Ikon Pass Resorts Highlight 6 Quirky Snow Experiences

Ikon Pass resorts have highlighted six quirky snow experiences to try across the USA and Canada this season, from the USA’s only ski train in Winter Park, Colorado to skiing in the sunshine at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California.  

Winter Park Express at Winter Park, Colorado

The Winter Park Express is the only ski train in the USA, taking passengers from Denver Union Station direct to the slopes of Winter Park in just two hours. Running on select dates until 29 March, the Winter Park Express features ski and snowboard storage as well as a Lounge Car for those wanting to start the après early. www.winterparkresort.com 

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. www.steamboat.com

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. Available to individuals, families and groups, skiers are shown the best spots on the mountains and create lifelong memories with the Champions. www.deervalley.com 

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. squawalpine.com

Elevation: Mammoth at Mammoth Mountain, California

The 18th annual Elevation: Mammoth, also known as Mammoth Gay Ski Week, returns 18-22 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. www.mammothmountain.com

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. www.tremblant.ca

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