Best North American Ski Resorts

The US and Canada have hundreds of ski resorts that offer skiers everything from the miniscule Powderhouse Mill ski area in Maine, a scant 175′ elevation gain, to behemoths like Vail and Whistler. Each ski area offers unique skiing terrain, acreage, and type of skiing, as well as base area and town offerings. How can you find the best resort for you?


Steamboat Ski Resort

Early morning at Steamboat Ski Resort

Here is our Travel Specialist’s list of recommended Ski resorts based on interest:

Best Overall Resorts

Places that possess a balance of terrain for all types of skiers/riders, good base area amenities, and good average snow conditions.

Copper Mountain, Colorado; Mammoth Mountain, California; Grand Targhee, Wyoming; Park City, Utah

Best All Around Terrain

Locations that offer the best variety of terrain from expert to beginner.

Telluride, Colorado; Squaw Valley, California; Whistler, British Columbia

Best Beginner Terrain

Copper Mountain, Colorado; Sierra-at-Tahoe, California;

Best Intermediate Terrain

Snowmass, Colorado; Park City<, Utah;Revelstoke, British Columbia

Best Expert Terrain

Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Crested Butte, Colorado;Alyeska, Alaska

Best Extreme Terrain

Silverton Mountain, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming;Alyeska, Alaska

Best Tree Skiing

Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado

Most likely to find fresh powder

Wolf Creek, Colorado; Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Best Family /kids

Copper Mountain, Colorado; Snowmass, Colorado;Alyeska, Alaska

Best Apres & Nightlife

Vail, Colorado; Aspen, Colorado;Squaw Valley, Colorado