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(2017 - Winter Issue)


Wintertime getaways come wrapped in all sorts of irresistible packages. For some, it means curling up in front of a crackling fire at a country inn. Others stroll along small village streets in search of unique, artisan-made products while active travellers prefer snow or ice for skiing, snowshoeing, sledding or skating excursions. America’s wintertime destinations have it all!

No matter the temperature, Maryland’s National Harbor will be hit with 5,000 blocks of ice come November at the “Gaylord National Harbor ICE!” event, an indoor winter wonderland near Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2017 to New Year’s Day 2018). Activities include a gallery of world-class ice sculptures plus four slippery ice slides. The brick-paved streets of historic Annapolis are lined with quaint boutiques and shops—a holiday shopper’s delight. On select evenings in December, the stores stay open until midnight and Canadian travellers can find special offers at Hampton Inn & Suites and at Hobo Bags, an Annapolis-based artisan handbag store.

Utah’s 14 ski resorts each offer a unique winter sports experience. Powder Mountain has added two new lifts for the season, creating the most skiable acres in North America with 3,425 hectares. Montage Deer Valley is unveiling Montage Generations, a new program where families choose from an array of activities including tubing, cooking classes, snowshoeing and more. The Park City resort has expanded its Montage Expeditions program with excursions to Yellowstone National Park, so guests can experience skiing the famed slopes of Deer Valley while visiting a national park, all in one stay.

The Waldorf Astoria Park City is now offering a way for everyone in the family to live out their dreams of being an Olympian. Guests of the hotel can visit sites from the 2002 Olympic Games with a professional athlete, with options to ski at Park City Mountain or bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park.

Instead of white knuckling it at the top of a double-black diamond mountain, Massachusetts winter sport enthusiasts can master the art of skiing or snowboarding on conquerable slopes and manageable trails. January is “National Learn to Ski and Snowboard” month in the United States, and it’s a great time to learn with a friend. Many resort areas across central and western Massachusetts offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing, great for young couples and families who love the outdoors and cosy ski lodges. Massachusetts takes skating outside in the winter season, even in the city at Boston City Hall Plaza’s new ice rink.

Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass turns 50 this year with visitor-friendly ways to celebrate, including vintage 1967 lift ticket pricing on December 15, as well as a festive weekend of anniversary activities December 15–17. Set to open in December is the new, year-round Breathtaker Coaster, with a tandem option for small children and safety features like state-of-the-art anti-collision technology. On the technology front, Aspen Snowmass skiers can now track vertical feet on an app that plans routes across the mountains and reports on mountain conditions, activities, lift tickets and lessons.

Discover more information on travel to the USA at visittheusa.ca.

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