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Four American Ski Towns to Master Like a Pro

The ski town of Taos, New Mexico
The ski town of Taos, New Mexico
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There was so much excitement around the inaugural Winter Olympic men’s freestyle skiing half pipe competition. David Wise flipped, spun and moved through the half pipe finishing with a gold medal around his neck. One has to wonder where he learned to master his first place winning moves.

Many skiing enthusiast and professionals like Wise spend their winters on some of America’s best ski mountains. They hit these popular destinations to master a new move, to challenge a new trail and to enjoy the unique offerings of the ski towns. For a head start to the 2018 Winter Olympics, pull out your skis and take on these famous ski areas.

Get trained by professional skiers during your winter getaway to the quaint ski town of Crested Butte, CO which sits under the shadow of Elk and Crested Butte Mountains. The variety of extreme skiing terrain in this former mining town has attracted big name skiing competitions (X Games being one of them). Just steps away from Crested Butte’s innovative boutiques and locally owned atmospheric eateries sits The Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast that offers discounted lift tickets to guests and other discounts for snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing and other adventurous winter activities.

Taos, NM offers a majestic experience like no other ski town. Its home to Taos Ski Valley, a budding skiers’ dream with short lift lines, 110 trails and one of the top-rated ski schools in the country. The Adobe and Stars Bed and Breakfast Inn is conveniently located between the historic Taos and the Taos Ski Valley. Designed for travelers who love 360 degree scenic mountain views and a southwestern atmosphere, this picturesque B&B is a great place to stay after a long day on the slopes.

From the porch of an 1893 Queen Ann Victorian home, known as the Catskill Lodge in Windham, NY, you can see the stunning views of the Northern Catskill Mountains. This terrain gained its notoriety by being the focal point for many literary works including Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow - along with being the backdrop of several paintings throughout history. What also makes this region popular are the Hunter and Windham Mountains that boast of night skiing opportunities for intermediate and expert level skiers.

Tackle the most challenging ski terrain on the East coast at two of the toughest ski mountain areas in the Mad River Valley. This region of Vermont offers activities and attractions year round, but is most known as a skier’s haven during the winter season. Nestled between the legendary ski mountains Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, is the secluded retreat of The Yellow Farmhouse Inn. Located in Waitsfield, VT – The Yellow Farmhouse provides easy access for a day of mastering the half-pipe like an Olympic champ at one of the nearby ski areas.

Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, but with the right mountain you will get a head start at becoming a pro.

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