The perfect different ski and snowboard experiences for COVID
The winter of COVID-19 is coming. And while skiing and snowboarding are sure to look a little different this season, a little creativity this year might actually be the best there has ever been. Or at least the most unique. Live a new experience apart from the crowds at the resort. One way to look at the opportunities ahead is to narrow down your options in three ways.
# 1: go big. Benefit from the uncertainty and the cancellations, inject some money and go on a unique heliski excursion. These trips aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for. They are among the most exclusive, remote, and luxurious helicopter and cat ski experiences in North America.
# 2: go deep. Get away from the lift lines and earn your moves. Hire a guide to show you the goods and take you safely into the hinterland. If you are camping in mountain yurts, secluded huts, or snow caves in winter, these are the outfitters that can maximize access to open terrain and minimize risk, so all you have to do is show yourself fit and ready to work for those untracked lines.
# 3: go home. Get back to your roots and get back to the little ski resorts where so many of us learned to ski and fell in love with sliding in the snow. If you’ve never heard of any of these places, then this is a better reason to visit them for the first time and give them a helping hand this troubled winter. They need visitors now more than ever – and offer a far more relaxed, family-friendly and affordable skiing experience.
Heli-ski by boat in Southeast Alaska with SEABA
Aboard the 124-foot M / V Zenith, which is retrofitted with a private helicopter on deck, you and seven of your friends can explore the remote fjords of southeast Alaska, where every run is a first descent. (seaba-heli.com) Prices start at $ 112,750 / week for up to eight guests
Book the entire lodge in the Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience
Just you and your friends staying at a luxury lodge at the base of the Ruby Mountains outside of Elko, NV. With 200,000 acres of untracked powder and a private helicopter at your disposal. (helicopterskiing.com) The full lodge buyout costs $ 75,000 / three days and up to 16 guests. Custom packages are also available.
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With eleven experiences, go cat skiing in Crested Butte
Stay at the elegant Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte and enjoy the unmatched personal service from Eleven Experience and the light, dry Colorado powder your legs can handle. (lifteexperience.com) Full Lodge buyout includes cat skiing and all other activities $ 17,900 / night; $ 125,300 / week
Ski Alaskan Dream Lines with Chugach Powder Guides
Located less than an hour from Anchorage Airport, CPG has relied skiers and snowboarders on Alaska’s dream lines for decades. Book CPG’s private heli package to ensure you and your crew get the most of it. (chugachpowderguides.com) Private Heli $ 10,000- $ 14,000 / day
To let Sun Valley guides Show what the iconic Sawtooth, Smokey, and Pioneer mountain ranges around historic Sun Valley, ID are all about. Explore and ride the incredible variety of world-class terrain while staying deep in the wild in comfortable and cozy yurts in the backcountry with amenities like wood-fired hot tubs and saunas. (svguides.com) $ 540 / day
If you are looking for technical terrain for climbing and skiing, you have come to the right place Exum guides based in Jackson, WY. From skiing the Grand Teton to finding goods related to the Teton Pass, Exum has it all for you. (exumguides.com) $ 425 / day
The Eastern Sierra should be on every backcountry skier’s bucket list. There is no better way to explore the highlands than with one of the experts at Sierra Mountain Guides, based in Bishop, CA near Mammoth Lakes. (sierramtnguides.com) $ 500 / day
It’s no secret that Colorado has some of the best ski tours in the world, as well Paragon guides will make sure it lives up to the hype. For nearly 40 years, they have led multi-day cabin tours in upstate Colorado. (paragonguides.com) Three-day cabin tours cost approximately $ 1200 per person with a group of 3 or more people.
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There are also some new technologies that can be used to find and hire local guides around the world. The app-based service 57 hours does just that and connects you with local guides and outfitters with just a few thumb movements and taps.
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If you’re in the Northeast, be sure to ride the legendary Vermont’s single chair Mad River Glen and “ski when you can.” Locals rave about the twilight while skiing North Creek ski bowl in the Adirondacks as well as in the nearby community Big Tupper ski area is always worth a visit with over 1,000 vertical feet and $ 25 lift tickets. Mount Abram in Maine combines surprisingly good skiing with a classic relaxed atmosphere and in New Hampshire Whaleback Mountain, Children under 5 travel for free.
The Midwest is all about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where ski resorts like Great Powderhorn Mountain and Black jack Hold onto the western part of the peninsula and take advantage of the lake effect by throwing an average of 200 inches of snow on it each season. The bizarre and unforgettable on the east side of the peninsula Mountain Bohemia keeps its promise of extreme skiing in the UP.
Hard to beat in Colorado Wolf Creek for uncrowded slopes and incredibly light snow. Nevada has the wonderful blue collar Elko Snobowlwhere the tow is free. Montana has Lost trackwhere you and your friends can rent the entire mountain for a day. Wyoming can claim the delight of the restrained powder dog, Grand Targheethan his own. Idaho will surprise skiers with under-the-radar ski resorts such as Soldiers Mountainwhich offers the cheapest cat skiing in the west, night skiing in the community Rotarun, and do not forget Pomerellegetting a sneaky amount of powder days in the middle of nowhere on the Snake River Plain in southern Idaho.
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