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?
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