Welcome to The Travel Joint Ski Guide 2015 – 2016. Each year we put together our guide for skiing and snowboarding in the cannabis friendly states and this year we are happy to be adding Oregon and Nevada to the list! Although Nevada is not recreational yet, their medical cannabis program allows card holders from all states to purchase, so make sure to bring your mmj card with you!
DIAMOND PEAK Diamond Peak has a vertical drop of 1,840 feet with a high base and summit elevation that captures plenty of snow. It is located at Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Diamond Peak has an average annual snowfall of around 325 inches and just about 655 acres of skiable terrain. You will find 30 trails, plus open bowls, and tree skiing areas.
OPEN / 12/03/15 CLOSE / 04/10/16
RUNS / 31 SNOWFALL AVERAGE / 300″
LIFT TICKETS / $22 – $64
LAS VEGAS SKI AND SNOWBOARD Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort offers skiers and riders an excellent mountain experience just 50 miles from the Strip. Many have found it fun to ski and ride during the day and return to the glitz and glamour for night life. The Resort averages over 300 days of sunshine and 240 inches of annual snowfall. The resort offers 195 acres of lift served terrain as well as 250 acres of hike-to terrain. “The Strip” Terrain Park also offers a variety of features including table-top jumps and assorted rails. Guest can also visit the Big Horn Grill or Bristlecone Bar for dining and beverage options.
OPEN / 11/27/15 CLOSE 03/29/16
RUNS / 30 SNOWFALL AVERAGE / 120″
LIFT TICKETS / $30 – $60
WINTER PARK RESORT Winter Park Resort is a Colorado favorite located about 67 miles northwest of Denver. Originally built by the city of Denver as a winter park for its residents, Winter Park Resort has continually operated since 1939. The ski area is known for being a very family friendly resort and has terrain for all ability types. Winter Park contains over 3,000 skiable acres that span across two distinct mountains and is home to a majority of beginner and intermediate trails. Mary Jane Mountain is home to amazing tree skiing, world-class moguls, and wide open alpine bowls.
OPEN / 11/18/15 CLOSE 04/26/16
RUNS / 153 SNOWFALL AVERAGE / 354″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $83
TELLURIDE “It’s a well-known fact that Telluride Ski Resort boasts some of the steepest, deepest and most diverse terrain of any ski resort in North America,” according to Olympian Gus Kenworthy, a Telluride local. Stashed in the southwest corner of Colorado, 100 miles from the nearest stoplight, Telluride is home to more than 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain. Once dubbed “To-Hell-You-Ride” from its mining town days, Telluride is a modern European-style town and iconic Colorado destination ski area.
OPEN / 11/25/15 CLOSE 04/03/16
RUNS / 147 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 309″
LIFT TICKETS / $118
COPPER MOUNTAIN Copper Mountain is famous for its naturally divided terrain that has distinct sections of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails. The resort provides visitors with spectacular views and world class facilities combined with great terrain options for any ability level. Located in Summit County, about 75 miles west of Denver, Copper Mountain is a Colorado favorite. The resort is also home to Woodward at Copper, an indoor freestyle training facility that is open to the public.
OPEN / 11/11/15 CLOSE / 04/17/16
RUNS / 142 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 305″
LIFT TICKETS / $54 – $78
ASPEN / SNOWMASS Anyplace else, this would be considered four separate vacations, but not in Aspen, where skiers will find more than 5,300 acres of terrain between Snowmass, Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Not to mention the endless dining, nightlife and shopping the town of Aspen is known for, providing more than enough reasons to visit one of the world’s most famous and exciting ski resorts. There’s no better time to experience “The Power of Four.”
OPEN / 11/21/15 CLOSE / 04/17/16
RUNS / 329 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 300″
LIFT TICKETS / $89 – $139
LOVELAND Known as one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit of 13,010 feet, and one of the first resorts to open every season, Loveland Ski Area sits on the east side of the Eisenhower Tunnel and crosses the Continental Divide. With two base areas, Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin, skiers and riders have access to 1,800 acres with an additional 100 acres of hike-to terrain. Averaging 400 inches of snowfall annually, 93 trails offer everything from groomers to trees to big open bowls off the Ridge. Lift service is offered to 12,700 feet and the Ridge Cat now offers snowcat tours off of the North Side of the Ridge.
OPEN / 10/29/15 CLOSE / 05/03/16
RUNS / 94 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 422″
LIFT TICKETS / $35 – $184
VAIL Vail Ski Resort is world renowned for providing guests with an experience that truly is “Like nothing on Earth.” The resort is home to seven legendary back bowls spanning seven miles across the backside of the resort. The ski area is enormous with over 5,289 acres to explore and four distinct base areas connected by free buses and heated walkways. The resort has great terrain options, excellent ski schools, and a large assortment of shopping and dining options. The two main base areas are Vail Village and Lionshead.
OPEN / 11/20/15 CLOSE / 04/10/2016
RUNS / 461 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 353″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $120
CRESTED BUTTE Known as Colorado’s last great ski town, Crested Butte is a great year round mountain destination that offers gorgeous scenery, a rich history and lack of crowds. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has expansive and diverse terrain across more than 1,500 skiable acres and offers terrain suitable for any ability type. Crested Butte Resort is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range. The resort town of Mt. Crested Butte is about three miles from the historic mining town of Crested Butte.
OPEN / 11/25/15 CLOSE / 04/03/16
RUNS / 124 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 300″
LIFT TICKET / FROM $59
STEAMBOAT Steamboat Ski Resort, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a premier ski destination famous for its Champagne Powder®. The resort is situated across seven mountain peaks within the Park Range and overlooks the Yampa Valley. The area has a rich western heritage and is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Steamboat Springs has been dubbed Ski Town, U.S.A. due to the fact that more Olympians call Steamboat home than any other ski resort.
OPEN / 11/25/15 CLOSE / 04/10/16
RUNS / 165 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 352″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $57
BRECKENRIDGE When gold was discovered along the Blue River in the 1800s, miners flocked to Breckenridge to seek their fortune. Today, skiers and snowboarders head to Breck seeking something almost as valuable: the perfect mountain town. While the town’s Victorian architecture and designation as Colorado’s largest historic district make a trip to Breck an aesthetically appealing and historically enriching experience, the array of activities—from powder and groomers to shopping, dining and nightlife—keeps things exciting.
OPEN / 11/03/15 CLOSE / 04/24/16
RUNS / 187 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 300″
LIFT TICKET / FROM $86
KEYSTONE Keystone Resort is just a quick hour-and-a-half drive from Denver International Airport and well worth it as the largest ski resort in Summit County. With terrain ranging from beginner to advanced spread across 3,148 skiable acres, three distinct mountain peaks, 20 lifts and two gondolas, Keystone also offers up terrain park and cat skiing options to suit the full skier/snowboarder spectrum. The ski area is home to multiple world-class restaurants, luxury spas, a wide array of accommodations, excellent shopping and two unique villages to explore. The resort is also known for being a great family destination, with activities for all ages and the largest night skiing operation in Colorado.
OPEN / 11/06/16 CLOSE / 04/10/16
RUNS / 131 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 230″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $72
MT. HOOD MEADOWS Averaging 430 inches of snow, Mt. Hood Meadows is located 90 minutes away from Portland in the Mt. Hood National Forest offering some of the best big mountain terrain for skiers and riders. Featuring 2,150 skiable acres, the accommodating varied terrain is serviced by 11 total lifts, 85 named runs, and a 2,777ft vertical rise. Additional hike-to terrain adds an additional 1,700ft of vertical for ambitious skiers and riders.
OPEN / 11/21/15 CLOSE / 05/01/16
RUNS / 85 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 430″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $22
MT. BACHELOR Mt. Bachelor is situated within the Deschutes National Forest in the scenic Cascade Range of central Oregon. Only 22 miles outside of Bend, Oregon along the Century Divide Highway, Mt. Bachelor is a great ski destination that includes a modern lift infrastructure and updated amenities. The ski area is known for having great snow quality and large expansive terrain. As one of the highest mountains in the area, Mt. Bachelor offers 360 degree views from its summit
OPEN / 11/21/15 CLOSE / 05/30/16
RUNS / 88 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 462″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $42
ANTHONY LAKES MOUNTAIN RESORT Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, located in Eastern Oregon, offers 1100 acres of skiing and snowboarding as well as an abundance of Nordic Terrain. The ski area boasts an 8,000 summit with 900 vertical feet of skiable terrain accessed by a triple chair, T-Bar and wonder carpet. Their 21 runs are suited for all abilities, with 20% Beginner, 38% Intermediate and 42% Expert. In 2012-2013 the resort is running their “Own The Mountain” campaign, where groups of guests can rent the entire mountain for the day.
OPEN / 12/05/15 CLOSE / 04/05/16
RUNS / 21 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 300″
LIFT TICKETS / $35
MT. HOOD SKI BOWL Located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, Mt. Hood Skibowl is the largest night ski area in the United States and the closest ski and snowboard area to Portland, Oregon. Skibowl features 65 trails – 34 fully lit night runs – spread across 960 acres with a vertical drop of 1,500 feet and a summit elevation of 5,100 feet on Tom Dick Peak. Averaging an annual snowfall of 300 inches, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl accommodates skiers and riders of all levels and abilities with terrain ratings of 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 40% advanced. Two fully lit terrain parks thrill the freestylers day and night.
OPEN / 12/31/15 CLOSE / 04/13/16
RUNS / 65 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 300″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $53
HOODOO Hoodoo has been a favorite of winter sport families from the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon for many years. Located atop Santiam Pass, guest can get there from either side of the Cascade Range. Hoodoo is home to 32 runs on 800 acres of skiable terrain accessed from five lifts. Hoodoo features a variety of terrain thanks to its big, rounded butte, where lots of wide open terrain abounds. The frontside features finely groomed trails while the backside is a powder paradise. Hoodoo has a full-service restaurant on the first-level of the lodge as well as lodging options at the Black Butte Ranch.
OPEN / 12/31/15 CLOSE / 04/14/16
RUNS / 30 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 350″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $54
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN Located on the Northeast corner of Mt. Rainier National Park less than two hours from Seattle or Bellevue, Washington, Crystal Mountain’s breathtaking views include Mount Rainier – the 14,400-foot volcano. Within the resorts 2,600 acres of accessible terrain, skiers and riders will find everything from gentle groomers for beginners to challenging chutes, steeps, glades, and bowls for the advanced. Expansive backcountry parallels the open boundary policy for experts and the adventurous – skiers/riders beware – hazard and safety preparedness training recommended. 10 lifts and a gondola service Crystal Mountains 486 inches of annual snowfall and expansive terrain.
OPEN / 11/21/15 CLOSE / 04/17/16
RUNS / 57 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 486″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $72
STEVENS PASS The geography and elevation of Stevens Pass in the North Central Cascades (78 miles from Seattle), combined with dry wind from the east, make snow conditions unbeatable. Skiers and riders get 1,800 vertical feet on three sides of two different mountains. Stevens averages 450 inches of snowfall annually on 1,125 acres of skiable terrain. The terrain ranges from expert only, to smooth, wide-open cruising runs for all levels of snow sports enthusiasts. The trails near six lifts are lit for night skiing and riding several nights a week. Stevens has two terrain parks: Top Phlight Terrain Park, for serious rippers, and Dog Dunes for tamer ones.
OPEN / 12/04/15 CLOSE / 04/19/16
RUNS / 50 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 460″
LIFT TICKETS / FROM $69
WHITE PASS 50 miles east of Yakima and 110 miles west of Tacoma, Washington, White Pass Ski Area is just 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainer National Park in the Washington Cascades. White Pass offers a vertical rise of over 2,000 ft. and 1,500 accessible acres with terrain from beginner to advanced for skiers and riders. 8 lifts service the area and includes a Nordic area as well as terrain parks for the freestylers.
OPEN / 11/28/15 CLOSE / 04/26/16
RUNS / 45 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 350″
LIFT TICKETS / $5 – $62
MISSION RIDGE Located only 12 miles from Wenatchee, Washington, Mission Ridge is built into a basin on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains and known for having 300 days of sunshine annually compared to other mountains in Washington. Mission Ridge features 2,000 accessible acres with a vertical rise of 2,250 feet, and 36 designated trails serviced by four lifts and two rope tows. With a terrain rating of 10% beginner, 60% intermediate and 30% advanced, skiers and riders have access to groomers, chutes, bowls, and backcountry for those who prefer the more extreme.
OPEN / 11/27/15 CLOSE / 04/12/16
RUNS / 56 SNOWFALL AVERAGE 200″
LIFT TICKETS / $10 – $55
MT. BAKER Mt. Baker Ski Area, in Northern Washington, is a powderhound mecca. The ski area averages the most annual snowfall, 641 inches, in the entire world and holds the record for most snowfall in a single season, 1,140 inches in the ’98-’99 season. The ski area also annually plays host to the largest snowboard race in the world with 240 competitors in its Legendary Banked Slalom. Guests can benefit from the Baker Bus, transportation provided throughout the Whatcom County to Mt. Baker.
OPEN / 11/19/15 CLOSE / 04/19/16
RUNS / 38 SNOWFALL AVERARGE 682″
LIFT TICKETS / $25 – $58
From all of us at TheTravelJoint.com we wish everyone a safe and exciting ski season!