Lucky for us, the groundhog saw his shadow this year – You know what that means? Six more weeks of winter and even more time for you to get out there and tear up your favorite mountain. We have put together a list of the Top 5 ski resorts in the US – based on the amount of snow, location, community and of course how amazing the runs are. So let’s get to it:
Jackson Hole (Wyoming) – This resort is all about the fresh powder, the amazing ski lift and the easy air travel to get here. There are 116 trails to choose from and once you pick your trail – jump on the most “beautiful ski life in North America”. The Jackson Hole Airport now welcomes direct flights from many airlines and is only a 35-minute drive to the resort.
Snowbird (Utah) – Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City, UT, the Cliff Lodge has lockers with air tubes that dry your boots and gloves every night. Which is needed as this resort is known for its consistent snow–it’s estimated that 500 inches of fresh snow is dropped here every year, making this the most reliable mountain resort in all of the United States.
Squaw Valley (California) – The Best Ski resort in California, hands down! Did you know that Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960? Let us break it down for you: six peaks and 33 lifts that spread across 3,600 acres, with a vast diversity of terrain – Hello, Lake Tahoe! There are 2 downfalls to this beautiful resort, though; The drive–you have to travel an hour from the airport–and the snow is heavy in moisture, which means it isn’t as light, making skiing just a little bit harder than that of Utah and Wyoming.
Vail (Colorado) – Vail Resorts is the largest of all ski resorts in North America. With 31 ski lifts, 193 trails and more than 5,000 acres of beautiful terrain – there is a little bit of something for everyone. Vail also has one of the best ski and snowboard schools plus you can buy a season pass which will get you into all of the Vail Resorts – that’s a steal. Just know that this is the place for all the Colorado locals as it is only an hour and 45 minutes from Denver, so there is a good chance that you’ll be skiing with the majority of Denver.
Stowe (Vermont) – We couldn’t forget the best skiing on the East Coast. This tiny little European village hosts 116 runs on only 485 acres. The majority of runs are for the intermediate skiers, but there are some hidden gems for those first timers as well. This is the only ski resort that is a certified-sustainable community, encompassing Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. This isn’t on the list for size, but definitely because of the community and location. It is only an hour drive from Burlington, Vermont and well worth it.
Now that you’ve read our Top 5 picks, book your flight and cabin, head to your favorite destination and enjoy the last of winter. Just don’t forget to take your LifeProof-protected device with you – And if you don’t have a Lifeproof case just yet, you might want to get one. You need to be able to tear up the runs and take pictures of your adventures along the way.