North American ski resorts have come a long way in the past few decades. They have grown significantly in size and many new resorts have been…
North American ski resorts have come a long way in the past few decades. They have grown significantly in size and many new resorts have been constructed. There’s a great variety of slopes here, several Olympic villages, numerous different mountain ranges suitable for skiing and snowboarding, celebrity rich resorts, back country hideouts, and much, much, more.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
"I’m talkin’ about a place where the beer flows like wine, where the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano." Of course we’re talking about Aspen. This legendary resort attracts celebrities and die-hard snow junkies alike who indulge in the idyllic services, posh village atmosphere, and 76 runs spread out on world class terrain. Want to escape the lines? Snowmass has 4,000-foot vertical peaks (the most in the country) and averages just 2 people per skiable acre year-round. That's over 3,332 feet of skiable terrain. Yes, please.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley draws an elite crowd, although not many others, to the remote 75 runs and five star amenities.
Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia
These once competing resorts have joined together for a combined 200 runs on a fine average of 100-inch base.
Park City, Utah
Park City, along with several other excellent resorts nearby, is home to some of the world’s best snow and therefore skiing. The powdery slopes, ridges, chutes, and back country trails were good enough for the Winter Olympics, so why not you?
Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California
Whichever resort you choose, Nevada’s Heavenly or California’s Squaw Valley, you won’t go wrong. Views of the cool blue lakes and the Olympic village are an added bonus.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The enormous Jackson Hole resort receives 459 inches of annual snow fall making it unlike anything you have ever seen. Outside of the 2,500 acres of skiing on two different mountains, there’s an additional 3,000 acres of backcountry terrain in Grand Teton National Park.
Lake Placid, New York
Site of 1980’s Miracle on Ice during the Winter Olympics plus luge rides, bob sledding tracks, ice skating, and the excellent resort complex of White Face Mountain.
Taos, New Mexico
It’s one of North America’s favorite resorts and more than half of Taos’ 110 runs are black diamond. Sadly, still no snowboarders allowed though.
Lake Louise, Alberta
Canada’s largest resort with 139 runs and 150 inches of annual snowfall is no laughing matter. World Cup events, glaciers, and ice skating adds to the mystique.
The largest resort on the Eastern half of the continent offers 200 runs, a wide range of terrain for the beginner to advanced enthusiasts, and a hard core string of bars and condos.