Blue skies and corn snow. The freeze-thaw action of March and April weather brings on the spring break trips to ski resorts. But is your spring ski trip getting a little stale? Might be time to look for a new place for the annual trip.
Here’s three places to consider for spring vacation with new adventures at each one.
Everett's 8,800 is the new restaurant at the top of Andesite Mountain.
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1. Big Sky Resort
Big Sky Resort’s new dining venue is no ski area burger joint. Sure, it’s mountaintop location serves skiers during the day. But at night, the perch at 8,800 feet on Andesite Mountain transforms into a sophisticated dining experience.
Everett’s 8,800 restaurant opened this winter in the log and stone building at the top of Ramcharger chairlift. By facing Lone Peak, it garners a view that surpasses any restaurant in the village area. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant serves a three-course upscale dinner that starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Scaloppini of Rabbit Loin salad follows with a choice of entrees that include bison ribeye, white sea bass or stuffed acorn squash. Artful gourmet deserts finish it off.
Ride the lift to dinner? Yes. Wear your ski clothes with spilled beer on them from the bar? No. But do don warm layers for the chairlift ride and event finale. This epicurean event matches an elegant setting with a high-end feast that ends with a sleigh ride back down the mountain at the end of the evening. Reservations can be made at Opentable.com.
Skiing out-of-bounds bowls at Lake Louise.
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2. Lake Louise
You’ve drooled over photos of skiing in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies. But it’s not the place to strike out on your own. Now, you can ski it under the eyes of an ACMG-certified guide.
Lake Louise Ski Resort and Yamnuska Mountain Adventures have combined efforts for a sidecountry adventure for skiers and split-boarders that pairs backcountry skiing outside the resort boundaries with lift access. The guided tours head into West Bowl, Speed Run area, Hidden Bowl, Redoubt Bowl, Purple Bowl, Wolverine Ridge and the Tylenols. But you don’t have exhaust yourself skinning thousands of feet up to reach them. You ride the lifts to the summit to access the bowls and then use skins to tour the area under the leadership of guides. Call Yamnuska Mountain Adventures at 866-678-4164 to reserve your slot.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in South Lake Tahoe in late January 2015.
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3. Heavenly, Kirkwood & Sierra-at-Tahoe
This winter, the South Lake Tahoe ski and party town garnered a new hotel and casino. A $60 million renovation overhauled the Horizon Casino Resort into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which opened on the tail end of January 2015. Everything got the upgrade: more than 500 rooms, a 25,000 square foot casino, five restaurants, bars, several live music venues and, of course, the signature Hard Rock store. In the courtyard, a 25-foot-high sculpted metal guitar that weighs 2,150 pounds sets the stage for the collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in the hotel.
For skiing or snowboarding by day, you get a triple choice with the Heavenly gondola about a half-mile away, Sierra-at-Tahoe just a 40-minute drive and Kirkwood within an hour. Or try out all three. Ski all day and party like a rock star all night. You may need a vacation to recover when you return home. Make reservations by calling 844-588-ROCK.
Heavenly Mountain Resort overlooks Lake Tahoe.
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