6 Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. this Season

first_imgFor many, skiing is a hobby — a favorite activity or a weekend getaway. For others, it’s a way of life. It’s a reason for living.Some ski resorts are famous for their quaint town shops, some their epic terrain, and some their deep, fluffy powder. Whatever your drug of choice, there are some epic places to ski in the United States. Here are the six best ski resorts in the U.S. to bomb powder stashes and ripping up the corduroy.Steamboat Ski ResortSteamboat Springs, ColoradoSteamboatFamous for its “Champagne Powder,” Steamboat Ski Resort just outside of Steamboat Springs has plenty of skiing and other activities to enjoy. Get a free night of skiing the first day you arrive by showing your flight boarding pass. In the morning, check out the famous runs Closet and Shadows when the powder is flowing.If you ever get bored of the 2,964 acres of skiing, you can check out the snowmobile tours and the two-person roller coaster. Just a few miles down the road, relax sore muscles in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.Stay: Antlers at Christie BaseAprès: T-BarTelluride Ski ResortTelluride, ColoradoTellurideConsistently rated one of the top places in ski in the U.S., Telluride Ski Resort has it all; tons of snow, short lines, and massive terrain are just a few of the perks.When you need a break from skiing, have a drink at the 12,000-foot-high Alpino Vino, the highest restaurant in North America. The view won’t disappoint seeing as you’re surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks on the continent. Wandering around in town is like going back in time to a Victorian mining town with only the essential modern conveniences like fast ski lifts. The nearest stoplight is 45 miles away.Stay: New Sheridan HotelAprès: OakAlta Ski AreaAlta, UtahAltaSince the invention of snowboards, skiers and snowboarders have fought over which is better. Most resorts allow both, but if you’re looking for somewhere to ski in peace, check out Alta Ski Area in Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City.One of the oldest ski areas in the country, the first lift was started in 1939. Amenities aren’t as numerous as other resorts but the number of options is growing, such as the slick-looking Snowpine Lodge. Shopping isn’t the focus when you go to Alta; skiing is. The resort has some of the most challenging in-bounds skiing in the country.Stay: Snowpine LodgeAprès: Shallow ShaftSugarloafCarrabassett Valley, MaineJamie Walter/SugarloafTo give the eastern U.S. some love, we head over to Maine and Sugarloaf Mountain. With 1400 skiable acres and 200 inches of snowfall per year, Sugarloaf is the second-largest resort east of the Mississippi and offers the only lift-serviced, above-treeline skiing in the area. Get above the trees and ski the wide open snowfields for something different.Stay: Sugarloaf Village CondosAprès: 45 NorthBreckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge, ColoradoBreckenridge/FacebookAbout 80 miles from Denver, the town of Breckenridge is home to one of the most popular ski resorts in the western hemisphere. The 2,908-acre resort with 34 lifts and 187 trails can lift 46,800 people per hour. Most of the beginner terrain is near the bottom with intermediate just above that.The highest chairs like the Kensho and Imperial Express lead to black and double black diamond playgrounds. Hike a little bit further and you can ski from 13,000-foot peaks all the way to down. If the altitude gets to you, visit one of three oxygen rental shops in town.Stay: The Lodge at BreckenridgeAprès: Base Nine BarAspen SnowmassAspen, ColoradoAspen Snowmass/FacebookIf you’re looking for as much skiing as you can possibly do on one lift pass, check out Aspen. You get access to four mountains, each with their own personalities. Buttermilk is great for beginners. Beginners and intermediates will do well at Snowmass. Experts only need try Aspen Mountain and Highlands; Aspen Mountain doesn’t have a single green run.After hitting the famous steep mogul runs, switch gears for shopping on the main street. The quaint, Victorian-style ski town houses Prada, Gucci and Ralph Lauren shops. Neither the shops or the lift passes are cheap, but what’s the price on the some of the best skiing in the country?Stay: The Little NellAprès: Aspen Highlands Alehouse The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

University principal defends gender pay gap by claiming that women have a

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A university principal has defended the gender pay gap by arguing that “women have a natural tendency not to have a go”.Professor Paul Layzell, the head of Royal Holloway University London (RHUL), insisted that there is a “transparent and fair pay system” at the institution. He claimed that women and minority ethnic groups are less likely to “put themselves in for promotion” at the university, which has a 10 per cent gender pay gap for full-time professors.At an open staff meeting in November, Prof Layzell said: “There are certain protected groups where there is a natural tendency to not have a go and put themselves in for promotion – sometimes that’s gender, sometimes it’s the BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] group”.He added that some academics are now using a teaching route into a professorship, which is normally research-led, which would “play to things they’re good at”.Prof Layzell is now facing a backlash over the comments, which were published by the student magazine Orbital after it obtained a recording of the meeting.Hundreds of alumni have signed an open letter attacking Prof Layzell for his comments, saying he showed a “lack of understanding and sensitivity”.“It has been hugely disappointing to discover that Royal Holloway has one of the worst professorial gender pay gaps in the country,” the letter said. “This disappointment has been compounded by your response in which you blamed women rather than institutional sexism for this gap. You then went on to make comments which implied that you felt women were more suited to teaching than research.” The letter says that Prof Layzell’s analysis is “not only crass, but shows a lack of understanding and sensitivity.” Alumni accused RHUL of having “drifted from a progressive legacy of promoting women’s rights”.Joe Rayment, who graduated from RHUL in 2013 and is now a Labour councillor, was one of the authors of the open letter.He said: “I am extremely disturbed by what has happened there in recent months. I hope that our voices are heard and that Professor Layzell will respond to us and explain exactly how he will make us once again proud to be Royal Holloway alumni.”A RHUL spokesman said that the principal’s comments at the meeting were taken out of context, adding: “The Principal has, on a number of occasions, stressed his determination to tackle the gender pay gap. “In the meeting, the Principal explained Royal Holloway’s commitment to supporting colleagues to reach their promotion potential by pioneering a number of initiatives.“Our approach to pay and promotion is both fair and transparent however, we recognise that there is more that we, and the sector, can do to tackle the causes of inequality. “In response, for some years now, Royal Holloway has been making changes to processes and procedures to minimize barriers to promotion.”last_img read more