Ski Vacations

U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Nick Goepper's Lawrenceburg, Indiana

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 12th 2014 09:00 PM
Olympian slopestyle skier Nick Goepper at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Perfect North SlopesNick Goepper at Indiana's Perfect North Slopes, the "mountain" where he learned his trade.
Olympian: Nick Goepper
Event: Slopestyle
Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Population: 5,042

The gold medal favorite in slopestyle, a new freestyle skiing discipline making its Winter Games debut in Sochi, hails from the Hidden Valley area of Lawrenceburg, a city on the Ohio River in Southeast Indiana nicknamed "Whisky City" after a Seagram's Distillery in town.
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Everything You Need to Pack for a Ski Vacation (Plus $400 Gloves)

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 6th 2013 03:00 PM
A man loading skis on top of a car.
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Before you travel to the mountains this winter, think seriously about what to pack. Don't discard the flip-flops because it's cold: What else are you going to wear to the ski-lodge hot tub, loafers? The following is a list of the essentials you'll need for a fun, safe ski vacation.
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16 Easy Ski Vacation Ideas from U.S. Cities

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 05:00 PM
family ski Loveland resort Colorado
Dustin Schaefer
If you don't have the time or money for a big ski vacation this winter you can still hit the slopes. Many great ski resorts are an easy drive away from major cities. We've rounded up the best resorts for a day-ski trip or a weekend escape from eight cities around the country. Most of them Gear up, hit the road and enjoy a snow adventure.
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Best Ski Vacations From San Francisco

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy of Squaw Valley
Only 3 hours from mountainous Lake Tahoe -- in a state that really, really likes to drive -- San Franciscans grow up making "burrito runs": grabbing a breakfast burrito at one's favorite Mexican joint, filling up an SUV with pals and the nation's priciest gas, bolting to California ski resorts, shredding all day and driving home. Some NorCal hills slide right down into Lake Tahoe itself; others arrive at wonderfully empty spaces we thought no longer existed in the Golden State.
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Best Ski Vacations from New York

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Whiteface Mountain
Courtesy of ORDA
On the whole, New Yorkers are surprisingly good skiers. And not just because, as the networks always show during the city's blizzards, people cross-country ski in Central Park. Remember that New York is also the global capital of high finance, whose practitioners have long embraced skiing, perhaps the most upper-crust sport not played at a country club. As long as Goldman Sachs perseveres, so will Aspen, Deer Valley and St. Moritz. And so will the small hills in the Catskill Mountains and the larger ones in New York's Adirondacks.
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Best Ski Vacations from Denver

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Crested Butte Ski
Courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Winter sports culture would be even more world-renowned in the Mile High City had Denver actually hosted the 1976 Winter Olympics it was awarded. But Colorado voters opted to back out of financing the games with public funds, apparently wanting to keep various Rocky Mountain Highs to themselves. Today, Colorado enjoys far more skier visits than any other state. Colorado is literally the highest state, with a greater average elevation than any other chunk of man-made boundary in the United States. Olympics or no, things have worked out just fine for sliders of the Centennial State.
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Best Ski Vacations From Los Angeles

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy of Mountain High
As any close viewer of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade has noticed, Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains are often snowcapped -- even if preceded on the horizon by Pasadena's palm trees. Los Angeles certainly hosts more dedicated skiers and snowboarders than any other megalopolis of its latitude. SoCal sliders hit the San Gabriels or San Bernadino Mountains when pressed for time and roadtrip to the Sierras whenever possible.
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Best Ski Vacations From Washington, D.C.

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Philip Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain
Though the "Beltway" sounds somewhat like a chairlift, D.C. residents actually have to work to get their turns. Fortunately, the Appalachians aren't too far away from the swamplands and estuaries that characterize our nation's capital. Indeed, just past Virginia is something called the Mountaineer State: West Virginia. Once they attach skis or a snowboard to their feet, Beltway types can aspire to shred like famous predecessors Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle and Richard Holbrooke.
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Best Ski Vacations From Boston

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Sugarbush Vermont skier
Courtesy of Sugarbush
New England's Appalachians host many of America's original ski areas, and as the unquestioned capital of New England, Boston has always claimed a thriving ski culture. Day-trippers, weekend warriors and second-home owners clear out of Boston every weekend and many weekdays as well. The only question is whether they head to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont's Green Mountains or the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.
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Best Ski Vacations From Chicago

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Wilmot Mountain night ski
Courtesy of Wilmot Mountain
This burg, where the prairie meets the Great Lakes, could scarcely be flatter. Nonetheless, Chicago isn't too shabby a place to be a skier or snowboarder. O'Hare has flights to all the major ski resorts out West, and there are many chairlifts in Chicago's vacation paradise: Wisconsin. Glaciers carved some fairly nice ski mountains on the other side of the lake, too, in Michigan.
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