Best Places to Ski in Utah

Utah is a skier’s paradise. Acres of amazing ski resorts and backcountry trails are located a mere 30 minutes from Salt Lake City. Whether you are looking for some nice groomers or pristine powder, there is something for every skier in Utah. These are our picks for the best places to ski in Utah.    The Staples  Park City Mountain Resort  Park City is the ultimate ski town. The resort itself has more than 7,300 skiable acres, 3,226 vertical feet, and over 330 trails. In 2002, Park City hosted sections of the Winter Olympic Games. Over 100 groomed trails and great mountain amenities make the mountain a luxurious and family friendly destination.  Alta/Snowbird These two resorts, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon are powder paradises. Of Alta's 119 runs, over half of them are rated as advanced. Skiers come from all over the world...

Best Places to Ski in Arizona

Skiing In Arizona
It may come as a surprise that a state which reaches well above 100 degrees fahrenheit in the summer has amazing skiing in the winter. There are many great skiing destinations in Arizona to get your powder fix. Here are our picks for the best places to ski in Arizona. Arizona Snowbowl Not only are there scenic chairlift rides that face the San Francisco Peaks, but there are 55 runs of every level to keep you coming back for more. The new high-speed six-person lift also gives ample opportunity to explore the entire mountain. Close to Phoenix, the Snowbowl has a taste of winter while not leaving the heart of the desert. Ski Lifts: 8 Runs: 55 (22% beginner, 43% intermediate, 22% advanced, 13% expert runs) Season: Mid-November through April Closest City: Flagstaff Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Just outside Tucson, Mt. Lemmon is the...

Where to Backcountry Ski in the US

Backcountry skiing is one of the best ways to enjoy nature and get some amazing untouched powder. Earning your turns in pure wilderness is an experience like no other. Once you get the right gear and training, you need to find the right location. Gearo has you covered with our picks for where to backcountry ski in the US.    Colorado This state is known worldwide as a primer ski destination. Hitting the slopes of one of the 32 Colorado ski resorts guarantees a mellow day in the snow. For those looking to earn their turns and escape the crowds, Colorado has some of the best backcountry skiing as well.    Indian Peak Wilderness For backcountry skiing near Boulder, head to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Indian Peaks Wilderness is an amazing escape from the traffic of I-70 and just 90 minutes from Denver. Within this wilderness,...

Skis & Snowboards – Rent Vs. Buy

Ski Rentals
Let’s be real – ski and snowboard gear is expensive. It’s big, bulky and can be a huge hassle to store. But without it, you wouldn’t be able to do a vast majority of the winter outdoor activities you love. That's why renting outdoor gear is a great alternative to purchasing it. Check out these reasons to rent gear! Cost: Once you've brought home the bacon, it can be tempting to run out and snag that shiny equipment you've been eyeing. But here's the bottom line: buying winter outdoor gear is not cheap. Renting winter gear, however, significantly lowers the upfront cost. Plus, it's a great way to try out high-quality gear without breaking the bank. For instance, a new backcountry setup can cost upwards of $1300 but renting one starts around $50. Additionally, keeping your gear in its best condition can come at a high cost. Outdoor...

5 Colorado Huts for Backcountry Skiing

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If you haven't gone on a hut trip during the winter season, you're missing out. Hut trips provide the opportunity to see the high-country winter while spending time with your friends or family; if you choose. They also allow you to get a hard workout in while exploring backcountry skiing. Colorado has a great variety of huts for backcountry skiing, split-boarding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Here are our recommendations for 5 Colorado huts for backcountry skiing. Plan Ahead and Prepare: In order to complete a successful trek into the backcountry on skis, split-boards or snowshoes you need to prepare for the trip. You will need to know how to effectively read a map so you can pick the safest and most stable route to the hut. You will also want to prepare for the unexpected and pack and bring enough food, water, and clothing for a...

Ski Resorts in the U.S. with Great Terrain Parks

Ski Resorts in the U.S. with Great Terrain Parks Whether you're an advanced park skier or you're just interested in trying it out, there's a large range of ski resorts in the US that have terrain parks suitable for all skill levels. Next time you plan to hit the slopes on your vacation, try out one of these ski resorts with awesome terrain parks. Mammoth Mountain, California [caption id="attachment_26109" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Via Mammoth Mountain - Facebook[/caption] Located on a dormant volcano in California’s Sierra Mountains, Mammoth Mountain boasts an average 400 inches of snowfall and over 300 days of sunshine a year (most weather reports you can find via their website here). Mammoth ski resort revamped its terrain park in 2012. Depending on snow coverage, it now has around 100 acres dedicated to their park, where you can...

Adventuring Alone: 5 Tips and Advice

Adventuring alone can be one of the most liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter what age you are. Solo travel can offer the opportunity for self-reflection and growth. On the other hand, adventuring alone can be one of the most daunting and intimidating experiences to embark on. Here are some tips and advice to help you better stay safe and plan ahead for your next solo adventure. 1. Do Your Research  We can't stress this enough, make sure you do your research on the trip you plan on doing alone. It's better to come prepared than to show up with no plan at all. One of your top concerns for adventuring alone should be safety. While you should always be cautious, don’t let exploring new places stop you from embarking alone. Make sure you do the proper research on the destination you plan on traveling to, the activities you’ll...

Best Cross Country Skiing in Southern Colorado

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Cross-country skiing is an amazing way to get great exercise during the winter months. Whether you are looking to try the traditional style or skate skiing, it is easy to find places to get a winter burn. The terrain of Southern Colorado is an awesome place to hit the slopes, both alpine and cross country.  We compiled our picks for the best cross country skiing in Southern Colorado below!    Durango Nordic Center  Located at Purgatory Ski Resort, about 25 minutes from downtown Durango, Durango Nordic Center is a great skiing destination. The center offers 20 km of groomed trails for classic skiing, skate skiing, and even specific trails for snowshoeing. Along with daily groomed trails, the center offers classes for all ability levels, ranging from beginner to competitive. The trails are nestled in the San Juan Mountains with amazing...

Five Reasons to Rent a Mountain Bike in Denver

5 Reasons to Rent A Mountain Bike in the Denver Area
Thinking to rent a mountain bike in the Denver area? Here are five reasons to convince you! 1) There’s Something For Everyone Colorado offers trails for all skill levels, regardless if it's your first time on the mountain or you're a seasoned biker venturing out to new trails. You can do cross country, trail riding, and downhill mountain biking all in the same place. Trail ratings may vary, so be sure to warm up on the easy trails and work your way up before pushing your limits. Check out this mountain biking trail difficulty ratings system before you go.   2) It's Always Mountain Biking Season While seasonal sports like skiing and snowboarding require snowfall, mountain biking can be done year-round. Although the best riding conditions are late spring through fall, the rise of fat tire bikes allows for mid-winter rides on...