Shipping – 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid.

These days, you should be doing everything and anything to take care of your members and guests. Why? Because if you’re not doing it someone else will.  So why aren’t you offering a shipping service to your clientele? After all, don’t they deserve the best options!

Rental FOMO (Fear of missing out on club or ski rental revenue)

Are you a resort and have Rental FOMO? Our service caters to skier’s who are passionate about using their OWN equipment, not someone else’s. Our customers would rather drag their snow gear onto the plane if it meant not dealing with a set of loaner’s not fit for them. If anything, Ship Skis should make a nice complement to your rental program. We’ve even figured out ways to help you drive revenue, completely wiping out the fears of Rental FOMO.

Afraid the service will be too much of a hassle?

Aside from physically attaching the label to your luggage, ski and/or snowboard case, or box for your member or guest, our team literally can take care of the rest! This includes monitoring and arranging pickups, resolving any issues that may pop-up during transit, and communicate with the destination that packages are coming their way. It’s a completely free, outsourced service that you can implement right away. And you can trust us, we’ve been doing this since 2011 and have developed relationships with over 3500 facilities across the world. We will also take the time to customize our service to your needs. On top of that, we provide you with all the tools you need to succeed, including free shipping supplies.

Rather than asking yourself what’s in it for me, shouldn’t you be asking what’s in it for my member or guest!

Question the reliability of shipping?

What happens if your member or guest decides to fly with their skis or luggage and they don’t make it with the airlines? They’re likely ripping their hair out on the phone for hours with the airline, getting no nothing in return (besides a headache). Paying out of their own pocket for rentals it is!

With Ship Skis, we will track your equipment in real-time from the moment they are picked up until the moment they deliver. We know exactly where your bags are and when they need to arrive. We even have the capability of expediting service when an unforeseen situation arises. And if we can’t get your equipment to you before you hit the chairlift, we’ll cover the costs of rentals and other items you need for the day.

For the longest time, shipping was too expensive of an option for most. Thanks to millions of traveling skiers across the world we’ve been able to change that and offer the most aggressive rates the industry has to offer. And if all of this wasn’t enough, shipping with  Ship Skis has an on-time success rate around 95%, better than the airlines. Don’t be afraid, embrace shipping services – your members and guests will thank you for it!

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INC.com Feature for Ski Shipping Service, Ship Skis

The process to ship your snow gear to and from the mountain is now easier than ever. As winter is in full swing, and you head to the slopes, the awkwardness of lugging your gear will be no more.

Thanks to Ship Skis, all you have to do is follow 4 simple steps. Before you know it, you will be on your way to the mountains. Seems too easy? Well, that’s the simplicity of Ship Skis’ service.

 Ship Skis and INC.COM

Tom Popomaronis, an INC.com writer shared his understanding of the hassle-free shipping service, Ship Skis, with the hundreds of daily readers of INC. Tom is not an avid skier himself but was very impressed with what the service has to offer. As the trend of travel picks up for millennials and families around the globe, so does finding an alternate way for travel for your luggage and ski gear to and from the peak. The modern customer expects the ease of accessibility, convenience, and affordability all in one. With Ship Skis, you receive all of these and more. With ShipSkis.com, you are provided with white-glove customer service from the moment you book your shipment. As we are headed into the new year, the way people travel will steadily increase, converting more users to switch over to services such as Ship Skis because of the duo of the cost-convenience factor.

 

Read the full Ship Skis INC.com article here

Tom’s Understanding of Ship Sticks

The convenience Ship Skis offers their customers is what makes the company so unique.  The 4-step process is simple and easy for any skier to follow. You will never have to leave your home again to ship your snow gear. With an easy online ordering form, you can drop your gear off at a designated shipping carrier or elect to have it picked up. Yes, the carrier will come directly to your business, residence or to wherever you are skiing. From there, all you need to do is pack up your gear and print out your barcoded shipping labels. Then finally you’re ready for a successful shipment.

Ship Skis partners with several ski facilities around the world. From this, they have gained trust from the partner itself and the actual customer. In fact, they have shipped over 200,000 bags successfully since they began business.

The price is the most attractive feature for a Ship Skis customer. Find out for yourself, by grabbing a quick quote for your ski gear today. Ship Skis is over 50% cheaper than going directly through the carrier itself. What more can you ask for? The answer is a hassle-free experience which is in turn inherited from the moment you schedule your shipment. If you still are not sold on what Ship Skis can provide you. Check out their Support Center.

This ease of service can’t be found anywhere else. Ship Skis is the only ski shipping company that allows you to enjoy more time shredding snow and less time worrying if your skis will make it on the plane or not.

How Can You Benefit From This INC Experience?

Although Tom is not a skier himself, he is, in fact, a person who believes in a reliable service. This is the standard practice of Ship Skis. They thrive off making their customers 100% satisfied. They ensure that the experience of each skier is nothing short of memorable. With that being said, when will you let Ship Skis simply your next travel experience? Go ahead and book now!

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Featured Resort: Northstar Ski Resort

Northstar at Tahoe

Northstar Ski Resort

Conveniently located halfway between one of North America’s most magnificent mountain towns and possibly the world’s most beautiful alpine lake, Northstar is a ski destination that should be on every skier and snowboarder’s bucket list.

Northstar California, previously named Northstar at Tahoe, sits by the north shore of Lake Tahoe and is just 200 miles from San Francisco. The resort is home to a whopping 3,000 acres of vertical drops, intense downhill terrain, a cross-country center, on-site logging, an 18-hole golf course plus so much more.

With an ambiance unlike any other, Northstar provides upscale shops and dining along with an iconic slopeside lodge, which boasts a 5-star rating . Despite all of these luxurious features, Northstar has remained a resort destination for families, thanks in part to their unique, laid-back style. Some guests have even mentioned Northstar’s village being similar to a picturesque Disneyland Resort.

Northstar Mountain Master Plan

One feature that sets Northstar apart from any other ski resort is their Mountain Master Plan, first announced in 2012. This detailed plan consists of on-mountain improvements and additional recreational activities. Although the plan was announced years ago, final changes have not been determined. The guiding light for these improvements over the next couple of decades will be guest feedback. That being said the committee has made maintaining the current resources of the mountain a high priority. A few proposed reforms include improvements to existing ski terrain and facilities, new ski terrain, lifts, skier facilities and added recreational opportunities.

The Mountain

Northstar’s ski experience is nothing short of impressive, thanks in part to the resort having invested nearly 1 billion dollars into creating a premier snow sport experience.

Northstar has exactly 3,170 acres of skiable terrain that is a decent mix of beginner (13%), intermediate (60%) and advanced (27%) runs. For the most advanced skiers, their largest vertical drop of 2,280 feet cannot be overlooked. Couple this with their terrain parks, which include a 22-foot Superpipe designed by Olympian, Shaun White and you’ve got a mountain experience few can find elsewhere. The resort currently has 20 lifts and sees an average of 350 inches of snowfall a year. Not to worry if 350 inches doesn’t sound adequate because Northstar has the largest snowmaking system in the area, producing 50% of their coverage.

For those who are interested, Northstar offers a number of lessons – beginner, intermediate, expert and private. Beginner lessons focus to instruct skiers on how to glide across the snow in a controlled fashion, how to wedge stop, the mechanics of skiing and what the sport is all about. Their intermediate lessons take skiers out to the Blue runs and get them prepared to transition to the Black runs by improving their form and learning new techniques. Lastly, the expert runs help advanced skiers read and understand various terrain, which better prepares them for changing conditions and off-trail skiing.

With their luxury dining and shopping areas, long list of winter activities and their Mountain Master Plan, Northstar Ski Resort is a ski area that ranks highly amongst our list of top resorts. Don’t forget to have Ship Skis send your gear ahead of time when scheduling the perfect Northstar Ski Resort vacation. Visit www.ShipSkis.com to learn more about Ship Skis and to get a quote on shipping your equipment.

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Featured Resort: Alta

Alta Ski Area

The historic Alta Ski Area is a renowned ski resort nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, just outside Park City, Utah. Known for its long history in the skiing industry, Alta has been around for nearly eight decades, opening its very first chairlift in 1939.

A ski resort of the purest kind, Alta is one of only three resorts left in America that prohibit snowboarding on its slopes. But don’t let that intimidate you. Known widely as a family-oriented resort, about 65 percent of Alta’s 2,000 acres of terrain is dedicated to beginning and intermediate skiers. The resort is also highly affordable; adult day passes are $84; children’s passes are $45 and beginner passes are just $40. Couple these amazing prices with the inviting slopes and Alta makes for a great family getaway.

Over the years, the resort has received numerous accolades. Forbes Magazine named it the No. 3 ski resort in the entire country and PowderHounds gave it “Best Overall Terrain,” “Best Off-piste” and “Best Powder.”

Alta Trails and Runs

Alta Trails and Runs

With more than 116 runs, a bevy of blue, green and black runs, and four towering mountain peaks, Alta offers something for every type of skier. There’s even a 3-km groomed track that’s perfect for Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Alta also boasts one of the highest altitudes in the state, so heavy snowfall is not only common – it’s expected. The area gets around 500 inches every year, covering the area with an almost constant blanket of snow. Local terrain ranges from smooth and straight to winding, narrow and full of trees. If you go for the black and blue runs, you’re also in for visual treat. The views and surrounding scenery are breathtaking from atop Alta’s four peaks.

Novice skiers will enjoy and embrace a ample amount of green runs at the base of Devil’s Castle, while intermediate skiers can choose from nearly 30 runs across the property. Advanced skiers are invited to enjoy over 50 black runs that line the slopes of all four mountains – Point Supreme, Devil’s Castle, Sugarloaf Peak and Mount Baldy.

For the competitive bunch, Alta hosts recreational racing every Friday and Saturday at its Sunnyside Lift. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top skiers (not to mention major mountain bragging rights).

Should you find yourself getting tired of Alta’s numerous runs (that would take a while!), you can opt for the Alta Snowbird ticket. This steal of a deal gives you access to both Alta Ski Area and the nearby Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort as well. There, you can snowboard, snowmobile and even delve into night skiing. Summer offers up just as much fun with mountain biking, hiking, fishing and horseback tours.

Alta Amenities

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It’s not just the ample snowfall, varied terrain, and corduroy runs that make Alta a top-notch experience; it’s the resort’s amenities, too. Alta offers up a number of restaurants, retail shops, spas, and more to keep you and your family entertained and relaxed throughout your entire trip.

Alta even offers a full-service ski school, complete with adult, children’s, and even telemark ski lessons. Whether you want to brush up your skills, or you’re stepping on the slopes for the first time, Alta can help you refine and hone in so you can enjoy everything the mountain has to offer.

Head to Alta

If you’re looking for a ski-centric getaway at a fair price, Alta Ski Area is your answer. With varied terrain, constant snowfall and a purist’s approach to the sport, you won’t find a better locale than this.

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Featured Resort: Deer Valley

Deer Valley

Deer Valley Ski Resort, perched just outside beautiful Park City, Utah, is a ski resort in the purest sense. In fact, snowboarding is strictly prohibited on each of the mountains. Known for its upscale and elegant ambiance, Deer Valley offers nothing less than immaculate services for its guests. The resort staff pays amazing attention to detail that simply can’t be matched when compared to other Utah Ski Resorts.

The resort extends over six mountains – Bald Mountain, Bald Eagle Mountain, Little Baldy Peak, Lady Morgan, Flagstaff Mountain, and Empire Mountain – to offer up over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. In 2002, Deer Valley was home to several Winter Olympic events such as the alpine slalom, freestyle moguls and aerial ski events, however, in keeping with mountain traditions the events did not include snowboarding.

Deer Valley Amenities

Deer Valley

Some of the greatest snow in the world falls graciously upon Deer Valley, but just in case the mountain is fully prepared with snowmaking capabilities. Deer Valley has certainly earned its top notch reputation for having the finest fall-line groomers of any ski resort.

A well-planned lift infrastructure allows skiers quick and easy access to all of the runs and peaks at Deer Valley. More than 22 lifts and plenty of high-speed quad chairs allow the resort to shuttle skiers to and fro at a very efficient rate. By offering a limited amount of daily lift tickets and providing guests with the efficient lift system, Deer Valley has done an excellent job at minimizing lift lines and reducing overcrowding.

Deer Valley Terrain

Deer Valley - Terrain

The terrain at Deer Valley Ski Resort is suitable for skiers of all levels, but most of the runs are suited towards the intermediate skier. With blue runs such as Big and Little Stick on Bald Eagle Mt. and moderate double blue runs, a determined intermediate skier will quickly make progress towards the intimidating black diamond trails.

Empire Canyon is a specific family friendly ski area, where skiers of various skill levels can ski and play together. The designated slow zones bring relief to families with little ones getting who worry about the tykes getting caught in the path of other, faster skiers.

Expert and skilled skiers will want to seek out the most challenging runs on Bald Mountain off by way of the Mayflower Lift. Mogul enthusiasts will notice runs on some traditional groomed terrain, but for those looking to fly down steep, untouched powder, the north face of the mountain provides ample adrenaline boosting runs.

The Deer Valley Experience

Deer Valley - Ski

Although Deer Valley Ski Resort boasts an upscale and expensive cover, its pages offer a welcoming atmosphere which makes all guests feel at home. At their core, Deer Valley skiers are simply there to enjoy the mountain. While resort lodging consists of opulent 5-star hotels and luxurious condos, the overall culture of Deer Valley remains focused on skiing and skiing only.

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Featured Resort: Telluride

 

With more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, Telluride Ski Resort is one of the most highly regarded ski spots in the country. Situated in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, this massive resort boasts 127 total trails, numerous 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks, and dozens of skiing areas, including hike-to terrains, terrain parks and even Nordic skiing.

A true haven for adventurers, Telluride offers activities for just about every age group and skill level. Even visitors with no interest in skiing or snowboarding can appreciate this resort as they offer tons of summertime activities to ensure year-round enjoyment.

With beautiful scenery, amazing amenities, and non-stop fun, it’s no wonder Conde Nast named Telluride America’s Best Ski Resort in 2012, 2013 and 2014. SKI Magazine also donned Telluride the best resort in Colorado.

Hike-to Terrains

If you’re looking for a challenge, stop by one of Telluride’s many hike-to terrains. Take the 20-minute hike up Bald Mountain, and view the historic mining town of Alta just below the summit. With just a 15 to 30-minute hike up the mountain, you can ski the epic Gold Hill Chutes, or head to the Black Iron Bowl, where seven exciting chutes await your arrival.

For the truly advanced skiers and boarders, there’s Palmyra Peak, which boasts 2,000 feet of terrain on the north face of a 13,000-foot peak. The hike time for this one is more than an hour, but the view and the ski terrain are unparalleled and worth every grueling minute of the hike.

Terrain Parks

A number of terrain parks offer skiing and boarding options for beginners and seasoned experts. At Ute Park, you will find 25 beginner and 25 intermediate features, including a mini half-pipe, small jumps, and rails.

At Hoot Brown, you can enjoy either an intermediate or an advanced terrain park, with each offering a unique set of jumps, wall rides, rails, barrel rolls and more. Skiers and boarders not so comfortable with testing their park skills may consider taking some instructional classes at Telluride’s on-site ski and snowboarding school. They offer private lessons, children’s lessons, group lessons and more.

Nordic Skiing

Ifyou’re not a thrill-seeking skier, head to the top of Lift 10, and you’ll arrive at the TopAten Snowshoe and Nordic area, which features ten full kilometers of trails and terrain. You can snowshoe or ski Nordic-style while experiencing the amazing views of Palmyra Peak, the Prospect Bowl and other mountains in the area.

Winter Fun for the Whole Family

Though Telluride is certainly known for its stellar ski and snowboarding opportunities, the options for fun and excitement don’t stop there. Telluride offers a whole slew of activities that any visitor can enjoy, regardless of age or skill level or outdoor activity desires. Just head to the Adventure Center and try out any one of the numerous winter or summer activities Options include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, heli-skiing, snow biking, dog sledding, fat biking, cat skiing, or ice climbing. Telluride also offers activities for the kiddos, with options like sleigh rides, guided snowshoe tours, eco-exploration classes and even enrichment programs, like candle making or ice skating.

As your appetite grows from all the physical activity, think about scooting over to enjoy one of dozens of restaurants in the area, which offer everything from pizza and plain old American food to tapas and New Orleans-inspired fare. And if that wasn’t enough take a stroll over to the area’s spas, salons, boutiques and shops for some casual activities as well.
On the other side of the resort, you’ll find the Telluride Town Park Campground, the Telluride Golf Course, and Trout Lake, which offer fishing, hiking and more. So no matter what mood you’re in, there’s always something waiting for you at Telluride.

Summer Activities

In the summertime, the Telluride Activities Center ramps it up even more, offering ATV tours, a bungee trampoline, paddle boarding, paragliding and much more! Unlike most ski resorts, Telluride doesn’t shut down once the snow melts. In fact, it offers just as many summer activities.

The center doesn’t just cater to the adrenaline junkies, either. Leisure activities include photography, horseback riding and fly fishing. With so much to enjoy there is no wonder it ranks among the country’s top resorts for year-round enjoyment.

Visit Telluride

Next time you’re looking for a scenic, relaxing and downright fun family getaway, think Telluride. With hundreds of activities and award-winning slopes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a resort this enjoyable and appealing. The resort offers child-care on site, so if you’re looking to get in a day of fast-paced skiing or boarding without the kids, Telluride makes it easy.

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Featured Resort: Keystone

Keystone

Conveniently located in Summit County amongst some of the other Vail Resorts, Keystone is possibly the most underrated of these high-class resorts. Though mostly known for the family-friendly atmosphere, the terrain at Keystone also has a very appealing dark side that entices the more serious skiers and boarders. Playing host to the longest ski day in the entire state of Colorado gives Keystone and identity of its own.

 Keystone - Night Skiing

Night Skiing

Even after the sun sets over the scenic Rocky Mountains, Keystone leaves its the lights on for guests wanting to take advantage of most skiable trails after dark. Famous for their night skiing, enthusiasts can hit the slopes on any of Keystone’s 15 lighted trails long after the neighboring mountains call it a day. This includes Keystone’s 6 terrain parks and their half-pipe. Enjoy watching the sun disappear, then squeeze in a few more runs and enjoy the serenity of the snow covered range you simply cannot experience during the day.

Keystone Ski

Thousands of Acres of Terrain

Keystone has an abundance of intermediate and beginner terrain, however, the mountain boasts nearly 1,500 acres which classify as advanced terrain. Novice skiers dare not shy away from attempting to shred the mountain as Keystone has plenty of terrain for beginners, too. Visitors to the mountain who prefer not to test their gravitational limits will find plentiful smooth cruisers and steep groomers. Intermediates are incredibly well-served throughout the entire resort. Take a shot at the Schoolmarm trail which presents 3.5 miles of terrain that may result in some tears inside those goggles.

Beginners may not receive the warm and fuzzy feel of a bunny hill as there is comparatively less terrain devoted to their skill set. That being said, there is plenty of intermediate and well-groomed terrain to gain experience and become comfortable with what the mountain has to offer. With over 1,000 acres devoted to moderate runs, intermediate skiing is more than ample at Keystone.

It is rather ironic that Keystone features so many black diamond runs yet, is best known to be a family friendly mountain. All terrain on the beyond the summit of Dercum Mountain, considered to be advanced terrain. Technically, Keystone doesn’t boast any double black terrain, but expert riders will find plenty of challenges on The Outback Mountain, which features adrenaline pumping runs like the Wolverine and Timberwolf.

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A 51

Ranked as second best terrain park in the country, Keystone’s A 51 terrain park is comprised of several different areas that range depending on skill level. Beginners can start out by cruising down Easy Street which is perfect for those who have never encountered a box or rail before. Easy Street eases you into the feeling of your board or skis hitting something other than fresh powder.

There are three intermediate runs to choose from, the I-70, Park Lane, and The Alley. The runs subsequently increase in difficulty with the first jump on the I-70 being very similar to the last run on Easy Street. Once you have mastered the last jump and a few tricks, it’s time to move on to Park Lane where you can hit the quarter pipe and catch significant air time. The Alley is truly a jibber’s amusement park. There is an extraordinary amount of features to execute those tricks you’ve been working so hard to land perfectly.

Main Street, which is home to many pro-level skiers and snowboarders, features Keystone’s largest jump with three sets that are perfect for attempting your version of competition level tricks. With the chairlift audience observing in awe from the sidelines, Main Street certainly provides a professional level atmosphere that most competitors crave.

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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, or affectionately known as “the Beav”, is situated just 10 miles outside of the ever crowded Vail and only 100 miles west of Denver. If you’re looking for the luxury of a modern ski resort coupled with an intimate alpine village feel, then Beaver Creek is the place to visit on your next ski adventure.

Their motto, “Not Exactly Roughing It” certainly holds true as people tend to visit Beaver Creek more for the skiing and boarding experience, not for the scene or to be seen.

Beaver Creek is all about the little things. The slope-side valets will look after your gear and warm your boots for you while you peruse the shops and fine dining this quaint resort has to offer. The village also has a charming little ice skating rink, a must see performing arts center and some easygoing cantinas to enjoy a smooth cocktail. Thanks to some very well thought out escalators, going from the shops to the slopes is convenient and takes the hassle out of trudging around in your boots. Suddenly a day away from the slopes doesn’t sound so dreary.

The Creek

The Creek

Considered to be a rather modest sized resort, Beaver Creek has over 1,800 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of about 3,600 feet. Regardless of its extent, because of the 25 well-placed lifts which include 2 gondolas and 10 high speed quads, you can navigate most of the summits, long ridge lines, glades and steep groomers with ease and excitement.

With widespread groomed trails, Beaver Creek is an ideal spot for beginners, those with a little more skill, or for skiers and boarders simply looking to test their carving skills on the mogul runs. Grooming occurs all day every day, resulting in a corduroy countryside spanning 805 gorgeous acres.

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For The Thrill Seeker

Because of Beaver Creek’s upscale nature and complimentary cookies handed out every afternoon, it’s easy for the unfamiliar to assume that there are limited hardcore expert runs. However, this is certainly not the case. “The Beav” actually provides some of the most extensive steeps in all of Colorado.

The Stone Creek region of the mountain covers nearly 200 acres of extreme terrain and features plenty of cliff bands and chutes. Beaver Creek is also home to three terrain parks and a half pipe if you have the itch to catch some Rocky Mountain air.

Beaver Fever

Although Beaver Creek has over 300 days of bright blue skies, it also receives approximately 325 inches of fresh powder per season. Most of the slopes are situated on the “north face” which helps protect the snow from the sunshine. However, if you’re still anxious about the snow, don’t fret. Beaver Creek can make incredible amounts of artificial snow. Nearly 40%, or 700 acres, of the resort has snow-making abilities making the term “never summer” more realistic.

Beaver Creek

Not Just for the Extreme

Beaver Creek has a rare configuration, offering plenty of terrain for skiers and boarders of any skill level. Most of the beginner trails are located near the Arrow Bahn Lift, which is just a short voyage from the main mountain. Some of the trails located here weave in and out of the tree lines which gives the novice rider a taste of what may be to come.

For the kids that are too small to fully enjoy the mountain, Beaver Creek has many kid-friendly adventure zones located across the mountain. The little ones can cruise down runs with names like Wild West Trail or Tombstone Territory, which were designed to hold their interest and improve their skiing skills in preparation for when they can handle all the mountain has to offer.

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The Best Places to Ski in Montana

Best Places to Ski in Montana

Formerly known as the “Last Best Place to Ski”, Montana has successfully rebranded its image and is now beginning to give other ski resorts a run for their money. Montana is certainly not lacking even when compared to its rival competitors in Utah and Colorado. Picture yourself deep in the heart of the Rockies, acres of new runs with fresh powder, the most up to date ski lifts, and deluxe slope side resorts that even the rich and famous would drool over. Welcome to beautiful Montana, where you can enjoy all of these wonderful features without the hassle of time consuming lift lines or pretentious crowds.

While Montana does have a vast array of ski resorts to choose from, we’ve sorted through to pick out only the most sought after venues for your ski vacations. Yes, that was plural because we know once you see what Montana has to offer, you’ll want to go back for more.

Here is our list of the best places to ski in Montana.

Big Sky Resort

Reaching the summit of our list is Big Sky Resort with the most extensive and untapped skiing in the country. Take your pick from one of the 150 trails sprinkled across an astounding 5,750 acres. Although home to a natural half pipe and park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders, Big Sky offers ample trails for those less experienced riders who prefer not to test their gravitational limits. For exceptional views and some of the best skiing in the country, take a trip to Lone Peak’s summit that comes in at a breath taking 11,166 ft

Big Sky Resort Montana

Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Perched just above the small town of Lakeside and running alongside the west coast of Flathead Lake, lies this friendly mountain that’s perfect for a family ski getaway. Blacktail Mountain offers spectacular north-facing slopes covered in light dry snow that would make even a novice skier’s jaw drop. With an abundance of moderate slopes, Blacktail Mountain is home to the Snow Sports School which offers group, children, and adult lessons at unbeatable prices. You may even be able to take advantage of a Black Mountain tradition, “Fifth for Free”, which gives fifth graders with ample proof a free day pass.

Blacktail Mountain

Bridger Bowl Ski Area

For the thrill seeking skiers, Bridger Bowl offers an extreme, quality skiing experience at an affordable rate. Known for its abundant “cold smoke”, the powder at Bridger Bowl transforms a normal mountain slope into a winter wonderland. Plus, this gem delivers both a small town vibe as well as the big-mountain ski experience thanks to its full spectrum of Rocky Mountain terrain options. If waiting in line for a lift isn’t your thing, then we recommend sneaking away to Bridger Bowl during the week where crowds are almost nonexistent.

Maverick Mountain

Grab your board and get ready to hit the slopes of White Thunder at Maverick Mountain. This mom-and-pop ski mountain resort with welcoming terrain accommodates all types of skiers. From novices to experts, the carefree atmosphere can be sensed once you step foot on the grounds. Famous for their wide open runs and lack of crowded lifts, Maverick Mountain is the ideal destination for a quiet getaway filled with easy going skiing and unparalleled views. After a long day on the slopes let your body relax and recover by taking a dip into a hot, indoor, spring pool filled with pure mineral water.

Maverick Mountain

Discovery Ski Area

If you’re looking for big thrills in a charming ‘local hangout’, then Discovery is the destination for you. We’re certain it will remind you of what skiing in Montana is really about. The Limelight lift offers some of the steepest lift-served terrain for those wanting to carve up some serious powder. However, they haven’t left out the novice or intermediate skier, offering up plenty of tough but fair runs. Any skier can experience all that Discovery has to offer from its tree lined trails to its mogul runs and powder bowls, your first visit will most definitely not be your last.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Since 1947 Whitefish Mountain Resort has been one of America’s favorite winter destinations for fun times, good people, and great snow. Overlooking the historic railroad town of Whitefish, this exceptional skiing resort has recently been highly touted for all it has to offer. Discussed for its laid-back vibe, world-class skiing, and pleasant lack of lines, Whitefish is consistently ranked atop SKI Magazine ratings. A little known secret about Whitefish is their wildly fun nighttime skiing sessions. The sun goes down but the skiing presses on as the slopes are lit up from top to bottom and skiers enjoy an alternative and refreshing approach to hitting the slopes. Booking that return trip home just got a lot harder.

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Colorado’s Premier Mountain Hotel: Steamboat Grand

Steamboat Grand Summers

Tucked away at the base of one of the most picturesque mountains in Steamboat Springs, CO, lies Steamboat Grand, a premier destination for skiers of all different skill levels.

With over 300 luxury rooms, guests at Steamboat Grand enjoy views of either the gorgeous mountain vista or the beautiful Yampa Valley. In addition to breathtaking views, Steamboat Grand offers numerous activities for both the summer and winter seasons.

Steamboat Grand Winters

For skiers, Steamboat Grand has over 2,900 permitted acres of land and 165 named trails with the longest run coming in at over 3 miles. The trails are classified as 14% Beginner, 42% Intermediate and 44% Advanced. Plus, Steamboat Grand also offers complimentary slope-side ski and snowboard storage.

As far as the mountains are concerned, Steamboat Grand boasts a base elevation of 6,900 feet and a mid-mountain elevation of 9,080 feet. The vertical rise is 3,668 feet and the Summit & Mt. Werner elevation comes in at 10,568 feet.

If you decide to take a break from skiing, Steamboat Grand also offers numerous outdoor activities that are sure to please anyone who loves the great outdoors. Some of their most popular activities include photo excursions, fly fishing, hot air balloon tours, helicopter tours, sleigh-ride dinners, mountain tours and horseback riding. Steamboat Grand also has a poolside bistro next to their heated pool as well as a grand spa where you can relax with different types of massages, body treatments and facials aimed at providing the perfect post-ski remedy. Plus, Steamboat Grand only provides all-natural and paraben-free products in all of their spa treatments.

As a proud partner with Steamboat Grand, Ship Skis will ship your skis or snowboards from anywhere. Enjoy hassle-free traveling, with an on-time guarantee, and let Ship Skis send your skis to your next adventure at Steamboat Grand.

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