North American ski resorts have a special place in my heart, contributing to some of the skiing milestones throughout my life.
My skiing journey began at the age of seven, when my family embarked on our first ski trip to Mont-Temblant, based in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. Since then, my family and I travelled to a variety of resorts around Europe to spend our winter holidays enjoying the fresh snow and exploring the variety of après activities available.
In 2011, I returned to Canada to embark on the experience of a lifetime. The second year of my university degree saw me begin an industrial work placement and, by this time, I knew I wanted to complete my work experience within a skiing environment. So, in November 2011 I departed the UK for Vancouver to begin my journey to become a Whistler Blackcomb ski school instructor! By December that year, I was a qualified level one ski instructor and spent the next five months sharing my love of skiing with adult and children beginner groups on a daily basis.
So now you know a little about me and how Canadian resorts have had a large impact on my snow sports journey – from my first day on skis to today. It seems logical, then, for this week’s Resort of the Week post to feature a North American resort. While at Rayburn Ski we don’t offer any Canadian resorts (yet!), the upcoming 14/15 winter season sees our first groups heading stateside to one of the many great resorts we do currently work with.
Pre-season excitement was truly underway this week, with the announcement that Sunday River was to open this week after over a month of snow making at the resort. To top off the pre-season jitters, we spent the day at the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show on Thursday, catching up with our current suppliers and meeting with some new potential prospects!
With a dedicated school groups department, Sunday River is the perfect resort to begin exploring state-side skiing. Plus, Rayburn Ski and Sunday River have a close relationship, meaning we work closely together in order to create an amazing tailor-made trip for your school.
Sunday River is made up of eight interconnected mountain peaks and has a fairly even spread of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, ideal for groups with students of varying levels of ability. It also offers a range of on-mountain lodging, available for your groups to use when they visit the resort. With familiar food being served at meal times and some complexes even having their own swimming pools and hot tubs, the accommodation options are sure to prove very attractive for British groups looking to explore state-side skiing.
For more reasons about why we love USA skiing please see our USA section on our website, or speak to one of our tour consultants today!