Only 20 miles from Mt. Bachelor, Sunriver Resort is a year-round recreation Mecca. There are three championship golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding, 32 miles of bike paths, an observatory, and a private marina on the Deschutes River for canoeing and kayaking. Sunriver Resorts is 15 miles south of Bend and three and a half hours southwest of Portland. Condé Nast Traveler ranked it in the Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America. Visitors can also use a swimming pool, health spa, kitchenette, free parking, bar, and business center.
Ten years ago, if you'd have told us there would one day be skiing in the desert, we would've told you to lay off the après. Of course, today you can ski -- albeit indoors -- at a year-round snow dome in Dubai.
SKI Magazine loves its little home hill of Eldora Mountain Resort outside Boulder, Colo. Everybody should have a home hill: big enough to get in some steep thrills, small enough so the kids won't ever get lost, with a cafeteria that's more high school than high style, but whose chili is second to none.
Personally, we've never been to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. We've been to Robert Redford's Sundance Resort and bombed some runs in a manner worthy of a ski film and eaten some of the finest food in ski country at the Tree Room. But the film festival? Nope. We always thought the on-slope crush of stargazers would be too much for us.
How does your favorite ski resort cut its trails? Does it "clear" them, or does it "grade" them? The answer could mean a better environmental report card—or a worse one. A recent study by two researchers out of the University of California–Davis found that grading was much worse for sub-alpine ecosystem health—that is, how the hillside does in terms of erosion control, water retention, soil chemistry and plant diversity.