Tuesday, April 28, 2015

End of season bargains for skiers

With the end of April quickly approaching, so is the end of this winter’s ski season. To make the most of the snow that remains, the condo booking site VacationRoost.com is offering some end-of-season deals for several sites around the U.S. and Canada.
Here are the ski sites, their closing dates, and a snapshot of what each has to offer.

Sunday River, Maine, closing May 2. Sunday River Resort is one of New England's favorite ski resorts, spanning eight mountains with 132 named trails served by 16 chairlifts. It boasts New England's only chair/gondola hybrid known as the "Chondola." Sunday River also has an extensive snowmaking system that covers 92 percent of the skiable acres, making it one of the most dependable resorts on the East Coast.

Sugarbush, Vermont, closing May 3. Sugarbush, it is said, is to Vermont what Steamboat is to Colorado: visitors come to Sugarbush from all over the world. An all-season resort, it is tucked against 4,000 foot mountains and has 111 named trails, 18 chairlifts, a summit of 4,083 feet, and some of the most diverse terrain on the East Coast.

Squaw Valley, California, closing May 3. Squaw Valley USA was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics 50 years ago and has remained impressive ever since. With 3,600 skiable acres, 177 named trails, and an annual snowfall of 450 inches per year, the resort is a true Western United States treasure. Squaw Valley also boasts one of the most advanced lift systems in the country, with an average uphill capacity rate of 49,000 people per hour.

Loveland, Colorado, closing May 3. Located near the town of Georgetown, the Loveland Ski Area is situated within the Arapahoe National Forest, adjacent to the Continental Divide and Interstate 70, Loveland has one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit over 13,000 feet. It has 93 trails and two base areas with access to 1,800 acres for skiers and riders.

Skiing Banff/Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta, closing May 10. Lake Louise is a beautiful and secluded resort located in the wilderness of Banff National Park. The resort offers 4,200 skiable acres full of groomers, chutes, bowls, unmarked trails, and glades that appeal to any ski personality.

Lake Louise offers green and blue runs from every chairlift, but still incorporates black diamonds for the more skilled skiers seeking a challenge. The resort also offers public and private lessons from highly qualified and experienced staff members.

Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah, closing May 17. Located in the Rocky Mountains just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Snowbird offers 2,500 skiable acres, 11 lifts, and a summit 11,000 feet, Attracting visitors from around the world, Snowbird collects some of the greatest snow on earth, and is filled with bowls, chutes, groomers, glades, mogul runs, and more.

Sunshine Village, Alberta, closing May 17. Sunshine Village is a Banff favorite because of its abundance snowfall, uncrowded slopes, and beautiful alpine vista views. The resort is spread over three mountains, giving a total of 3,358 skiable acres with 107 named trails, chutes, and bowls that give skiers the unique opportunity of skiing in both Alberta and British Columbia in the same run. Sunshine Village receives 30 feet of light and dry "champagne powder" snow annually.

Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia, closing May 18. Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America with over 10,000 feet of skiable acres spanning across the Whistler and Blackcomb sides. Whistler has frequently been accorded honors as among the top ski resorts in the world and has one of the longest ski seasons of all North American ski resorts.

Killington Resort, Vermont, closing in June. Killington Resort is aptly known as the "Beast of the East" for its trail grooming, terrain parks, and dedication to great snowmaking. The resort is served by 22 chairs, including two gondolas and seven high-speed chairs. Killington is home to four nationally recognized terrain parks filled with jumps, ramps, rails, jibs, tabletops, and an 18-foot superpipe.

Arapahoe Basin, closing early June. An alpine ski area in the White River National Forest of Colorado, half of Arapahoe is above the timberline with open bowl skiing and snowboarding available through spring. The summit reaches 13,000 feet and the resort offers 109 trails -- with the longest run at 1.5 miles – on 960 skiable acres.

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