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December 21, 2018

Our Annual Ski Guide 2019

Now that ski season is upon us once again, we've updated our annual guide to North America’s most luxurious skiing and snowboarding destinations. From the steepest and deepest powder, to the most delectable après ski experiences, Excursionist can seamlessly deliver your clients the perfect ski vacation. Click on a destination to learn more about our offerings, or email us at incoming@excursionist.com to get a personalized proposal. 

Destinations

Aspen, Colorado

  • What’s Special: Known for its luxurious upscale dining, drinking and shopping options, Aspen lays claim to four distinct skiing areas that are suited to skiers of all types and abilities.
  • Getting There: 4-hour drive from Denver International Airport; or a 2-hour drive from Grand Junction Regional Airport.
  • Where to stay: The Little Nell or The St. Regis Aspen

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Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta

  • What’s Special: Ski at three of Canada’s finest resorts, stay in exquisite chateaus and explore the winter wonderland that is the Canadian Rockies by snowshoe, horse-drawn carriage, helicopter or snowcat in Banff National Park.
  • Getting There: 1.5-hour drive from Calgary International Airport.
  • Where to stay: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Emerald Lake Lodge

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Deer Valley/Park City, Utah

  • What’s Special: From its exclusive, deliberately-limited lift ticket sales to its immaculate, “corduroy” groomed slopes and unrivaled spa offerings, Deer Valley encapsulates the cutting edge of ultra-luxurious skiing.
  • Getting There: 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport.
  • Where to stay: Montage Deer Valley

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

  • What’s Special: Jackson Hole's proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks makes for breathtaking winter wildlife-viewing adventures by snowmobile, dogsled or snowshoe, in addition to world-class ski offerings.
  • Getting There: 30-minute drive from Jackson Hole Airport, offering flights to and from NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas.
  • Where to stay: Amangani, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, or Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa

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Lake Tahoe, California

  • What’s Special: Beyond the magnificent beauty of the lake in the wintertime, Lake Tahoe promises diverse challenging ski terrain, world-class shopping and dining, and exhilarating backcountry snowmobile adventures.
  • Getting There: 45-minute drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, or a 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco International Airport.
  • Where to stay: The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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Lake Placid, New York

  • What’s Special: Head to the heart of the Adirondacks to ski down the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, stay in a historic, lakefront lodge and take advantage of Lake Placid's Olympic-grade winter sport facilities.
  • Getting There: 2-hour drive from Montréal or Burlington, Vermont; 4.5-hour drive from New York City; or a 30-minute drive from Adirondack Regional Airport, offering daily flights to and from Boston Logan International Airport.
  • Where to stay: Lake Placid Lodge

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Mont Tremblant, Québec

  • What’s Special: A slice of the alps with a Québécois twist, Mont Tremblant offers east-coast skiing at its finest. Plus, its northern latitude means a much longer ski season than its American counterparts.
  • Getting There: 1.5-hour drive from Montréal; or a 2.5-hour drive from Ottawa International Airport.
  • Where to stay: The Hotel Quintessence

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Mount Alyeska, Alaska

  • What’s Special: Home to North America’s longest double black diamond ski slope, Mount Alyeska is less than five miles from the sea, and offers plentiful opportunities for wildlife flight-seeing and back-country heli-skiing.
  • Getting There: Less than 1-hour drive from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
  • Where to stay:The Hotel Alyeska

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Stowe Mountain, Vermont

  • What’s Special: Exuding classic New England Charm, Stowe Mountain’s plentiful snowfall, 116 diverse runs, and breathtaking environs have cemented its reputation as the ski capital of the Northeast.
  • Getting There: 1-hour drive from Burlington International Airport; 4-hour drive from Boston Logan International Airport; or a 3-hour drive from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
  • Where to stay: Stowe Mountain Lodge

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Telluride, Colorado

  • What’s Special: Telluride boasts steep shoots and cliffs that are great for advanced skiers, and a bustling, pedestrian-friendly town with incredible views and a cultured, yet unpretentious European feel.
  • Getting There: 1.5-hour drive from Montrose Regional Airport, which offers flights to and from NYC, LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Denver; or stop over in Denver to catch a seasonal connecting flight to Telluride Airport, located just outside of town.
  • Where to stay: Dunton Town House

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Vail, Colorado

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Woodstock, Vermont

  • What’s Special: Adjacent to the famed, historic Suicide Six Ski Resort, Woodstock is a precious New England village that offers some of the most thrilling runs in the Northeast.
  • Getting There: 1.5-hour drive from Burlington International Airport, 2-hour drive from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, or a 3.5-hour drive from Boston Logan International Airport.
  • Where to stay: The Woodstock Inn

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Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia

  • What’s Special: North America’s largest ski resort by area, Whistler’s location in a low-elevation rainforest make it great for guests who may have issues with altitude. Off the slopes, visit its unique, kaleidoscopic ice caves by helicopter for an unforgettable experience.
  • Getting There: 2-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport.
  • Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

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