The United States of America has a skiing tradition that stretches back to the early part of the last century. The country has a number of mountain ranges that host dedicated ski resorts, from East Coast to West. Cost and travel times mean most UK schools visit ski resorts in Eastern states such as Vermont, Maine and New England.
The best bits about taking a school group on a skiing trip to the USA are the lack of crowds and queues for lifts, wider slopes especially for beginners, more reliable snow around Easter, plus great accommodation.
One thing to watch out for if you are used to European skiing is the grading system of ski runs. In North America, green circles indicate ideal beginner territory, while blue squares denote place of interest for intermediate level skiers. Black diamond runs are for the experts, with double diamond pointing to the kind of slopes you are more likely to see at world cup downhill events!
Skiing is a very inclusive sport in America and beginners are well catered for at all the resorts we feature here. Nursery areas are designed for teaching students who have not been on skis before, and they are generally pancake flat. Once they have learned to balance and want to start playing with gravity, beginner friendly drag lines and magic carpets will take your group up the bunny slopes which are very gentle indeed. A few goes here and they will be keen to get started on the green runs.
While the pistes aren't as huge or as numerous in America as they are in the European Alps, there is more than enough skiing to be had on a week's school ski trip. Where America really shines is the atmosphere and welcome you will receive - the food, accommodation and apres ski are always as memorable as the snow!
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The family friendly resort of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, USA, is a great place for your school students to learn the fundamentals of skiing.
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Sunday River is one of our favourite American ski resorts for ski trips to the USA, with ski options for school groups that would rival many European resorts.
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Sugarloaf has long been one of the go to ski resorts within the USA. For your ski school trip it offers a wide range of accommodation, and apres ski activities.
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Stowe, Vermont, is a large modern ski resort with efficient lifts and plenty of acres of ski fields for your school group to explore on their USA ski holiday.
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Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Waterville Valley is an outstanding ski resort with 220 acres of skiable terrain and great snow conditions.
Attitash resort covers two peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and offers superb skiing for school groups - by Feb half term, snow is plentiful.