December has arrived, and with it, darkness and arctic cold streaming down from the Great White North. To be honest, you actually enjoy the winter and the many opportunities it offers to get into the great outdoors, at a time when its environment is at its most invigorating and is blessedly mosquito-free.
Balancing your career and your free time is a precarious challenge though, especially during challenging economic times when employees are being asked to be more productive with fewer hands to help them out. By the same token though, you have to make time for yourself these days, lest you burn out.
Henceforth, make recreation time for yourself a priority this winter season by getting away to a winter sports resort near you. Below, we’ve listed three resorts that will fill your self-created long weekends which much hooting and hollering as you chase your stress away with a badly-needed rush of adrenaline…
1) Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada – After grabbing a convenient airport shuttle to the alpine village of Lake Louise (the highest one in Canada, at 1,750 metres or roughly 5,400 feet), settle in to your cozy digs, then decide what you will tackle first. You could go skating at what will likely rank as the prettiest rink in the world – the shoveled off portion of Lake Louise itself, with the spectacular Victoria Glacier as your backdrop. Or you could take to many of the cleared trails in the region with some cross-country skis, a wise choice, seeing how this part of Banff National Park is considered to be the hiking capital of Canada in the summertime. Of course, you could just head up to Ski Lake Louise, with its gigantic skiable area boasting 4,200 acres of riding over the front and back sides of the mountain. For this, we aren’t even talking about the accessible backcountry in the region, which is a veritable playground of powder for experts!
2) Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – A difficult to access community in the pioneer days notorious for harbouring outlaws, the only thief you’ll have to worry about these days are the ones who stole your hidden powder stash in the glades of this amazing, but surprisingly less trafficked ski resort in the wilds of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there is the usual assortment of runnable trails for novices, replete with stunning views of the Grand Teton Range of the American Rockies, expert skiers and snowboarders will be all over this mountain like kids on Christmas morning. For those less inclined to downhill skiing, you can enjoy a plethora of other activities, from snowmobiling to ice fishing, and even dips in local hot springs, which are a slice of heaven in the depths of mid-winter.
3) Jay Peak, Vermont, USA – For those on the East Coast that wish they could take off for the West Coast and partake of the powder that you hear about all the time from your college buddies out there, take heart. There is a resort on the Eastern Seaboard, in the heart of the highest reaches of the Appalachians that gets the most powder on the East Coast, hanging on to it for the longest out of any place in the Northeast. Jay Peak is that fortunate locale, with abundant glades for those that like to weave in and out of nature’s slalom posts. If you’re bringing your family with you, they have exceptional facilities on tap for them, as an indoor water park waits for them after a cold day on the slopes.
Despite the bitter grumblings of your co-workers regarding the coldest season’s weather, life is truly what you make of it. In that spirit, find a way to enjoy its good side, and you’ll get to Spring in higher spirits than in previous years!