about developing something that we all get
to enjoy.” and we whole-heartedly agree with him. Visit Jay Peak Resort to see and feel the love
of the mountains.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Colorado is a winter sport lover’s dream. This stunning state gets the perfect fluffy snow
that your skis or snowboards can slice through easily, giving you the perfect ride. The landscape
is rugged yet enticingly inviting for those who adore a true outdoor adventure experience. The
back country is chalk full of dips, turns, dives, and danger for those who want to truly test their
skills. For those that prefer a groomed run each destination available with the Colorado ski
packages offers those as well, from a beginner level to the advanced ones for those searching
for a challenge. In Colorado, there are over forty-two- thousand acres of skiable land. So where
will your heart take you?
Annually, Colorado is projected to serve over 20% of the skiers in the US, which is over
fifty-six million people. But when your state boasts over three hundred inches of annual snow
fall and an average peak elevation of over eleven thousand feet, it’s no wonder why people flock
there. And it certainly helps that the state is normally the first to open during the ski season and
tend to have very long winters and approximately half of the ski resorts are within thirty-five
miles of an airport. Skiers pump almost three billion dollars a year into the Colorado economy
which helps the state sponsor many wonderful safety programs to proactively educate visitors
and residents about how to stay safe on the slopes so they can come back year after year!
When you purchase one of the many available Colorado ski packages, or even have one
custom made by an expert, all the wonders of Colorado become available to you, including their
almost eighteen hundred ski trails to choose from.
Colorado offers many wonderful opportunities to connect to mother nature throughout
the year the winter truly offers an experience that is beyond words. They have something for
everyone to enjoy, from luxurious spas within the resorts to heli-skiiing for the truly intrepid skier
and snowboarder, and of course, everything in between. Colorado is home to the oldest
continually operating ski area, which has been operating since 1915 and is located in
Steamboat Springs. It’s called Howelsen Hill and is named after the famed Norwegian ski
jumper and the “Father of Skiing in Colorado”, Carl Howelsen (the Flying Norseman) who also
built the first ski jump in Steamboat Springs in 1914. This ski jump area is still used to train
Olympians, which is appropriate considering that Steamboat Springs has produced more
Olympic athletes for the US than any other city in the country. The ski history is incredibility rich
in Colorado, the state was home to many notable people who have helped shape as well as
helped challenge the ideas associated with this fantastic winter sport. And don’t worry, going to
Steamboat Springs, or Ski Town, U.S.A., is an option with our Colorado ski packages so you
can go and truly feel the history of skiing.
Colorado offers relaxation and many challenges to make sure your trip there is well
rounded and worth it. The best possible way to get the balanced trip of your dreams is by
obtaining one of the Colorado ski packages. Our experts are here to help you make the most of
your money and your experience so don’t hesitate to call!
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Imagine standing at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies, with the sun making
the fluffy, fresh powder glisten and the air is crisp and cold so when you exhale you can see
your breath crystalize right before your eyes. Picture a beautifully rugged landscape, seemingly
untouched by man, and a green and white horizon that seems to go on forever. Below you is an
almost six kilometer trail to the bottom of the mountain. You take one more deep breath and
shove off, your skis floating on top of the snow as you aggressively navigate the trail down. This
experience, and more, can be yours with one of our Jasper ski packages.
Jasper and Marmot Basin are located in Alberta, Canada in the Jasper National Park.
The park is eleven-thousand square kilometers, 97% of which is protected wilderness which
means that when you visit you can have the opportunity to experience more than just skiing or
snowboarding. This stunning park is not only one of Canada’s biggest national parks but it is
also one of the oldest, dating back to 1907. There are thousands of miles of trails that you can
go cross country skiing on to really take in some of the majesty of the mountains and canyons.
Maligne Canyon is considered one of Jasper’s hidden gems and harbors stunning frozen
wonders. The best way to see the magic of winter in the canyon it’s best to hire a guide because
it can be treacherous. Purchasing one of the Jasper ski packages truly opens up a wonderful
winter world for you and the whole family.
But what about the mountain? Marmot Basin has just under seventeen hundred acres of
terrain and boasts Canada’s highest base elevation. The longest ski run is just under six
kilometers, but no worries, because this mountain has eighty-six runs to choose from; 30% are
novice, 30% are intermediate, 20% are advanced, and the final 20% are expert so regardless of
your experience level you will have some fantastic runs to choose from. The runs themselves
are full of variety and flaunt pristine groomed runs as well as chutes, alpine bowls, trees, and
bumps. There are two available terrain parks, one featuring jibs, jumps, boxes, and rails and the
other mainly features rails and boxes, so whatever your terrain park skills are, they have you
covered there too. This mountain offers up to six months of skiing and snowboarding because
they receive over four-hundred centimeters of snow annually, giving you a fantastic window of
opportunity to book one of the Jasper ski packages. But make sure you are prepared for the
frigid weather, and if you are a more aggressive athlete and like to do back country, be fully
equipped for anything the mountain could potentially throw at you. There are seven lifts on the
mountain and three lodges, one at the base and two mid-mountain. They even have a daycare
facility for the little ones while you enjoy shredding. You can’t go wrong!
All in all, Jasper needs to be on your bucket list. It’s considered one of the best kept
secrets in the Canadian Rockies. Who wouldn’t want to go to a giant national park and
experience the wonder that nature provides us? Jasper offers something for everyone in the
family and definitely will not disappoint. But don’t forget, the best way to get these amazing
memories is by booking one of the Jasper ski packages to get the biggest bang for your buck.
When you visit Jasper you will be wowed by the friendly people, the breathtaking scenery, and
the challenge of their ski runs. It will truly be an experience you will never forget.