Famous for its Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It is also very close to Alta, another great ski destination in Utah. It’s sole aerial tram goes from an elevation of 8,100 feet to the summit of the mountain located at 11,000 feet to take families of skiers to Hidden Peak, and its longest run, the 2.5 mile Chip’s Run. The longest descent at this ski destination is called Gad Valley, which goes for about 3.5 miles. Snowbird receives about 500 inches of dry powder snow per year, which is ideal for skiing.
Aspen, Colorado, USA
Aspen is a city nestled in the White River National Forest, and is surrounded by the peaks of the Elk Mountain Range, located in the Rocky Mountains. It is home to seven different mountains, and is surrounded by 4 different Colorado rivers. Aspen is known for its high altitudes, and intense sunshine. Although its air has a tendency of being dry and of low humidity, it receives an annual snowfall of about 300 inches. Aspen Snowmass offers four ski resorts for travelers, which are covered on the same lift ticket, and accessible via a free shuttle. Snowmass also has a fantastic village at the base of the mountain.
Telluride, Colorado, USA
If you’re looking for a luxury ski destination, Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado is the perfect place for your trip. It is located at 9,500 feet, and contains an intimate alpine enclave Mountain Village, with various hotels, boutiques, and condominiums. It almost feels as if you’re in Europe! It is both a ski and snowboard destination, but visitors can also ice climb and snowshoe in the area. Telluride receives more than 300 inches of snow per year, and accommodates skiers of all levels with 24% of its terrain destined for beginners, and 38% destined for intermediate, as well as expert skiers and snowboarders.
Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America's greatest vertical at 1,713 meters. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base. It is located on Mount Mackenzie, between the jaw-dropping Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges, and bordering Mount Revelstoke National Park. Skiers can participate in other activities at the resort such as snowmobiling, paragliding, and even dogsledding! Skiers can receive one night of complimentary camping at the resort, but there are also hotels available to accommodate travelers.
Park City, Utah, USA
In Park City, Utah, you will find both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, which were official venues for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. The readers of SKI Magazine have consistently rated it as #1 in guest services among ski resorts in North America. Park City is home to over 400 miles of trails, and at the Deer Valley Resort, 27% of the ski runs are classified as beginner. Deer Valley is a destination strictly for skiing, which makes it exclusive and perfect for your winter ski trip! It is made up of 6 mountains, so variety is definitely a possibility at this ski destination!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
Located in the Tetons Mountains in the state of Wyoming, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski destination in the US, measuring just over 4,100 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain! (The other mountain at Jackson Hole being the Apres Vous.) The base elevation of the area is about 1900 meters; the top elevation is just about 3200 meters. The trails at Jackson Hole cater to all levels of skiers, half of which are dedicated to experts. Only 3% of the land in Jackson Hole is privately owned, meaning the rest of it belongs to the US National Parks and Forests!
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
Voted #1 overall ski resort in North America for 2017 by the readers of SKI Magazine, Whistler is the ultimate destination for skiers! Whistler is home to two mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, and is located in British Columbia, a few hours north of Vancouver in Canada. Whistler is the perfect location for epic skiing adventures, snowboarding, shopping, hiking, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and ski jumping. Both of its mountains measure just over 1500m high. For shopping, visitors can go to Whistler village, which is chalet-style, and located at the base of the mountains. It was also a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics!