Andrew Wettengel / Thursday, December 7, 2017 / Categories: Featured Travel, Sports and Fitness, Work World, Travel


If you’re the type of nurse that craves excitement beyond what your day-to-day work responsibilities provide — and you know who you are — then you’ll naturally be drawn to assignments in locations that provide that thrill. And, during these winter months, that means skiing and snowboarding, right?

We thought so, and that's why today we're offering our top five states you should consider when hunting for assignments, any of which would allow you to get the adrenaline rush you crave both inside work and away from it.

* MONTANA. Accepting an assignment in the Bozeman area will leave you within striking distance of Big Sky, Montana, its lodges, restaurants and, of course, slopes. With four mountains and more than 5,800 acres of territory ready for you to explore, there’s enough here to fill your entire assignment.

* CALIFORNIA. The Golden State isn’t all oceans and beaches. Kirkwood and the rest of the Tahoe region are also amazing locations for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Kirkwood itself has several terrain parks and covers 2,300 acres.

* OREGON. Skiing in Oregon starts with Mount Hood, and snow falls on the eastern side’s Mount Hood Meadows in abundance. How much? Try 430 inches each year. Spread that across six unique terrain parks and there’s plenty of powder for you to shred all winter.

* IDAHO. Noticing a pattern yet? Yes, locations in the western half of the country are amazing for skiing and snowboarding. Idaho’s no different, especially if you’re headed to Sandpoint, Idaho, where Schweitzer covers 2,900 acres and features terrain for skiers and snowboarders of every skill level.

* UTAH. Last on our list, but certainly not least, is Utah. For many ski and snowboard enthusiasts it simply doesn’t get any better than the Beehive State and, specifically, the Park City area. Home to some of the nation’s most amazing ski resorts — and the 2002 Olympic Games — this area is a must-visit. It’s drivable from Salt Lake City and averages more than 340 inches of snowfall per year. What more could you ask for?

That’s our list; now it’s your turn. Let us know which states you want to visit this year during your travel nursing assignment.
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