Skiing in North America is like nowhere else in the world. The resorts in the rocky mountains are spectacular. They offer something for everyone; long groomed runs from the top of the mountain to the base that are as wide as motorways as well as world famous tree runs and glades perfect for exploring. More adventurous skiers can enjoy the incredible off-piste skiing and for those looking to take their holiday to the next level, North America is the perfect place for cat skiing and heli-skiing.
I have visited Banff, Alberta many times and on my recent visit I was still captivated by how beautiful the mountain landscape is. The valleys stretch for miles with nothing but roads and rivers running through them, an untouched expanse just waiting to be explored. Be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife during your travels; Elk, Coyotes, Bison, a Moose or even a Wolf pack!
While the quaint ski villages of Europe are the ideal for many people, the old mining towns of the US and Canada have their own distinct charm. Characterful high streets filled with classic saloons, taverns and restaurants mostly named after a bear or moose! In addition, the locals are very welcoming and friendly; the lift queues (if any) are calm and orderly with lift attendants who are as happy as you to be in the mountains.
To answer the question 'what does North America have to offer?' A beautiful wilderness to explore, charming and friendly little mountain towns and amazing skiing.
Hotel and North America Specialist
Where to stay when skiing in Canada?
The Four Seasons has raised the bar in terms of the quality of service offered in Whistler and has now become the place to stay. It is located in the upper village and has incredible facilities including a great swimming pool, hot tubs, a fully equipped spa and gym complete with yoga and pilates classes.
The spectacular Horstman Chalet is one of the best ski in, ski out luxury ski chalets in Whistler. Inside, it has spacious rooms with high ceilings and large windows which show off the amazing views. These views over Whistler Village can also be enjoyed from the deck area which has a private hot tub and rock fireplace.
Steeped in history, the Fairmont Banff Springs has been welcoming guests to the Canadian Rocky mountains for almost 125 years. Located in the heart of stunning Banff National Park, it offers all the facilities you would expect from a world-class hotel including 12 restaurants and lounges, a top class spa, shopping, bowling centre and a kids club.
Where to stay when skiing in the United States?
One Aspen Chalet is a contemporary property that mixes privacy and convenience only steps from the Aspen gondola. The dining area is surrounded by magnificent views of the Aspen mountains thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax into the hot tub on the patio after a day on the slopes; the ultimate après ski spot.
Situated in the private Starwood Estate, Four Peaks is an outstanding chalet which presents the best of what Aspen has to offer, in design, service and outstanding views. Sitting on a 3 acre private estate, it boasts contemporary American design, the finest furnishings and views of all four of Aspens beautiful mountain peaks.
You know what you are getting with the Four Seasons brand - luxurious accommodation, high quality facilities and fantastic, friendly service. The Four Seasons Jackson Hole certainly lives up to this and it could not be in a more perfect setting, surrounded by the breath-taking Grand Tetons and right at the base of the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.