So what's it like?
Big mountains, beautiful hotels, Old West towns and some of the quietest slopes around - there are so many reasons to ski the USA. But it’s the snow that really sets it apart...
If you’re looking for the best snow in the world, then the USA comes pretty close. Whisper-light powder is the norm here, and it chucks it down. Colorado’s snow is particularly light thanks to the high altitude of its ski resorts. Head out to Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat, Vail or Winter Park to test out it out. And the state also claims to get over 300 days of sunshine, which means bluebird days on the mountain and a great goggle tan when you get home. Another spot on the powder bucketlist has to be Utah, which claims to have the greatest snow on earth – the moisture’s drawn out of it over the Nevada desert, leaving you with piles of powder that’s as light as a feather. See for yourself in Park City.
Next up, the terrain. An enviable mix of tree-lined runs and glade skiing in Breckenridge and Steamboat, some amazing bowls in Vail, and Aspen – the all-rounder with world-class terrain for every kind of skier. And most mountains are big enough to cater for all abilities, so mixed groups and families can all find their place on the mountain. What’s more, North American slopes are usually quiet, with some of the shortest lift queues around, so there’s no jostling for space on the slopes or argy bargy while you wait for your ride.
Cowboy towns with clapboard shopfronts and swing-door saloons are all part of the charm of a USA holiday, and lots of those old mining towns are now ski towns too. Get your John Wayne on in Breckenridge, Steamboat and Park City and experience an après scene with a distinctly Wild West vibe.
Add in an outstanding standard of hotel and that famous American service with a smile, and it's hard not to be happy when you're skiing in the USA.
Please note: When you register for your ESTA you must have a valid passport at the time of registration. For any travel to the USA, your passport must be an e-passport that contains the microchip and the e-passport symbol.