Many people focus on skiing or snowboarding when visiting ski resorts. However, the surrounding mountain towns are full of eclectic and exciting local businesses and history. Whether they are playgrounds for celebrities or serve as a training ground for Olympians, here are the oldest ski resorts in the United States that are still in operation.
Howelsen Hill is the oldest ski area in all of Colorado. It’s widely known for its nearby Nordic tracks, and ski jumping arena. More winter Olympians train here than any other town in the United States. Howelsen Hill was founded in 1914 with Steamboat Resort close by.
Granlibakken Tahoe is currently located on the grounds of the Granlibakken conference center and lodge. Originally called Olympic Hill, this resort was built around the idea of great food, friends, and the connection with adventure. Granlikbakken Tahoe does an excellent job at helping you disconnect from distractions.
Founded in 1927, Mount Hood is a small area that is ideal for beginners. It is the second most climbed mountain in the world and an active volcano. It’s home to the only year-round ski resort in North America. Surrounding Mount Hood are acres of orchards, farms, wildflower, and lavender. It’s a short walk from the Solera Brewery and Apple Valley BBQ, with accommodations at the Old Parkdale Inn.
Established in 1763 during the great depression, Stowe is the oldest ski town in America and first official ski patrol. They hold several events including A Traditional Christmas In Stowe. It is a life-affirming place that will deepen your connection with nature, family, adventure, history, and freedom.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows hosted the Olympics in 1960 and is internationally renowned. USA Today voted them the ‘Best Ski Resort’ for three years in a row. There are over 6,000 acres across two mountains available to beginners and expert skiers. Lodging is located at The Village at Squaw Valley which holds year-round events and has over 50 boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
This ski resort was once a hangout for celebrities including Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, and the Kennedy’s. Ernest Hemingway wrote his masterpiece ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ while staying at the Sun Valley Lodge. In 1936, single seat chairlifts were installed at Proctor Mountain and Dollar Mountain.
This winter season, take the opportunity to visit on of these ski resorts!