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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.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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Spotlighting our own during Hispanic Heritage Month

By The Hub team, October 13, 2020

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 th through October 15th and take the time to recognize the important contributions of our colleagues of Hispanic descent in the United family.

This year, we hosted virtual events organized by our multicultural business resource group UNITE to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, covering topics ranging from immigration reform to Hispanic leadership. We're also taking a moment to highlight Latinx employees nominated by their peers for their contributions both at and outside of work.

These nominees have demonstrated leadership in their position and through their character. Take a moment to read their own words about how their background and heritage plays a role in the way they interact with customers, in how they support their colleagues and why it brings valuable perspective to their work.

Vania Wit – VP & Deputy Counsel

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"I am the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in the legal department. I am an attorney and have worked in the legal department for over 21 years and am currently responsible for a number of different legal areas – such as litigation, international, commercial and government contracts, labor, employment and benefits, antitrust. I have the privilege of working with a tremendous team of attorneys who are directly leading and managing these areas. One of the things I like most about my job is simply getting to know the backgrounds and personal stories that everyone has about their paths to United or their passion for the industry. Being the daughter of immigrants from South America and growing up in a family who relies heavily on air travel to connect us to our close family and friends is an integral part of my story and what drew me to this industry and this company."

Kayra Martinez – International Flight Attendant, FRA

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"I love that my work as a flight attendant brings me all over the world and allows me to connect with diverse people across the globe. Because of my Spanish heritage, I've been able to use my language as a way to connect with passengers, crew members and people from every nationality. In addition, my heritage gives me a very close connection to family, creating community and using inclusion as a way to bring people together. After transferring to Europe, I was able to study German, more Spanish, Italian and Arabic. Outside of work, I'm the director and founder of a nonprofit organization that empowers refugees through art. Hundreds of children and adults fleeing war-torn countries have found healing through my art workshops. These refugees are currently displaced in Greece. Their stunning paintings are then sold in art galleries and communities around the world, raising awareness and putting income directly into the hands of refugee artists."

Adriana Carmona – Program Manager, AO Regulatory Compliance

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"I've been incredibly lucky to have amazing leaders during my time at United who have challenged me from day one to think outside the box, step out of my comfort zone and trusted me to own and deliver on the tasks assigned. I think this sense of ownership is largely shaped by my Latino background, which values responsibility, respect and accountability and taking full charge of what's in your control to be able to deliver accordingly."

Harry Cabrera – Assistant Manager, AO Customer Service, IAH

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"My desire to help people is what drove me to start my career in Customer Service over two decades ago. Currently I provide support to our coworkers and customers at IAH , the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. As a Colombian native celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, I'm proud to see the strength that my fellow Latinos forge every day at United Airlines. Family values are a cornerstone of the Latin community; I consider my coworkers to be part of my extended family. Mentor support throughout the years gave me the opportunity to grow professionally. The desire to do better and help others succeed is part of that heritage. I collaborate with our Latin American operations and create ways to improve performance. No matter what language you speak, the passion for what you do and being approachable makes the difference in any interaction."

Juciaria Meadows – Assistant Regional Manager, Cargo Sales

Photo of Juciaria Meadows in a Cargo hold

"During my 28-year career, I've worked across the system in various frontline and leadership roles in Reservations, Customer Service and Passenger Sales in Brazil. I moved to the U.S. in 2012 to work as an Account Executive for Cargo. It did not take too long for me to learn that boxes and containers have as much a voice as a passenger sitting in our aircraft. My job is to foster relationships with shippers, freight forwarders, cosignees, etc. and build strong partnerships in fair, trustworthy and caring ways where United Cargo will be their carrier of choice. That's where my background growing up in a Latino family plays an important role in my day-to-day interactions. I've done many wonderful sales trainings provided by United and my academic background , but none of them taught me more than watching my parents running their wholesale food warehouse. Developing exceptional relationships with their customers, they always treated them with trust and respect. They were successful business people with a big heart, creative, always adding a personal touch to their business relationships and I find myself doing the same. It's a lesson that is deep in my heart."

Shanell Arevalo – Customer Service Representative, DEN

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"I am Belizean and Salvadoran. At a young age my family moved to California from Belize. Although I grew up in the United States , one thing my parents taught me was to never forget the culture, values and principles I was raised on. This includes showing love, compassion, and respect to all people. We learned to put our best foot forward for any situation and always put our heart and mind into everything we do. In my position as a customer service agent, it's the difference of showing the love, compassion and respect to our passengers to show that this is not just a job but rather a passion of genuinely caring for our people. Being Latina, we are raised to always take care of our family, and the way I take care of passengers is the way I would take care of my family. If there's one way I know I can make a difference with our Spanish speaking passengers, it's being able to speak the language. The glow that comes over a passenger's face when they realize there's someone who can speak Spanish is absolutely an indescribable feeling. With that glow comes comfort and joy. The small comfort they get from knowing someone can connect with them makes all the difference in their experience."

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United Cargo responds to COVID-19 challenges, prepares for what's next

By The Hub team, September 30, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, United Cargo has supported a variety of customers within the healthcare industry for over 10 years. Three key solutions – TempControl, LifeGuard and QuickPak – protect the integrity of vital shipments such as precision medicine, pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical equipment and vaccines. By utilizing processes like temperature monitoring, thermodynamic management, and priority boarding and handling, United Cargo gives customers the peace of mind that their shipments will be protected throughout their journey.

With the global demand for tailored pharmaceutical solutions at an all-time high, we've made investments to help ensure we provide the most reliable air cargo options for cold chain shipping. In April this year, we became the first U.S. carrier to lease temperature-controlled shipping containers manufactured by DoKaSch Temperature Solutions. We continue to partner with state-of-the-art container providers to ensure we have options that meet our customers' ever-changing needs.

"Providing safe air cargo transport for essential shipments has been a top priority since the pandemic began. While the entire air cargo industry has had its challenges, I'm proud of how United Cargo has adapted and thrived despite a significant reduction in network capacity and supply," said United Cargo President Jan Krems. "We remain committed to helping our customers make it through the pandemic, as well as to doing everything we can to be prepared for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution when the time comes."

Our entire team continues to prioritize moving critical shipments as part of our commitment to supporting the global supply chain. We've assembled a COVID readiness task team to ensure we have the right people in place and are preparing our airports as we get ready for the industry-wide effort that comes next.

In cooperation with our partners all over the world, United Cargo has helped transport nearly 145 million pounds of medical supplies to aid in the fight against COVID-19, using a combination of cargo-only flights and passenger flig­hts. To date, United Cargo has operated more than 6,300 cargo-only flights and has transported more than 213 million pounds of cargo worldwide.

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