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Choosing the perfect winter ski destination for your family

By Matt Chernov, December 05, 2017

Staying active during the winter is essential to good physical health, and skiing is considered by many to be the ultimate cold-weather exercise. Whether you're looking to improve your cardiovascular endurance, develop superior core strength, or combat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, hitting the slopes is the perhaps the finest medicine there is. Best of all, it's a fun activity that's perfect for families to enjoy together! To help you choose a ski destination that's right for your family, here are seven spectacular winter resorts arranged according to skill level, from beginner to advanced.

Ski passes in Snowmass, Colorado

Snowmass, Colorado

When you're ready to introduce your children to the joy of skiing for the very first time, look no further than this family-friendly resort located near the town of Aspen, Colorado. The professional instructors at Snowmass specialize in working with the tiniest skiers, and the mountain's 25,000-square foot Treehouse Kids Adventure Center is designed to help youngsters learn the basics, quickly and comfortably. Since Snowmass is celebrating its historic 50th anniversary this year, visitors of all ages can enjoy a host of exciting seasonal events, including an official X Games competition.

people on a ski lift in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Overlooking a stunning wide-open valley, Steamboat Springs comes highly recommended for children who've never skied before. To help your kids build confidence and develop important basic skills, the mountain offers several wonderfully gentle runs and training areas. For non-skiers, the gorgeous views and lively cowboy atmosphere are the perfect way to spend a winter vacation. And if you're looking to heat things up, why not spend some time soaking in the relaxing natural hot springs located in nearby downtown?

Aerial of skiers at Mammoth Mountain in California

Mammoth Mountain, California

The ultimate all-inclusive winter resort, Mammoth offers something for every possible skier, regardless of their age or skill level. Teens and adults will love the mountain's exciting snowboarding runs, while non-skiers can race each other on inflatable tubes located at the nearby Woolly's Tube Park. For a fireworks display that you'll never forget, plan your visit to coincide with December 31st, and be sure to reserve a spot on the picturesque Village Gondola Deck. There, you and your family can celebrate the New Year with live music, party favors, and gourmet hot chocolate.

Two snowboarders at Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.

Vail Ski Resort, Colorado

Variety is the name of the game at Vail. Whether you're looking to graduate your children from beginners to intermediate, or sharpen your own skills, you'll find a host of experienced ski instructors ready to help. The resort's fabulous Kris Kringle Market, which features live Christmas carolers dressed in classic Dickens-style costumes, adds a touch of holiday magic to Vail's winter ski season.

View of the mountains and ski passes in Snowbird, Utah.

Snowbird, Utah

Nicknamed “The Bird," this epic mountain resort features some of the more challenging runs on this list, making it an ideal destination for families with prior ski experience. For thrill-seekers looking to test their mettle, the wild Cirque Traverse run is just the ticket. Beginners and intermediate skiers will enjoy the colorfully named Bassackwards run.

View of snow covered mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This incredible resort features a variety of terrain for all skill levels. But for experts who think they've skied it all, the mountain's legendry Corbet's Couloir run is the ultimate challenge. Non-skiers will have plenty of fun at the many seasonal events scheduled throughout the winter, which include family ice skating day, live bird of prey demonstrations, fireworks night, and a colorful glow stick parade for the youngest children.

Aerial view of the town in Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado

Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado

How do you know that Crested Butte is one of the most challenging mountains in the country? Well, the fact that it's the home of the annual U.S. Extreme Freestyle Ski Championships might tip you off. Held each February, this one-of-a-kind event draws expert competitors from around the world. Though the brave participants are charged an entry fee, the contest is free for guests and spectators to enjoy. But don't let Crested Butte's hardcore reputation fool you. There are several runs available for beginners and intermediates as well.

If you go

No matter which ski destination you choose, United Airlines flies to all of these destinations. Book your trip at united.com, or by using the convenient United app.

Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida

By United Newsroom, August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations. The new, nonstop flights reflect United's continuing strategy to aggressively, and opportunistically manage the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to destinations where customers most want to fly.

Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

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