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Mountain Holidays in America

Covering 7 states of America from the infamous Colorado summits to California's Mammoth Mountains - Mountain Holidays have access to 100s of resorts/lodges for 19 different destinations.

The USA provides masses of great slopes, groomed parks and bowls for skiers and boarders of all levels of ability. Each is quite individual with breathtaking views, and spectacular alpine scenery. There are a range of accommodation standards from dorms to first class lodges - all with great, friendly service. The altitude of the mountains in the USA ensures champagne quality - dry, light, powder snow. The Rockies on the west coast provide wonderful snow conditions. And the inland mountains with there great conditions make for excellent skiing and riding too.

So if it's extreme terrain or cruisy soft slopes you're after, then let us know and we can help you find the best destination to suit you.

We have based our choices on what we think are some really great options for ski holidays in America, but we also have access to many other destinations in the States, just see our map below!

INFORMATION + MAP (click to open/close)

CURRENCY

Currency in the US is the USD. This comes in coins(1 cent “Penny”, 5 cent “Nickel”, 10 cent “Dime”, 25 cent “Quarter” and less common 50 cent and $1) and notes($1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and less common $2). Be careful with notes as some of the older ones are the same size and colour which can be confusing, so make sure you check before handing over your notes. We also strongly recommend that you take at least 1 credit card with you as all US hotels will require a deposit as a guarantee for incidentals such as meals, drinks etc.

VISA

New Zealand passport holders can travel to the US under the Visa Waiver program as long as you make sure that your passport has at least 6 months validity upon enrty into the USA. Effective Jan 2009 the Visa Waiver Program means that travellers will be required to obtain a travel authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorities or ESTA at least 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. This can be done at: http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

TIPPING

Most service employees in the US are on very low retainers, the extra the receive in tipping is viewed as part of there salary. As a general rule tipping should be between 15-20% in restaurants, 10-15% in taxis and approx. $1 for porters, maids and guides.

CLIMATE

The USA is a great destination that can be visited at any time of the year. Due to its Northern and Southern Hemisphere location, the season are the reverse of those in NZ with the hottest months being July and August. Generally it gets hotter the further south you go and seasonally more extreme the further you are north and inland from the coasts. Winters in the northeast and upper Midwest can bring long periods below freezing even though its still warm enough to swim at the beaches in Florida and souther California. Travelling to certain destinations in the USA at specific times of the year can be a magical experience, there is nothing like New York during the Christmas and New Year Holiday period or Boston and New England in the Fall.

LANGUAGE

English is the spoken Language throughout the United States.

HEALTH/MEDICAL FACILITIES

At present we have no health or medical alerts for the USA, but it's always best to check with the Travel doctor before travelling to your destination. Also medical care is very good but is also very expensive in the USA so please always travel with insurance when travelling here. Ask for a quote and we will be happy to help.

WATER

Water from taps is drinkable, but please always read and use advice given at hotels and drink bottled water when you are out and about.