Travel Picks: Top 10 places to ski like an Olympian
BOSTON (Reuters) - Whether you're a beginning skier or polished pro, ski vacations usually combine a little bit of travel, history and adrenaline-pumping fun on the slopes. That's why online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) has come up with its Top 10 destinations to ski like an Olympian. Reuters has not endorsed this list:
1. Park City Mountain Resort - Utah, United States
The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City caused quite a stir between bribery scandals and referee controversies, but it was also one of the most successful Winter Olympics in history. Top events including Giant Slalom and snowboarding were held at Park City Mountain Resort, one of Salt Lake City's premier ski resorts, just 34 miles outside the city. A mix of beginner, intermediate and expert levels, Park City Mountain resort boasts more than 114 trails, with an average yearly snowfall of 340 inches.
2. Whistler Blackcomb - British Columbia, Canada
Arguably the largest ski resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb is also one of the most visited. Made up of two peaks, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak, Whistler Blackcomb has more than 200 ski trails zig-zagging through the Fitzsimmons range. The 2010 Olympics divided all its ski and snowboarding events between the two peaks, so you're sure to ski over some history when you tackle this ski resort.
3. Nakiska Mountain Resort - Alberta, Canada
Technically the 1988 Olympics were held in Calgary, but all alpine ski events were held at Nakiska on Mount Allan in Kananaskis County. A relatively small resort, Nakiska boasts only 64 ski runs, but you're almost always guaranteed good skiing. Nakiska is now an official training center for Alpine Ski Teams around the world every year. Nakiska averages about 95 inches of snow per year, but has extensive snow-making abilities.
4. Whiteface Mountain - New York, United States
The first Winter Olympics hosted in the U.S. were held in Lake Placid, New York, and were officially opened by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. Then in 1980, Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics for a second time. Whiteface Mountain, where the alpine ski events were held, stands to be one of the tallest mountains in the Adirondacks. Home to more than 22 miles of ski trails and 87 ski runs, Whiteface also averages more than 230 inches of snow per year. Continued...