America, Europe, Skiing

The US, the Land of the Ski

You worried your Alpine holiday will turn to slush (we reckon the snow machines will save the day) then why not try the US, the Land of the Ski?

This time last year we were digging out our ski gear and readying ourselves for our Covid-delayed ski trip to Val D’Isere.

Eyes on the prize: Val D’Isere

So we have our fingers crossed for all those who want to get on the slopes around Europe this winter.

While knowing too from our tour of Soll in Austria how much work goes into legislating for a lack of snow with the major operations that are the snow-making projects.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow: Lake Tahoe

The best snow is, of course, that which falls from the skies and as we’ve been seeing over these weeks there is plenty of that.

The ski resorts around Lake Tahoe have brought another two feet of fresh powder.

Holidaymakers can get return flights from London to San Francisco from just £351 with Virgin Atlantic.

So why not kickstart 2023 with a magical getaway in the snow-capped mountains of Tahoe?

And here’s what lies in store

Heaven sent

Slip slidin’ away: At Heavenly Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort: In South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is increasing uphill capacity at its North Bowl lift by 40 per cent.

The Vail Resorts operated mountain will replace its three-person lift with a new high-speed, four-person chair.

The North Bowl upgrade will reduce rider time on the Boulder lift, along with an expected reduction in wait times at the Stagecoach and Olympic lifts, according to resort officials.

New Year Desolation

Live it up: At the Desolation Hotel

The Desolation Hotel: The latest addition to the destination, the sustainability-centric Desolation Hotel, will welcome its first guests on 30th July.

The name refers to the Desolation Wilderness to the east.

Maggie’s, the third-floor restaurant, is named for Maggie’s Peak, actually two peaks within the Desolation Wilderness.

The pool bar (located next to the saltwater pool and 14-person spa) is Velma’s, for a lake also within that wilderness area.

The all-new, 21-unit hotel stands on the site of the former Tahoe Villa and the few trees that were removed can be seen in the structural supports.

Ten of the units are three-story townhouses with a private garage, EV charging capabilities, washing machine and dryer, and Japanese-style soaking tub on the third-floor balcony.

All of which points to America for your winter sports break… after all, it is the Land of the Ski.


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