How we started on this Escape2ski journey for skiing, snowboarding, lodging and travel was at the community ski area in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is where I first experienced the freedom and sense of adventure that skiing provides. When I moved to British Columbia, Canada in 1988, I discovered the vast amount of ski areas close to my home in Vancouver, British Columbia. I couldn’t wait to start planning all the ski areas that I would have the opportunity to visit – my original goal was 25, then 50, and the number quickly grew to 100.
At the same time, I started collecting souvenir ski pins at each new ski area visited – and 29 years later, I’ve surpassed my original goal and collected a souvenir pin from each ski area along the way.
As my list grew, so did my passion for skiing. I quickly realized that to reach beyond some of my goals, I was going to have to travel outside the province British Columbia and also, Canada. This is where my experience with ski and snowboarding travel began as I was always planning my next ski destination.
Each year I would search out new ski resorts, then research the best way to get the most from my ski vacation. Whether it was a single-mountain visit or a complicated multiple-mountain trip, involving airline travel, accommodations, rental cars and lift tickets, I would start by carefully constructing a detailed plan to make sure I truly experienced the ski resort and all it had to offer. As my expertise and knowledge base continued to grow, more and more people approached me to help them plan their next ski or snowboarding experience.
To date I’ve skied 158 Ski Resorts in North America, that consists of 16 US states – including Alaska, and 5 Canadian provinces. I’ve also skied 20 of the Top 20 Ski Resorts as identified by both Ski Magazine and Outside Magazine for 2015 and 30 of the Top 30 as recently ranked by Ski Magazine for 2015/16.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you the new ski resorts planned for the 2016/2017 season.
Escape2ski is my way of sharing my ski experience, ski or snowboarding travel knowledge and passion with other inspired skiers and snowboarders. I hope you enjoy it.
President of Escape2ski Inc