Ski Resorts are your Gateways to Nature

By: L.A.Need

Ski resorts can be found in most of the fifty states and in British Columbia and Alberta Canada. The larger ski resorts that offer challenging on and off piste four season alpine sports are California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Vermont, New York, Connecticut. However small ski resorts and surroundings can offer the same products for outdoor enthusiasts with less crowds.

Backcountry and slope side opportunities are abundant since ski resorts are established on mountain ranges and often in high altitude. Winter opportunities such as slope side and off piste alpine skiing, snowboarding and off trail showshoeing and cross country skiing is abundant. For the other three seasons it's "choose your passion" whether it be mountaineering, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, trail running, backpacking, camping or just plain exploring. Whether in bounds or out of bounds is your comfort zone a vast multitude of outdoor opportunities await you in and around ski resorts.

Getting to nature and nearby ski resorts depends on your choice of outdoor enjoyment. If you would prefer to be playing on the slopes and they are not within reach then air travel and renting a car may be your choice of travel. However, if tent camping, or roughing it and being in the throes of nature sounds more appetizing with backpacking then a car with a rack may serve you best. And if you prefer more amenities so that you can spend more time in nature with the kids then consider renting a truck camper or pop up camper or full size recreational vehicle. Ski resorts are year round and are there for nature's enjoyment in the winter and for spring, summer and fall.

Using ski resorts as geographical landmarks can get you to nature in the warm months when the skiing is over. Getting to the alpine may take a little effort, but the connection with nature is worth it.

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