California tourism officials want tourists to realize that a destination seen as a haven for surfer dudes and dudettes is also home to skiers and ski opportunities that clearly have a gold tinge.
A Visit California event during Monday’s Discover America Day – an annual event promoting travel to the U.S. – in Toronto featured California skier Jonny Moseley as a speaker. Moseley’s resume includes winning a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
“People still don’t even know we can ski in California,” said Moseley, who added his state – known for its beach culture – has some 29 ski resorts, more than found in Vermont or Utah, states that have become somewhat synonymous with skiing in the United States.
Furthermore, three of the 10 largest ski resorts in North America are found in California, he added.
Moseley noted he’s one of a number of Californians to win Olympic skiing medals.
Moseley also said spring skiing in his state can extend well beyond spring, with,for instance, the Mammoth Mountain resort, found several hours from Los Angeles, having had an Aug. 6 closing date.
The adventurous Moseley also praised California for offering a host of other outdoor activities, activities he said in part are made available because of landscapes that include ocean and mountains.
Simply traveling to a California destination can itself be rewarding, he added. “Any time of year is really amazing for a road trip in California.”
Meanwhile, the affable Moseley invited those in the audience to hit the slopes with him when winter rolls around.
“I hope you guys will come and ski with me in Tahoe,” he said. “I’m not hard to find.”
In The Photo
Seen here are Moseley and Jenifer Montero, Visit California’s director of marketing for the Americas and Australia.