Another winter season is nearly upon us, which means ski resorts across North America will soon be flooded with eager and heavily garbed skiers and snowboarders ready to carve a path down their favorite mountains.
One of those eager participants will be William S. White Winnetka, an avid outdoor enthusiast and skier. A finance and real estate investor, William S. White co-founded the Montessori Academy of Chicago, which emphasizes an acclaimed teaching style that seeks to embrace several key human tendencies like activity, exploration, and manipulation of the environment, all of which could likewise be applied to skiing and snowboarding.
The following are a few of the top skiing and snowboarding locations in North America, several of which have been traversed by William S. White Winnetka, who shares his thoughts on some of his favorites.
This aptly named location in Utah, Powder Mountain, is blessed with over 500 inches of snowfall annually and boasts nearly 8,500 acres of skiable terrain, the most in the United States. Thanks to a reasonable limit of 1,500 placed on day tickets, the resort is praised for its lack of waiting lines and vast, open terrain that includes 167 ski trails.
Telluride Ski Resort
Thanks to its elevated altitude, Telluride Ski Resort is nestled in the San Juan mountains and features one of the longest seasons in the region. Lifts carry passengers as high as 12,500 feet, while expert skiers can trek another 600 feet higher to reach pristine, challenging runs. Despite its reputation and National Historic Landmark designation, William S. White Winnetka says that Telluride is blissfully quiet throughout much of the season, with nearby Aspen getting the lion’s share of distant travelers.
Canada’s lone entrant on this list is one of the most renowned ski resorts in the world after playing host to many events during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Whistler has one of the longest vertical drops in North America at over 5,000 feet and contains more than 200 trails. Whistler is also a paradise for winter and outdoors enthusiasts in general, with mountain climbing, bobsledding, dog sledding, zip lining, ice cave treks, and outdoor spas being among the many local attractions.
Jackson Hole’s remote location and fierce reputation leave its slopes relatively uncrowded for such a world-class ski resort. 11 lifts serve 80 different trails which combine to offer 2,500 acres of inbounds terrain. The region gets plenty of snowfall annually, averaging about 450 inches. William S. White loves the area’s steep, fast trails, which feature 4,139 feet of vertical drop. While that gained Jackson Hole a reputation as being for experts only, major changes have been made to the area in recent years that have made it a little more beginner friendly.
Aspen is becoming as well-known for being a luxury and celebrity vacation spot as it is for its skiing and snowboarding, but that shouldn’t confuse anyone about just how good those skiing and snowboarding opportunities are says William S. White Winnetka. Aspen houses four different ski areas that total 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, in addition to numerous world-class resorts, several of which boast ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Each of Aspen’s resorts use the same lift ticket, so riders are permitted to check out any and all of them with the same pass.
As an experienced skier, William S. White encourages outdoor enthusiasts to hit the slopes at any of the above locations, as they are guaranteed to have a fantastic time.