6 Quirky Snow Experiences in North America

Six ski resorts, six different experiences. Something to think about when planning your ski trip to the USA or Canada.


There are a whole load of interesting and unusual things to do in ski resorts in North America.

Here are just a few of them.

They have been pulled together by our friends at IKON Pass

All of the resorts are part of the season pass which grants skiers and riders access to 41 destinations around the world.

You can read more about what’s new with the IKON Pass in our earlier article.

Winter Park Express, Colorado

The Winter Park Express is the only ski train in the USA.

It takes from Denver Union Station direct to the slopes of Winter Park, Colorado,  in just two hours.

People unloading ski gear off the Winter Park Express

Winter Park Express. Image © PlanetSKI.

Running on select dates until 29th March, the Winter Park Express features ski and snowboard storage as well as a Lounge Car for those wanting to start the après early.

We have experienced the journey at PlanetSKI and it beats driving along the Interstate.


Horseback riding at Steamboat, Colorado

True to its roots, Steamboat encourages visitors to soak up its rich western heritage and explore Colorado’s wilderness the way it was intended.

Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch offers snowy horseback rides where the snow reaches riders’ stirrups as they explore picturesque trails through the Routt National Forest.

We’ve done this too.

Jane Peel Horse riding in Steamboat

Horse riding in Steamboat. Image © PlanetSKI.

It’s not to be missed if you’re anywhere near Steamboat.


Ski with a Champion at Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley in Park City offers an exclusive ‘Ski with a Champion’ experience, where visitors can spend time skiing with an Olympic snow sports athlete.

It’s available to individuals, families and groups.

Skiers are shown the best spots on the mountains and create lifelong memories with the Champions.

Skiers only, though. Snowboarders are not allowed at Deer Valley.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove,  skied with an Olympian in the resort in January.

James Cove & Heidi Voelker in Deer Valley

James Cove & 3 x Olympian Heidi Voelker in Deer Valley. Image © PlanetSKI.


Spring skiing at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in North Lake Tahoe is known for having one of the longest winter seasons in the USA.

So much so, it has earned the moniker of ‘Spring Skiing Capital’ for its combination of deep snow, blue skies and sunny rays.

After a day on the slopes, the High Camp outdoor hot tub is a great place to soothe muscles and enjoy the view.


Elevation: Mammoth at Mammoth Mountain, California

The 18th annual Elevation: Mammoth, also known as Mammoth Gay Ski Week, returns from 18th to 22nd March for five days of skiing, partying and good vibes.

Highlights of the festival include a wine and chocolate tasting event and Rainbow Run on the penultimate day, where skiers and riders cruise down to Canyon Lodge wearing their brightest colours and holding rainbow flags.


Ice climbing at Tremblant, Quebec

Those looking to really challenge themselves this winter can try ice climbing at Tremblant in Quebec.

No prior experience is necessary as visitors will learn basic ice climbing techniques as they bravely navigate a frozen waterfall.