Melanie Danko | Jul 28, 2020
Dreaming of a snowy holiday season? Ever consider running off to a ski town all year?
There are places all over the country and the world that celebrate winter either all year round or maximize their long winter seasons with extreme winter sports and embrace the snow in a totally unique way. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to spend some of my formative years living in northern New England states such as New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
When my family moved up to the northeast kingdom, it was a huge lifestyle change. I had never been exposed to skiing or ski culture, and at age 11 it was pretty imperative that I pick up the sport that dictated everyone's weekends and evenings all winter-round in New England. I wasn't very good to begin with but after a lot of practice (and attending schools which released early during the week for skiing!) and lessons, I was able to keep up with my peers. I grew to love skiing, and it's become a part of my life. All over the world, there are skiers who share my passion for this fun sport.
Whether you're sold on skiing or not, here are a few interesting facts about ski season all over the world.
There are over 5,000 ski resorts worldwide, and 80 countries offer some form of ski area. For several years, skier visits around the world have been estimated at around 400 million. Of all the countries globally, Austria, Norway and Switzerland have the highest participation levels in skiing, with at least 25% of their populations skiing.
Out of the 50 United States, 40 of them have ski resorts. And yes, there is a rivalry between east coast skiing and west coast skiing. Ask any east coaster, and they'll tell you that they can face any mountain after braving the icy conditions and hard packed trails in lower altitude conditions. Skiing options stretch as far south as North Carolina and Tennessee, but typically you won't find much snow on the slopes there. Also, you can find resorts in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Bar none, the best East Coast skiing is in the New England area, particularly in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. I may be a bit biased, but even if you don't feel like hitting the slopes, visiting the picturesque ski-towns in Northern New England just for the lodges is a must. There's nothing quite like a New England holiday season.
Venturing out west? West coasters will tell you that they face bigger mountains, steeper trails and tons of fresh powder in higher altitude conditions. Not to mention, the weather is a bit warmer than the conditions you'll find out east and you'll be
able to experience fresh snow (not the fake stuff!).
No matter which way your skis are waxed, you're guaranteed to have fun on any slopes.
Melanie Danko is a former Seven Corners team member. She is curious about exploring the world and has a passion for writing and hearing other peoples’ stories. In her free time, you can find her spending time with friends and family (including her mutt, Drake.. yes, named after the singer)