Do the words "fresh powder" get your blood pumping? Is there nothing like a hot meal and a cold beer after a day on the slopes? Whether you're a skiing novice or a diamond pro, here are ten slopes you've got to hit:
Home of the oldest ski hill in Colorado, more Winter Olympians live here than in any other town in the US! If Olympians love Steamboat, it must be a great place to ski, right?
Breck is the real thing. In fact, it is consistently one of the most visited resorts in America! Access high alpine skiing with the Imperial Express SuperLift or ride the tallest ski lift on the continent and get dropped off at 12,480 ft. With unbeatable slopes and a famous bar and club scene, Breck is a real gem.
Alta is an American classic. Relax in the vintage, fixed double chairlifts – hey, after a few hours on these extraordinary steep slopes, you'll need to rest! Utah is famous for powder dumps that make Alta irresistible to skiers.
This is the newest luxury ski resort in Colorado. Sitting ten minutes to the west of Vail, this smaller resort is usually overlooked - and of course, that means fewer crowds than it's big sister resort. Beaver Creek runs are perfectly groomed, and the base village is pure luxury.
If you like rugged terrain, nothing beats Snowbird resort in Utah. Steeps and chutes, trees and bowls… Snowbird has some of the best terrain for expert shredders. The snow stays light and fresh with dustings of that famous Utah powder that comes in from the north.
For those skiers who like to throw some cross-country in the mix, we pick the Rendezvous Ski Trails. Set in West Yellowstone, Montana, this resort is home to the greatest cross-country ski festivals. Zig and zag through Rocky Mountain scenery with 22 miles of freshly groomed trails.
This ski town is iconic. In 70 years, Aspen Ski Resort has evolved, encompassing four separate areas (Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass) that are all linked by a shuttle system and accessible from a single ticket! If you've never been, go and visit one of the greatest ski towns in the world.
Vail, as the saying goes, is "Like Nothing Else On Earth." This is easily the most photographed resort in the US and attracts huge crowds! Many celebrities have charming winter mansions in the village below. However, this beauty comes with a price: Vail is the most expensive ski resort to visit in the US - you've been warned.
This resort in Wyoming is near the top of our list. It spoils visitors with colossal snowfall, modern lift networks and world-class terrain with breathtaking slopes and an easy-access wonderland of backcountry trails. There are cliffs, trees, groomers, bowls, chutes, and couloirs aplenty. Half of the mountain is rated for experts with 40% for intermediates and 10% beginner-friendly.
This may be the best place to ski in Colorado and may even be the best in America. The mountain has an average of over 300 in. snowfall annually and offers over 140 trails. Telluride is surrounded by views of the San Juan Mountain range that will take your breath away. The resort sits above an amazing Wild West-era town with great shops and restaurants.
Treat Yourself to a Ski Trip This Season
What's not to love about winter sports? Skiing and snowboarding take you to new heights (literally!) and hitting the slopes is a great way to burn calories. It's the perfect cure for cabin fever during the long winter months and can be enjoyed alone or with the whole family. What are you waiting for?