These top ski destinations offer diverse terrains with piles of snow that will satisfy the newbies and powder hounds in your posse.
Park City, Utah
The more snow, the better! This mirrors the buzz about Park City Mountain Resort and its merger with the Canyons resort, making it America’s largest ski area. Thanks to the Quicksilver Gondola and the numerous lifts that connect the two ski universes, enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of terrains with the option of being led by Peak to Peak tour guides. Skiers and boarders are responding in droves, tallying record visits – with the area being so vast that it takes an hour to venture across the total acreage. But nothing beats descending Quit’N Time down to the Main Street of historic Park City itself, where après awaits. First-timer? The base village has a brand-new beginner area complete with a covered lift. It’s one of the easiest destination resorts to access, with a travel time of only 35-40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. Also within easy reach are Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
This diamond-in-the-rough ski area is a little challenging to get to, but the extra travel is worth the effort. Skiers are rewarded with empty descents that dive a mile in vertical (the longest in North America) and majestic views of the Canadian Rockies. Three chairs access the resort, making it a choose-your-own-adventure experience, with lodgepole pines and powder stashes giving way to the Columbia River below. For the extra hearty, backcountry and Cat Skiing tours are available. 350 inches of British Columbia powder fall annually, and the best time to visit is in January and early February. Tired legs can easily find respite in any of the local watering holes, thanks to a shuttle that offers service from town to the ski area. Revelstoke is still a railroad and mining town that retains its local charm, but it has also begun evolving to cater to ski clientele. Snow enthusiasts can access Revelstoke via direct flights from Vancouver. The trip can also be combined with stops in Banff and Lake Louise.
Aspen has a mountain for every rider style. Off the beaten path of I-70, which keeps the crowds at bay, this old silver mining town is a playground for the rich and famous. Snowmass and its renovated base villages have a traditional ski-area feel with wide-open runs. It’s focused on family fun, with an excellent ski school, kid's activities and a new roller coaster for the 2017-18 season. Buttermilk offers a choice of terrains for the beginning skier, and with its X Games terrain, it attracts some of the best freestyle riders. Aspen Highlands, known as the “local’s mountain,” has steep tree stashes and a hearty bootpack up to the 12,392-foot Highland Bowl. The classic Aspen Mountain, a.k.a. Ajax, features steep terrain with all the runs leading back to the Silver Queen Gondola and the heart of town – where excellent après, shopping and nightlife await. Uphilling has become extremely popular in the valley, with each mountain allowing skinning and hiking uphill during certain times of the day.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Leading the charge of “best ski resorts” (with a record snowfall last year of 593 inches) is the cultural cowboy town and resort of Jackson Hole. With the addition of two new lifts and increased run development, it has answered the call for more intermediate skiing to balance out its world-famous steeps and couloirs. The Teton and the Sweetwater Gondola carries shredders up to the mountain-top Casper restaurant, where the food and social scene are on the rise. Visitors appreciate the Old West feel. Over the pass in Driggs, Idaho, and not to be missed, is the powder mecca Grand Targhee, which averages over 500 inches of snow every year. At the base of the mountain is the Caldera House, a new one-stop shop for housing, technical needs, events and fine dining.
Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky Resort is off the beaten path, just the way many skiers like it. The mammoth area encompasses the old Moonlight Basin Ski Resort, creating 5,750 acres of terrain. The size of the resort allows for full days of powder-hunting and terrain skiing. While the majority of runs are designed for intermediate skiers, there are also more challenging trails – like the double black diamond Big Couloir, which is for the adventuresome expert. The town is anchored around the Summit at Big Sky, with an increasing variety of lodging and dining options available. The resort also shares a border with the exclusive Yellowstone Club, a private residential ski community. Skiers access Big Sky via the thriving college town of Bozeman and its unique ski area, Bridger Bowl. Definitely worth a visit!
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