Make the most of a long haul business trip by taking advantage of these 3 renowned ski destinations:
Business trip: Vancouver
Ski resorts: From Vancouver you are a short distance from five seriously impressive ski resorts, some of which were 2012 Winter Olympic venues.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort – one of the major 2010 Winter Olympic venues, it’s about 2hrs north of Vancouver and really easy to get to for a couple of nights, or if you are tight for time, a day trip is manageable.
Cypress Mountain – another 2010 Winter Olympics venue and at only 30minutes from Vancouver, it’s really accessible. It offers 52 ski trails and has the highest vertical rise of all the North Shore Mountains.
Grouse Mountain – A smaller resort just 15minutes north of Vancouver which offers 26 ski runs and a range of other activities such as outdoor ice skating.
Mount Seymour – A similar size to Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour is 30minutes drive from Vancouver. It has 24 ski runs and is really family friendly, hosting Family First Night, a New Year’s event for all ages as well as tubing and tobogganing. A perfect option if you want to add a family holiday on to your trip.
Mount Washington – Well known for being the best resort on Vancouver Island, it is the second busiest resort in British Columbia with 60 trails. They also offer a Snowboard park for those who prefer snowboarding to skiing and cross-country skiing for those who want to try Nordic skiing.
Business trip: Tokyo
Ski resorts: From Tokyo you can take advantage of the quick and efficient public transport to get to at least 5 different resorts, all less than 3 hours away.
GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is located right near a shinkansen (bullet train) station, so it is a really convenient and can be reached in only 75 minutes. As you exit the train station, the ski resort will welcome you and you can change into your ski clothes and get on to the slopes straight away. There are 17 trails and it’s worth noting that it can get very busy so allow plenty of time to get down in the gondolas after you’ve finished skiing.
Fujimi Panorama Resort is located in Nagano and is known for its “heart shaped slope” which makes it perfect for a romantic weekend. In fact, it’s a local saying that if you go to Yatsugatake observation deck and then ski down the heart slope, you will live happily ever after.
Snow Town Yeti is the only place where you can ski with Mount Fuji in the background and with direct buses from Tokyo running from 18 different stations it is easily accessible, although the journey time is slightly longer at 2hrs 40minutes. It has artificial snow machines which allow it to be the earliest resort in Japan to open with skiing starting in October, rather than late November/December like most resorts.
A child-friendly option is Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area or “KaruSki. It’s just a one-hour bullet train ride away from Tokyo and offers free lift tickets for kids as well as other activities such as sledding and snow tubing. If you or one of your family prefer après-ski to skiing, they also run a sightseeing lift and night tours as well.
Our last recommendation is Norn Minakami Ski Resort which is accessible via the bullet train in 90 minutes from Tokyo. This resort offers extended hours skiing so whatever the time of day you arrive, you can get on the slopes. They have a range of different passes such as early morning, twilight pass and night pass. Their night skiing is highly recommended with the slopes open until 22:00 Sunday to Thursday and midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Be aware that the slopes are only suitable for intermediate level skiers and above.
Business Trip: New York
Ski resorts: With the state of New York being home to the most ski areas in the entire United States., you will have plenty to choose from if you have a business trip to New York.
Gore Mountain – New York states largest ski resort with 119 trails, including 108 alpine, 27 glades and 9 cross country. Located in North Creek, it boasts a vertical drop of 2,537 feet and over 446 accessible acres. Spanning four mountains including Gore, Bear Mountain, Burnt Ridge Mountain and Little Gore Mountain this resort is perfect if you like variety. The terrain is 10% beginner, 50% intermediate and 40% advanced so it accommodates all levels but is more suited to more experienced skiers. It’s 204 miles from New York City to Gore mountain and you there are plenty of train, road and flight options which take between 4hr 15min and 8hrs.
Whiteface Lake Placid – offers 87 trails and 53 acres of glades skiing but its big attraction is the additional winter activities on offer. These include snowshoeing, ice skating, luge rides, bobsledding and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum (it was home to the 1980 Winter Olympic games). It has the highest peak summit of all the ski resorts in the entire Eastern United States at 4,867 feet and is around 5 hours by car from New York City.
Windham Mountain – the closest of the ski resorts at just 150 miles north of New York City (around 2.5hours by car) has a big focus on being family-friendly and providing a great experience for all of the family, and all skiing abilities. The number of trails is significantly smaller than the other resorts (54 trails across 285 acres) which adds to the family-friendly feeling. It is also worth being aware that it is a great summer destination as well, offering activities such as mountain biking at the Windham Mountain Bike Park and golfing at the Windham Country Club.
Belleayre Mountain – is located in the Catskill Mountains and has the benefit of being only a few hours from New York City. Aimed at slightly more advanced skiers, this resort has over half it’s runs dedicated to those at an intermediate level. With 171 acres, a 7,000 foot-trail, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and a SkiWee carousel, there is a lot to do!