Top 15 Ski Resorts

Get your winter sports fix at the best mountain resorts around the West.

Telluride Ski ResortTelluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride, CO
The gondola at Telluride Ski Resort ascends right from town to the ridgetop, with the Mountain Village great for sweeping vistas and cruiser runs. The above-treeline Revelation Bowl is where to get jaw-dropping views.
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Squaw Valley USASquaw Valley USA
Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe, CA

Admire the rising sun as you schuss down just-groomed runs. Then later, after most chairlifts close, take the Aerial Tram weekends for après-ski-and skating. The ice pavilion is at High Camp, which means after a few spins on the ice, you can put back a few pints before riding the tram back down the mountain.
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Sun Valley ResortSun Valley Resort
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, ID

Once here, you can dine, shop, steam, dance, swim, and ice-skate your day away in the village. Oh, you came here to ski? The ski staff at Sun Valley Resort is exceptionally good, with an all-star clan that includes a former Olympian.
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Canyons ResortCanyons Resort
Canyons Resort, Park City, UT

A heated chairlift shuttles warm and happy skiers up the mountain. Of course, that's hardly all there is to talk about at the Canyons. Guests are impressed by five premium properties located at the base of the slopes, the excellent spa, and diverse dining options.

Park City MountainPark City Mountain
Park City Mountain, Park City, UT
Of Park City's three area resorts, PCM is the only one you can get to from the cute house rentals and ultra-luxe inns that line Main Street. Ski-boot-step from your door right over to the Town Lift, which will zip you up the mountain, where 3,300 of some of the West's best skiiable acres await. It's a great family mountain, too.
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Aspen-Snowmass, Aspen, CO
People think this tough-to-get-to-mountain town is more about Prada than powder. But once you schuss out of your posh hotel and right onto the slopes, it's obvious that Aspen and Snowmass are skiers' and snowboarders' mountains--and if you're looking for luxe touches in between runs, they're there.

Whistler BlackcombWhistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, BC

Fresh Tracks, Whistler's early-bird program, lets you ski the powder an hour before anyone else hits the slopes. Your early entry also means you can be among the first each day to ride the resort's Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Alta, Alta, UT

Almighty Alta has just seven lifts (and not much else) spread across 2,200 acres of heart-pumping hikes and narrow chutes, chest-deep powder, and total lack of pretension. It's a resolutely uncorporate resort, where five no-frills lodges sleep 1,200 skiers, tops.

Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley
Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

The family-owned resort's remote location keeps skier visits to a quarter of what Colorado's Vail gets, yet it still has its own little village serving up everything from homemade tamales to grass-fed filet mignon.

Mammoth MountainMammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Mountain attracts a mix of serious LA. skiers unfazed by the six-hour slog, requisite bunnies, and folks from all over who fly in, with their sticks and snowboards, to Mammoth's little airport for a taste of the Swiss Alps in the Eastern Sierra.

Vail MountainVail Mountain
Vail Mountain, Vail, CO

With a tag line of "Like nothing on Earth" (and lift tickets over $100), Vail Ski Resort has a lot to live up to. And, as the largest ski resort in the U.S., with 5,000 acres, seven powder-filled back bowls, and almost guaranteed sunny, bluebird days, it actually kind of does.

Solitude Mountain ResortSolitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort, Solitude, UT

Solitude has unbeliebably fast lifts with hardly any lines, so you can get in more runs. There are lift-served off-piste areas, groomed Nordic trails, and one of the quirkiest perks of all: a heated Mongolian yurt for a restaurant.

Bear ValleyBear Valley
Bear Valley, Arnold, CA

Between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, Bear Valley is literally at the end of the road: Caltrans stops plowing State 4 a couple of miles past the village. Evenings are more about bottles of wine in front of crackling fires than fancy cocktails. And the four-story granite fireplace in the rustic ski-in, 51-room Bear Valley Lodge is all the nightlife you'll need.

Schweitzer MountainSchweitzer Mountain
Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, ID

The numbers at Schweitzer speak for themselves: 2,900 skiable acres; 300+ inches of average annual snowfall; three terrain parks; 92 runs, including a 2.4-mile continuous groomer; 20 miles of nordic trails; and the state's only high-speed six-person lift. Views from the top include three mountain ranges, three states, Canada, and 65-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille. Not only that, lift lines are nearly nonexistent, and a ticket will set you back just $68. Nonskiers will love the free movies, guided snowshoe hikes ($15), and on-mountain wine tastings (from $10) at Gourmandie.
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Eagle PointEagle Point
Eagle Point, Beaver, UT
The family-run resort, 3 1/2 hours from both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, is the season's best bargain: Everyone skis free on Thursdays in January, and California residents ski free all season. Since reopening in 2010 with new owners after being shuttered for eight years, the wonderfully remote Eagle Point has expanded its terrain and lodging, added slopeside hot tubs, and established its Outpost Grill as the area's best restaurant. Tickets from $45;
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