The ul­ti­mate bucket list snow hol­i­day

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HAVE you ever wanted to do your own snow sa­fari, well the team at Mogul Ski World have ac­cess to the best deals and of­fer the fol­low­ing as a dream snow hol­i­day/road trip as a sug­ges­tion for the ul­ti­mate pow­der es­cape.

Why not ski and board the re­sorts of Aspen, Tel­luride and Jack­son Hole in the USA and then head north to Canada and check out Lake Louise in Banff and Revel­stoke.

All of these re­sorts boast big rep­u­ta­tions and they back it up with ev­ery­thing you may de­sire from a snow road trip.

First up is Aspen which has al­ways been con­sid­ered one of the world’s top class re­sorts, and on ev­ery­one’s bucket list. Orig­i­nally a min­ing town, Aspen be­gan at­tract­ing recre­ational skiers af­ter the 1932 Win­ter Olympics in Lake Placid. Com­prised of four moun­tains; Aspen Moun­tain, Aspen Highlands, But­ter­milk and Snow­mass, all are ac­ces­si­ble on the one lift pass, mak­ing it one of the largest com­bined ski ar­eas in North Amer­ica.

The ski­ing is var­ied and can suit any level of skier as each moun­tain has its own char­ac­ter with end­less groomed runs, pow­der bowls, steep runs and plenty of trees. Add to this one of the most vi­brant towns in Colorado and you have it all.

Next stop visit Tel­luride with its won­der­ful Vic­to­rian min­ing town and 14,000 peaks wel­com­ing you to its val­ley. Si­t­u­ated in the south­west of Colorado and de­liv­er­ing miles of un­crowded slopes and di­verse ter­rain, you will be in Colorado heaven. Suit­able for all stan­dards of snow en­thu­si­asts, you may never want to leave.

Now travel to Wy­oming and visit the re­sort of Jack­son Hole, an area of­fer­ing 2,500 acres of ski­able ter­rain and the big­gest ver­ti­cal drop in Amer­ica. Few moun­tains live up to their rep­u­ta­tion but Jack­son Hole is one of them. You will know that this re­sort gives you ev­ery­thing you came for – deep snow, breath­tak­ing views, un­crowded slopes and Wild West fun. Set amongst the scenic Grand Te­tons, this area of­fers not just ski­ing but a com­plete win­ter hol­i­day.

This is cow­boy coun­try and Jack­son has an abun­dance of snow and the keen skier and snowboarder has a choice of ter­rain in­clud­ing bowls and chutes for the ex­perts and it also of­fers a great mix of ter­rain for in­ter­me­di­ate and begin­ners alike. Get to Jack­son and ride the fa­mous ae­rial tram and join in this fan­tas­tic snow play­ground. Whilst rid­ing the tram watch the dou­ble black skiers at­tempt Cor­bet’s Couloir, which is al­ways a spec­ta­cle.

Af­ter your USA leg, fly north to Cal­gary in Canada and be blown away by the scenery of Banff, which is one of the best Cana­dian ski towns. Lake Louise near Banff has with­out doubt some of the best scenic ski­ing in Canada, but don’t let the Cana­dian Rock­ies dom­i­nate your stay, as it is a huge re­sort with end­less ter­rain. It of­fers fan­tas­tic ski­ing and board­ing with be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced runs off all lifts.

From Lake Louise drive to Revel­stoke, which is nes­tled in the south east of Bri­tish Columbia and boasts some im­pres­sive num­bers and light, dry ‘Selkirk Range’ pow­der. Revel­stoke has the big­gest ver­ti­cal drop in North Amer­ica, com­ing in at a whop­ping 1,713 me­tres off lift-ac­cessed ter­rain. With four high alpine bowls, 3,121 acres of fall line ski­ing and 69 named runs, all your op­tions are well and truly cov­ered here.

For all the in­for­ma­tion on the ap­pli­ca­ble re­sorts or for any other snow ad­ven­ture con­tact Mogul Ski World on 1800 335 724.

PHOTO: Ian Houghton

◆ AWE­SOME: Ski­ing at Revel­stoke sure looks invit­ing.

◆ AM­BI­ENCE: The town of Aspen is on ev­ery­one’s bucket list.

◆ VIEW: At Tel­luride you some­times just stop to ad­mire the moun­tains.

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