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7 Must-visit Ski Resorts

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Winter season is in full swing. Grab your gear and get ready to explore these  ski destinations across the US and Europe.

Cervinia, Italy
This region of uncontaminated nature dates back two hundred years when it would take hours to reach this pristine region through treacherous snowdrifts. Modern technology has found a way to make this region more accessible, especially for skiing. Known as one of the largest ski-worthy areas in the Alps, this landscape stretches through three valleys and two countries, Switzerland and Italy. The resort is located at 2,050 meters and usually opens late October. Skiers may not be able to ski to the lodge until December snowfalls completely cover the grounds. When in peak season, skiers can ski all day without repeating the same run twice.

Solden, Austria
Thanks to two nearby glaciers, snowfall comes early, which the ski resort opens in early October. The resort is located at 1,350 meters. The resort is not located in the highest altitude, but features plenty of powder for skiers to enjoy. Glacier skiing is technically operational year round. In December, the park is in full operation and the snow is not as slushy as the warmer months.

Sunday River, Maine
Known for its legendary snow, the resort has been classified as the “most dependable snow in New England.” The resort often opens around Halloween, with this season ticking in at November 3, 2014. The resort spans three miles located between White Cap and the Jordan Bowl, connecting eight mountain peaks. The resort features 135 trails and 15 lifts.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, Colorado
This season, the resort officially opened Mid-October.  Thanks to more snowfall, Arapahoe opened more terrain on October 31, 2014. Families score big on savings as children under 14 years of age ski free November 30-December 19. Arapahoe offers early ski conditions; however, beginner skiing is not recommended as open terrain is limited and weather conditions are not consistent. Keep posted to weather conditions and live camera updates on the resort’s website.

Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt offers world class skiing and homes the iconic Matterhorn. The mountains stand as tall as 13,100 feet, which are the highest mountains in Europe. Twenty-nine jagged, snow-capped peaks surround the ski area, which is one of the most photogenic ski areas in Europe. Zermatt homes three separate ski destinations, all equipped with perfect powder and stellar views. Zermatt has the longest winter in the alps where all three ski areas open and fully operate in late November.

Mammoth, California
When thinking of California, early ski-season usually does not trigger the first thought about Californian mountains. The resort opens on November 12, 2014 and homes 3,500 acres of skiable landscapes and 400 inches of snow. Mammoth stands tall at 11,053 feet and is the highest summit of any Californian resort. Wear your “sunnies” as Mammoth boasts 300 days of sun per year, making it the perfect destination for a sunny sun, snow and skiing.

Hintertux Glacier, Austria
Hintertux is open 365 days per year, which is Austria’s only year-round winter sport destination.  Locals claim Hintertux is the best glacier in the Alps. Early-winter skiers can enjoy plenty of powder, sun and a mid-afternoon beer. Early bird skiing is ideal to beat crowds, since nearby regional resorts are closed. Once the surrounding area’s resorts open, Hintertux floods with crowds who  visit the region’s various ski resorts.

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