Over the last few years, alpine skiing has become a more and more popular sport. Since the early 70s mountain scenes all over the world have turned from relatively poor regions where only farmers could make their live to densely populated landscapes with lots of hotels, boarding houses and so on. In Europe Switzerland and Austria are definitely the most popular skiing nations. However skiing is also famous in New Zealand and even Australia. It is quiet fascinating that there are five huge ski resorts (Mt. Buller, Hotham, Falls Creek, Thredbo and Perisher Blue) in the middle of the so-called Snowy Mountains which are located in the south of a dust-dry continent. North America boasts to have one of the best skiing regions on earth.
Whistler became a synonym for powder skiing in Canada. In the United States however, Colorado claims to be the best place for skiers and snowboarders. Resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Aspen are well known even to skiers and boarders in Europe. The ski resorts in the USA are famous for the very dry and light snow that covers the Rocky Mountains in Colorado every year again and again. The Back Bowls in Vail offer a huge variety of expert terrain which can be accessed by five modern chair lifts. The so-called Blue Sky Basin offers even more demanding Black Diamond Runs. But skiing in Colorado is more than just the Back Bowls in Vail. The expression “Champagne Powder” was found in Steamboat, one of the northernmost resorts in Colorado.
Steamboat offers amazing tree-skiing especially near the mountain top of Storm Peak (10,372 ft). While Steamboat is for expert skiers and powder fans, the most luxurious resort in Colorado is definitely Beaver Creek. The ski resort is located in proximity to the Interstate 70 which crosses the Rockies from Denver to Utah. Therefore Beaver Creek is among the most easily accessible resorts in Colorado. Beaver Creek village is a very lovely place. It imitates an old european style mountain village but provides the guests with luxurious hotels and bars. Many slopes in Beaver Creek, which are earmarked intermediate level (blue), are little demanding. Especially at the Arrowhead Mountain the slopes cater more to beginner skiers than sporty intermediate skiers. However there is enough to discover for experts, too. The terrain between the “Centennial Express Lift” and the “Birds of Prey Express Lift” are quiet demanding and the Back Bowls in Vail are just a 10 minutes drive away.