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5 North American Ski Highways and Byways For Epic Winter Road Trips

November 30th, 2010

Who says roadtrips are just for summer? Here, 5 ideas for trips through North America’s best ski highways, connecting resorts and grinning powder heads from coast to coast.

Via Chris Weiss on Matador Network:

For me, mountain picking is usually a 3-3-3 game: 3,000+ acres skiable terrain, 3,000ft vertical, 300+ inches snow/year, give or take.

Truly epic ski trips, on the other hand, I measure by a different count: number of resorts. No matter how close together two areas are, each has its own vibe, its own terrain, its own locals, its own stashes.

Here are some of the best thoroughfares on the continent that weave big mountains into big trips…

1. Wasatch Boulevard, Utah

Ski Areas: Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude

Cuttingbelow the 11,000ft peaks that look much larger up close than they do lining Salt Lake City’s skyline, Wasatch Boulevard is the ticket to the “Greatest Snow on Earth”…
 

2. I-70, Colorado

Ski Areas: Loveland, A-Basin, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, and more

This Interstate is not only the road to just about every one of Colorado’s 26 resorts — it’s the gateway to the Rockies in general, where the plains of the American Midwest finally give way to more dynamic topography. And when an Interstate climbs and drops through valleys and passes below 13 and 14,000ft mountains, it’s not the typical exhaust-huffing highway experience…
 

3. Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Ski Areas: Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Marmot Basin

More than a road to a resort parking lot, Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and the branchoff onto the Icefields Parkway (AB-93) is one of the most spectacular roads in the world, any time of year. National Geographic ranked the greater route one of its “Drives of a Lifetime”…

 

4. Route 100, Vermont

Ski Areas: Mt. Snow, Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush, Stowe, and nearly every other Vermont ski resort

This is one of the highways I grew up skiing. It cuts down the center of Vermont, roughly paralleling the Green Mountains to the west and passing by more than a dozen ski mountains on its way…

 

 5. Powder Highway, British Columbia

Ski Areas: Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberly, Panorama, Red Mountain, Revelstoke, and Whitewater, plus dozens of cat, heli, and touring operations

The most famous ski highway on the continent — the one named in honor of the sport — isn’t even a highway at all. It’s a whole network of them…

More info, including road-condition links, on Matador Network.

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