Top 5 Ski Destinations in the West to Take Your Bus
Winter is here, and that means ski season is in full swing. It’s time to load up the bus and hit the road with family and friends. But where should you go on your next ski vacation? We’ve compiled a list of some of the favorite, family-friendly ski resorts from which to choose.
Beaver Creek (Colorado)
You may have a mental picture of red carpet-level service, high class hotels, and ritzy restaurants that require reservations. However, Beaver Creek is surprisingly un-pretentious. There is a thriving local arts scene, and if you’re in the mood for a live performance, Vilar Performing Arts Center is the place to go. This resort is not just for adults; they also host tons of family-friendly events, like their annual WinterFest. Did you know Beaver Creek loves teens, too? It’s true; their ski school is perfect for kids just learning to ski (fun perks include a mini-gondola and tubing hill); they even serve hot chocolate chip cookies every day at 3:00. It doesn’t get much more kid friendly than that.
Deer Valley (Utah)
There’s plenty to do to keep the family busy for at least a week here, and Park City Mountain Resort is just down the road if you need a change of scenery. The ski school at Deer Valley is first class; you and your family may never want to leave! The village at the base of Deer Valley has unique and beautiful shops and lodging choices, and nearby Park City has lots of activities geared toward families like dog sledding and snowmobiling if your group wants to take part in some non-skiing activities.
Big Sky (Montana)
Located in the Madison River Range of the Rocky Mountains, your family will enjoy this beautiful setting in a place known for offering plenty of breathing room and down to earth, authentic Montana hospitality. Their mountain sports school offers instruction geared toward individual skill levels. Day trips to Yellowstone National Park are available if your group wants to take a day to see the local sights. There is a daily Kids Club from 4pm-6pm for the youngsters to enjoy, while mom and dad can enjoy some down time of their own. Cozy condos offer the perfect setting when it’s time to get together for some family time.
California is not just for beach goers! There are some fabulous mountains offering great skiing opportunities, and Heavenly is one of the most beautiful ski resorts around. Think the kids might be too young? This resort offers childcare for kids as young as six weeks old! Now what’s your excuse? Heavenly is great for intermediate level skiers, with 29 lifts, many of which are high speed. You might not ever have to ski the same trail twice. The ski and ride school offers group and private lessons for every ability, along with some special programs. Two tubing hills offer on-slope fun for those who need a break from wearing skis.
Perched above the oldest historic district in Colorado, this ski town is one of the best in the state with a low key, laid-back vibe. Although the busy night life makes it very popular with the younger crowd, there are plenty of activities for the little ones, too. Dating back to the mid-1800s, the unique historic character of “Breck,” as it’s called by locals, is undeniable. Fun restaurants, sleigh rides, ice skating, and even gold mine tours are available for family fun.
If you are in the market for a new addition to your fleet, or just looking for the perfect bus to get you and your crew to all these great ski vacation resorts, call Davey Coach today and let us help you find the right size and type of bus for your organization. (800) 873-1856.