Our favorite ski resorts in North America—the best trails, lifts and lines, and spots for après-ski. Before you head out to hit the slopes, find out which mountains came out on top in the 2016-2017 winter season.
6) Jackson, Wyoming
While summer winds down in Wyoming, locals are starting to check the most recent ENSO updates like clockwork. Jackson Hole typically benefits from systems from both the north and south, making it mostly weather neutral. Jackson can expect steady, cold snowfall from the north.
Unlike Colorado's and Utah's clustered resorts, Jackson is isolated, sitting at the western reaches of Wyoming, America's 10th-biggest but least populous state, between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, near the Yellowstone national park, and the border with Idaho.
The Pass. It's a really great place to ride if you don't feel like paying for a lift ticket. You just drive up to the top of the Pass, hike up the hill, and there's 30-40 slopes you can ride back down to the road. Then you hitch-hike back up to the start.
5) Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs was originally a summer resort before it became known as Ski Town, USA® and renowned for its world class skiing and famed Champagne Powder®. Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities.
During January of this past year, Steamboat Springs looked more like Japan than Colorado and locals are hoping for more of the same . Look for the northern Colorado ski resort to receive the lion’s share of CO’s snow.
Steamboat's 6 peaks are filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary trees & Mavericks North America's longest superpipe. The term Champagne Powder was coined in Steamboat and this is the only place you’ll find it!
4) Grand Targhee, WY
With over 500 inches of snow per winter “from heaven, not hoses” (as their PR slogan goes), Grand Targhee is a powderhound’s dream. Many skiers are surprised to learn that Grand Targhee receives as much annual snowfall as places like Alta and Snowbird and almost 100 inches more than its famous neighbor just east of Teton Pass.
Like Jackson, Grand Targhee benefits from both northern and southern systems. But unlike Jackson, the ‘Ghee gets even more snow on its western slope year-in and year-out.
While Grand Targhee is often overshadowed by Jackson Hole, the incredible dryness and amount of snow it receives makes it a perfect choice for intermediates looking for an introduction to powder skiing or those who love to ski powder, but like to do so on more gentle terrain. Grand Targhee's wide open bowls are a great place to learn to ski deep snow.
3) Bridger Bowl, MT
Bridger Bowl is a unique ski resort in every sense of the word. This nonprofit ski area (since 1955) has been recognized for its sustainable business model while also being known as one of the best ski resorts in North America. Bridger Bowl offers a big mountain experience with a friendly local's vibe. With 4 new lifts and one new lodge built since 2008, Bridger Bowl offers a very modern and service friendly destination ski experience. Our newest two lifts and Alpine Cabin provide an exceptional experience for beginner/intermediate level skiers and snowboarders with over 500 acres of improved terrain access on the north side of our ski area. With lodging in nearby Bozeman, this area boasts the best value ski packages in North America!
This down home ski area had a slow but eventful season and locals are hoping for much more of the famed “cold smoke” . Either way, hiking to goods @BridgerBowl makes for some of the best resort-based adventure skiing in the lower 48. Just remember to bring your beacon.
2) Whistler, BC
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are a skier's dream destination, the ultimate in big mountain experiences. Over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks and 200+ marked trails. Whistler's ski and snowboard season runs November to May.
Whistler Blackcomb is a perennial favorite during La Niña winters. Also, people are looking to get in the last local season before Epic Pass holders invade by the thousands.
1) Big Sky, MT
THE BIGGEST SKIING IN AMERICA is the sensation of endless terrain where skiers come to leave crowds and traffic behind, lapping more than 5,800 skiable acres with hardly a wait on more than 300 runs. Big Sky Resort spans four mountains with seamless skiing.
With two crucial lifts being replaced this upcoming season, Big Sky is turning the corner as one of the premier resorts in North America. 28 lifts transport the guests, the winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 2,072 and 3,398 m. From Lone Peak’s big mountain lines to awesome tree skiing with nobody around, Montana’s biggest ski area is a throwback to how Jackson was 10 years ago.