North Valley Magazine February/March 2019

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FRESH • TRAVEL In Park City, resorts like the Waldorf Astoria sparkle as bright as the snow. (Photo courtesy Waldorf Astoria Park City)

Over the Hill Snowy escapes with ski, snowboard adventures for all By Alison Bailin Batz


ow through April marks ski season in the United States. And while Arizona does boast some excellent mountains— especially Snowbowl in Flagstaff and Sunrise in Greer—just a short flight away are some of the world’s top ski mountains in Breckenridge, Park City and Vail.


Located about 90 minutes from Denver, Breckenridge is a small town with major bragging rights. It is known for promising over 100 winter activities for people of all ages. And, the tourism department is not just giving lip service. Once a small mining town—one inadvertently left off the U.S. map until the mid-1950s—Breckenridge sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains and averages 300 days of sunshine and 300 inches of snow yearly. Beyond even skiing and snowboarding, visitors can snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoe, tour the world’s highest distillery in Breckenridge Distillery, and ride horses in the snow. The region made global headlines in recent months with the debut of Gravity Haus Breckenridge. Replacing the former Village Hotel at the base of Breckenridge

Each snowy escape is suitable for all levels of ski or snowboarder, from novice to professional. (Photo courtesy Park City Mountain)

Ski Resort’s Peak Nine, the renovated and tech-forward ski-in/ski-out boutique property debuted December, with 60 distinctly curated rooms. Featuring a modern alpine design, accommodations include private queen and king suites and combination suites featuring bunks and private sleeping areas for families and

groups. Designed to activate like-minded outdoor enthusiasts year-round, Gravity Haus offers ongoing insider experiences ranging from outdoor excursions to social programming. On-site amenities include the Dryland Fitness and Sports Recovery Center; Backcountry Discovery Center; StarterHaus, a new coworking space by NORTHVALLEYMAGAZINE.COM FEBRUARY 2020 | MARCH 2020