What’s the Best Ski Resort in North America?

What’s the Best Ski Resort in North America?

When it comes to ski resorts, one thing we can agree on is that we won’t agree. Outside just named


When it comes to ski resorts, one thing we can agree on is that we won’t agree. Outside just named Squaw Valley the number one resort in North America (and put Whistler behind Vail!), while Conde Nast Traveler picked Telluride. Ski Magazine chose Deer Valley. Meanwhile, none of those resorts would make into my top five.

Of course, all those folks might be putting more emphasis on “resort,” while all I care about is “ski.” Lodging means little, amenities almost nothing. What matters in my world — and I would guess yours, too — is terrain, snow, vertical, and access to the backcountry. Period.

But that’s when the debate gets fun. Does the sheer size of Whistler and Blackcomb, along with immediate access to amazing O.B., trump the fact that their snow is too often maritime gack? Is the phenomenal snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon enough to make you look past the traversing at Alta and crowds at Snowbird? Does Jackson’s insane terrain make up for a short season and lower snow than Alta?

Every ski area has its strengths and every one has its weaknesses, and at the end of the discussion you’re going to lean toward what matters most — face shots per day, hucks per run, access gates per acre, whatever your favorite flavor. Which one do Adventure Journal readers prefer? Vote and let’s find out.


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  • Hotmann
    Reply

    Mt Baker gets my vote. Its local only feel, easy sidecountry access, and crazy amount of snow make it the perfect place to ski.

    • concretecrusher5
      Reply

      Baker SUCKS!!! they get no snow and its flat as hell. But you can still ride the sick park 😉
      if you want the best terrain NA just go to Whistler!!! Washington is for bozos!

  • Santiago
    Reply

    Crested Butte gets my vote, RIP Robert Bryson’s favorite place

  • joel
    Reply

    i haven’t been to enough to have great knowledge but i love crested butte!

  • Tony Fitzsimons
    Reply

    Have not been to all on the list, but Lake Louise thus far (in a good snow year) gets my vote

  • jeff
    Reply

    W-B! Terrain, both in-bounds and out-of-bounds is top notch, we get tons of snow (a lot of it quite dry and cold this winter), and a consistent stable snowpack means we can actually USE the snow and ride steep faces all season long.

  • Cam Watson
    Reply

    Red Mtn. is the best ski hill IMHO

  • Benjamin
    Reply

    Crystal has everything you could dream of.

  • Alec
    Reply

    Fernie!

  • Chris Mcpartland
    Reply

    Haven’t been to all but…. Targhee rules!

  • Bwdiles
    Reply

    Snowbird gets my vote

  • Eric
    Reply

    Alta. ‘Nuff said.
    Legendary terrain, by far the lightest powder in N.America, and plenty of it. You’re there to ski, not party, and that’s what Alta does best. Great overall vibe throughout the place, and I’ve never had a better apres beer than sitting with a mug on the deck at Alf’s, taking in all the beauty you just conquered.
    Anyone who says otherwise is a snowboarder.

  • Patrick
    Reply

    I’m saying vail, but I’m biased because that’s where I really learned to ski.

  • surferpete
    Reply

    Going to have to say squaw!

  • whispering
    Reply

    my favorite is not on the list and that is just the way I like it!

  • alta_tele_skier
    Reply

    ALTA-MECCA

  • Greg H.
    Reply

    The Boat is hard to beat.

  • Mike Duggan
    Reply

    Jay Peak not on the list for us east coasters?

  • Nick
    Reply

    Mt Baker hands down, lots of ski and very little resort

  • Matt
    Reply

    Steep and deep Jackson Hole!

  • jake
    Reply

    Whaleback all the way!

  • Leigh
    Reply

    I’ve always loved Steamboat and its delivered great snow.Off to try Fernie for three days and hoping for more of the epic powder they’ve had.

  • Josh
    Reply

    The Bird!

  • Kelly Gault
    Reply

    Most if not all would vote Revelstoke should they every go. Highly recommended for all those steep and deep lovers out there.

  • Utah Shred Chick
    Reply

    SNOWBIRD WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Cat
    Reply

    Jackson Jackson Jackson! Nobody does it like the J-Hole does it.

  • Jason
    Reply

    Has to be Jackson, of course, though it would be more interesting to rate the top 5. I would vote for Crystal Mountain as the most under-rated resort in the country.

  • Robbie
    Reply

    Kirkwood has always been a nice break from the hustle and bustle of many of the Tahoe mountains.

  • Craig Rowe
    Reply

    The free one.

    Wait … damn!

  • Jonathan
    Reply

    Well, i’m biased growing up there, but I have to vote Red Mountain or Whitewater.

    Also, no Lake Louise or Sunshine Village? Pretty sure those are both fairly major resorts and in North America.

  • Chase
    Reply

    Crystal Mountain might be the best under-hyped resort in N. America (unmatched in-bounds big mountain terrain and Mt. Rainier NP is the sidecountry…) but Whistler takes the cake for the top slot.

  • jamie
    Reply

    Jackson Hole all the way!

  • Francois
    Reply

    I live 10 minutes from Snowbird… so of course it’s the best.

  • Stu
    Reply

    Tough vote,I’m torn between Jackson,Baker,and the Bird….

  • Pancho
    Reply

    mt baker for sure

  • Adam K
    Reply

    Whistler/Blackcomb

  • Shidan Towfiq
    Reply

    Brighton isn’t on the list, but is also in Little Cottonwood Canyon and it gets my vote. Not as good as Whistler, but I prefer it over Snowbird.

  • Aidan
    Reply

    Stowe. Ski the East. Whistler/Blackcomb on the Wes

  • Hillary
    Reply

    JH!

  • Andy
    Reply

    Who cares? You can have ’em all while I ski the backcountry.

  • Jonatha
    Reply

    Love me some of that Whistler Blackcomb. Can’t ski there enough.

  • BK
    Reply

    WHISTLER WHISTLER WHISTLER!!!

  • Matt
    Reply

    Monarch Mountain was omitted from this list and that makes me sad…

  • dave downing
    Reply

    The one you’re skiing at.

    Enough “which is the best resort” polls…

  • diah
    Reply

    Whistler/Blackcomb in your face! :)

  • chris
    Reply

    vail. all the way

  • Luke
    Reply

    Gotta go with Vail, it is just high quality.

  • Christie
    Reply

    Whistler!!!

  • Nic
    Reply

    Whistler is the best. Whitefish Mtn Resort aka Big Mtn is awesome but not on the list…

  • Mark
    Reply

    I love the boat!!

  • James Turk
    Reply

    Drop, tuck and roll.

  • Renee
    Reply

    Whistler Blackcomb gets my vote. Terrain for days, all high speed quads, ski in – ski out lodging, and a great apres ski scene!

  • Jody Kaufman
    Reply

    Can’t say. Haven’t skied them all. I’m working on it.

  • Chris
    Reply

    Jackson Hole is always going to be the best resort…even though I live in SLC and have both canyons to choose from, I still make sure I get to JH at least once a year if I can. Nothing else really compares to the enormous variety of terrain to choose from, whatever you want to ski it has. Sorry Alta/Bird, Soli/Brighton, you guys are great but not the best.

  • Alex G
    Reply

    Whistler’s got Blackcomb, and Blackcomb’s got Whistler. That’s kind of a good package.

  • Jerri Wheatley
    Reply

    Steamboat has the best trees I’ve ever been in and there’s nothing quite like the champagne powder!!!

  • David
    Reply

    Sun Valley by far and away. Best amenities and no lines. Small town feel, yet with culture & restaurants galore. If you are a trout bum as well, there is an embarrassment of riches in terms of blue ribbon trout streams all within an hour. Hard to get to which keeps the masses at bay…

  • Tyler Carpenter
    Reply

    Gotta be Alta.
    Great terrain and the snow holds up better than any other area I’ve experienced. This area is impossible to get bored at. The groomed runs are windy and always fun while the off trail stuff allows your imagination to do the work.

  • Matt
    Reply

    Jackson Hole for sure

  • scott
    Reply

    whistler/blackcomb

  • Chris Mathias
    Reply

    Whistler/Blackcomb has it all

  • Lynnette
    Reply

    Why didn’t Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon make this list? Much more of a resort then Mt. Baker which was my home mountain years ago.

  • Chris
    Reply

    Crested Butte has that wild terrain, both in bounds an backcountry. The town has great vibes and the scenery is fantastic all year round, too.

  • Steven Threndyle (@threndyleski)
    Reply

    Once you hike up that Sub Peak at Revy and see those massive bowls open up, your jaw will hit the ground. The town is very cool, too. It is one place where the lower parts of the mountain can be as good as the upper area. Kicking Horse and Lake Louise are outstanding in ‘big snow’ years.

  • Leah B
    Reply

    Whistler/Blackcomb may have a lot of hype, but they’re the best for a reason! Love being up in Seventh Heaven on Blackcomb on a bluebird day. There’s nothing better!

  • Bill Becher
    Reply

    What about Taos

  • Joel
    Reply

    Snowbird

  • Arris Finkbeiner
    Reply

    Snowbird

  • Matt
    Reply

    Red Tram? Blue Tram?

  • matt davidson
    Reply

    Vail is definitely the best!

  • Josh D
    Reply

    Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Hands down.

  • Matt
    Reply

    crested butte

  • Adan
    Reply

    Yea, what about Taos?

  • Raphael Morin
    Reply

    Whistler’s is the overall best.

  • Mark Innocenti
    Reply

    Snowbird for me. Easy access to steep slopes, much less traversing than Alta. Reliably good snow! Drawback is backcountry access (better on the other side of the canyon).

  • Adrienne
    Reply

    If none of those make the top 5… which ones do? Neither of my CO favorites are in there (A-Basin & Wolf Creek), but I wonder if it’s because they’re not “resorts.” And there’s a bunch I haven’t skied yet, but am looking forward to in the coming seasons (Alta & Whistler being high on that list).

    And yes, for me snow and terrain are what make the place amazing (a good Bloody Mary doesn’t hurt either).

    • steve casimiro
      Reply

      Objectively (as objective as I can be):
      Whistler/Blackcomb
      Jackson Hole
      Snowbird
      Alta
      Five is too close to call…Mammoth, Squaw, Alpine, Highlands, Telluride, Silverton…

      Subjectively (voting strictly with my heart)
      Jackson Hole
      Alta
      Whistler/Blackcomb
      Snowbird

      Five is too close to call…there are about a dozen that make a solid claim for it.

  • prezzzie
    Reply

    It has to be Kicking Horse…..

  • Mary
    Reply

    Alta, all the way.

  • Kris P.
    Reply

    Jackson

  • Erick Billetdeaux
    Reply

    I’m so happy my favorite resort is not on the list! The less the crowd the better the day.

  • Rick Hunt
    Reply

    I grew up in Jackson/Wilson and was always under the impression that there were other ski areas far superior to Jackson. Squaw, Steamboat,Snowbird were in the movies but Jackson wasn’t. As I grew up and was able to travel and try out different areas, I quickly realized there is no place like HOME. Whistler Blackcomb is close but they still don’t have the Hobacks – 3000 vert of perfect pitch and fall-line not to mention Corbets, Tower three, Apres Vous…

  • spencer
    Reply

    My pick for the best ski resort in North America is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. It’s the Cowboy Powder, baby. So light and dry that even the Cowboys can ski it. Consisten light dry snow, unmathced backcountry access and less than 500,000 skier visits per year makes for great turns and lots of elbow room!

  • Tam
    Reply

    Grand Targhee…………….uncrowded and lots of snow to play in 😀

  • Justin
    Reply

    Gotta go with what I know and love best! Love Jackson Hole!!

  • dirk
    Reply

    comment

  • mike specian
    Reply

    Lot’s of awesome ski resorts in NA with each being special. Jackson just puts it all together in one package.

  • Bod
    Reply

    Jackson. No place like it. Never will be.

  • David D
    Reply

    Alpine Meadows because of the love I feel for it. A nostalgic sense that is more perception and memory than hard fact of a continuously changing place.
    I also wonder if more Canadian spot would make into the limelight if folks where to check it out. It seems that the Gods did create Canada to accommodate snow sport lovers.

  • D
    Reply

    Jackson no question

  • susan
    Reply

    sun valley!

  • Mat
    Reply

    Silverton. Because.

  • Nik
    Reply

    JH.

  • rick
    Reply

    For some reason, maybe luck, We’ve had the best snow at Steamboat,
    but Aspen Hylands would be right there too, never a bad day.

  • Brian
    Reply

    Of the 14 above I’ve been to, if you asked me which one would I go to right now? Baker!

  • Thomas
    Reply

    Telluride… Colorado. Best.

  • Pete
    Reply

    Jackson by far! They have as much snow as Alta so far this season.

  • joe
    Reply

    JH – the Wild West

  • Pendletd
    Reply

    Jay Peak!.. Ski the East! but I like Jackson Hole, Alta and Mt Bachelor..

  • Dan D
    Reply

    I love Baker, as I do just about any place that gets me up on snow with a shred-stick strapped on.
    However, for pure vertical adrenaline with consistently sweet snow, the Bird is the Word!

  • lilcolorado
    Reply

    I would have picked Wolf Creek in the Colorado San Juan’s but I suppose Crested Butte was the next best thing :)

  • David
    Reply

    Steamboat, but I’ve never been to JH.

  • Robert Bass
    Reply

    My vote was Snowbird, but my favorite wasn’t even on the short list . . . Snowbasin . . . manageable crowds, great terrain (especially on a powder day), and some challenging “through the gates lines” . . . and at the end of the day, one can chill in the base lodge with a brew and some food in a setting that exceeds Deer Valley.

  • Patrick
    Reply

    Alta!!

  • Jerome Javelina
    Reply

    Red Mountain/Whitewater – in a foreign country to you can drive to!

  • Anthony
    Reply

    Silverton for the tent lodge.

  • Eric
    Reply

    Although I voted for Alta, Jay Peak certainly deserves to be on this list also.
    It’s the best place to ski on the East Coast, and mostly unknown, no crowds, and Utah-like powder. The fact it gets as much snow in a year as most CO resorts, it can’t be underestimated.
    What other resort has it’s own proprietary weather system?
    Two words: Jay Cloud

  • Nick Lumby
    Reply

    Snowbird gets my vote.

  • MCR
    Reply

    Squaw. Also love Jackson and Whistler.

  • Parker Trevillian
    Reply

    Although I get some kind of injury every time I go there, I have to say Snowbird. 1st Its in Utah, home of the greatest snow on earth, 2nd covers a huge area, with both groomed parks and natural terrain for every style of rider, and 3rd a decent price in comparison to the other local large resorts.

  • Todd
    Reply

    Since Jay Peak isn’t an option, I choose Whistler/Blackcomb.

  • Dale
    Reply

    Whistler Blackcomb – Awesome terrain inbounds and great sidecountry/backcountry access. You don’t really spend much time in the mashed potatoes in the lower elevations and up in the alpine it’s pretty dry. You can also stay on the mountain fairly cheaply without dropping ridiculous cash as you would in most resorts in the US.

  • A-rod
    Reply

    Alta

  • Jake Lindorff
    Reply

    Alta is by far the best resort. Most snow, best terrain. Can’t complain.
    Greatest snow on earth!

  • Brian Warren
    Reply

    Jackson, yes.

  • Glenn
    Reply

    Whistler works

  • Mike Fennelly
    Reply

    I must win this!

  • Jeffrey Hagemeier
    Reply

    Telluride all day everyday

  • Hayden Beck
    Reply

    So close between Jackson hole and snowbird. Snowbird got the vote because it it closer to me.

  • Murph
    Reply

    Some buds and I have an annual Super Bowl ski trip, and every year when we discuss where to go, the “snow vs. terrain” debate comes up. I’m a snow guy so I’ll go to Alta any chance I get. I still haven’t made it to eastern BC, though, and those places sound kinda cool.

  • Craig
    Reply

    Everybody must want those glasses. I would vote for all of them in the spirit of winter fellowship & love…but since I can’t I’m picking Crystal since it’s the place I probably have the most hours and memories…and because I never expected you to have it on the list

  • Tina
    Reply

    Wherever I happen to be and the snow is good, but Silverton is pretty darn fun.

  • AJ
    Reply

    My first choice of Ski-Bowl (world’s biggest night ski park) was not on this list, so I went with the one with the best name: Beaver Creek.

  • Colin
    Reply

    Alta rocks!

  • C2e
    Reply

    1 vote for steamboat

  • Al
    Reply

    whichever one I’m at..MAMMOTH

  • Kyle Alhart
    Reply

    Bridger Bowl all the way

  • Waldo
    Reply

    Thank goodness you didn’t include the best kept secret in Colorado – Wolf Creek.

  • Craig
    Reply

    Revelstoke

  • Caroline Hauge
    Reply

    The combination of lift access to challenging terrain and an unbelievable footprint with killer back-country and a down to earth attitude….Crystal Mountain rocks this poll.

  • Chad Klansnic
    Reply

    Crystal Mountain all the way

  • Jared
    Reply

    Biased because I’ve only been to Crystal on this list. But I like Mission Ridge more.

  • austin smith
    Reply

    baker!

  • Vanonymous
    Reply

    Whistlerrrr

  • Eric
    Reply

    If there was a “coolest resort name” poll, Revelstoke would have to earn top honors.

  • Nelson Bautista
    Reply

    Alta & Snowbird gets my vote in terms of powder shots, steep & deep skiing. Nothing compares to the quality of snow…PERIOD.

  • Paul McNabb
    Reply

    Great Terrain

  • Karen
    Reply

    Stevens over Crystal for the snow and back mountain trails

  • Mitchell Long
    Reply

    my vote goes to whistler blackcomb because its simply the best!

  • Kari Wright
    Reply

    Love Crystal Mountain!

  • Ryan
    Reply

    Revy and LL

  • TK
    Reply

    JH for in and out of bounds

  • Ron
    Reply

    Vail

  • Tripp
    Reply

    If you didn’t vote for Revelstoke, it’s because you haven’t been there.

  • Elisabeth Kanyer
    Reply

    CRYSTAL

  • MikeC
    Reply

    Crystal Mt. gets my vote, I have been going there since I moved to the U.S. I love that mountain and every year I find some new area that I haven’t hit yet.

  • christian
    Reply

    Big sky. Because I was in the first public tram the day it opened, and lapped it all day, every day, for a week, with nobody but my 2 buddies and me to share it. Was back in my old stomping grounds last march, and its still uncrowded. And NOTHING compares to the headwaters in moonlight basin for in- bounds gnar. Skied almost every place on this list and big sky still uber alles!! They’re all spectacular, really. We’re very lucky indeed.

  • MT
    Reply

    Mt. Bachelor takes the cake, and it’s not even listed. Better snow than anything in the Pacific Northwest. Better prices. Fewer crowds. And the local accommodations (Bend, OR) have more microbrews on per capita than anywhere else I can think of!

  • Pete Whyte
    Reply

    Just got back from Whistler/Blackcomb…. LOVED IT!

  • Solomon
    Reply

    Crystal has amazing inbounds and you can lap the slack country tell close after killing it on the main resort trails. Sorry Baker I love you but long distance relationships never really work!

  • JH
    Reply

    Whistler Blackcomb.

  • Alison
    Reply

    Alyeska, then arctic valley, AK

  • Charlotte Lin
    Reply

    this is a tough one. just got back from Whistler-Blackcomb last night. live 75 in from Crystal, where our club has a 72-bed lodge.

  • Charlotte Lin
    Reply

    that’s 75 MILES from Crystal, which makes it pretty darn local.

  • ClimbinGal12
    Reply

    I vote Mt Baker because there is not a single Mt. Hood ski resort on the list. If Timberline was on the list, it would be my pick handsdown because it has the longest ski season in North America, very little resort, has several long lifts, and has the most gorgeous views from those lifts.

  • Jesse Fraser
    Reply

    Kicking Horse (steep and beautiful)

  • Mike Polodna
    Reply

    How can you beat Whistler/Blackcomb?

  • Mick
    Reply

    I named my son after Bridger Bowl, but I’ve never skied anywhere I didn’t like.

  • Kevin
    Reply

    Back bowls at Vail are the best I’ve ridden.

  • Alpentalic
    Reply

    Big white, haven’t been there in over a decade though.

  • Doug
    Reply

    Sun Valley. Best snow this year

  • zkhowes
    Reply

    My hometown resort Crystal is making a route. That said, I’d order them like so:

    1. Mt. Baker
    2. Jackson
    3. Crystal
    4. Whistler
    5. Alta

    That was tough to do but it’s a damn fine list.

  • nico
    Reply

    BRIDGER BOWL

  • colby
    Reply

    whoever has the most fresh

  • AK
    Reply

    Bring an extra pair of legs to Revelstoke! And shred away…

  • Peyotecoyote
    Reply

    Alpine meadows cuz I met my wife there.

  • Rob
    Reply

    I would have to say Mammoth. First up…the name can’t be beat. It has big vert, big snow, insane town feel, local scene, out of town but feel local scene, It’s a vortex of happy.

  • bcox
    Reply

    ooh man… it’s tough, but Big Sky sets the bar high. real high.

  • Jerry
    Reply

    Whistler takes it for me. Once you get a taste of the sheer size of the terrain, everything else just feels too small. Backcountry is also top notch. Sure we don’t get crazy dry champagne, but it still gets pretty cold, especially higher up!

  • Hector Galbraith
    Reply

    Im goin whistler blackcomb because it’s basically the largest, lots of extreme terrain, high lift volume, close to a major city, offers heli-skiing, big backcountry, has hosted all the big events + the olympics, great accomodations. The only downside is the price is expensive. All things considered i think whistler is still #1. + i’m from Canada so they get my vote.

  • JC
    Reply

    Stowe? No. Jay? Yes. #SkiTheEast

  • P Gould
    Reply

    How awesome that we don’t have to, in real life, be limited to just one…so many great spots but my faves are (5 faves…concur with Casimiro’s logic…one ain’t enough)…Crystal (best hill you’ve never been to and thanks for that), Whistler, Jackson, Alpine Meadows, and Vail/Steamboat/Mammoth/BigSky/Bridger/Targhee/Alta/Snowbird/Taos/Silverton/uh yeah…who’s idea WAS this?

  • Vince
    Reply

    You’d all say Revelstoke if you’ve ever been.

  • Jwei
    Reply

    Red eye into SLC, ski, then red eye out? Snowbird/Alta for the win

  • Sean Clark
    Reply

    Heading to Whistler for the first time on Thursday, so my favortie resort may be changing form Vail. I hope my legs and knees are ready for it!!

  • Jeremy
    Reply

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • George
    Reply

    Stowe!

  • Chris
    Reply

    Vail is great, but BC appeals even more.

  • Guido
    Reply

    Thank you for not putting Alpental on this list! Thank you, thank you!

  • Susie
    Reply

    ALTA

  • Lyle Enger
    Reply

    Crystal Mountain Washington has it all

  • Duane Roland
    Reply

    Go Go Crystal! 😀

  • Kiim
    Reply

    All the resorts that have a lift that goes from the bottom to the top for the full vertical are the best in the country, check it out, not that many do, most have 2 lifts to get to the top and some have 3!!

  • Steven Threndyle (@threndyleski)
    Reply

    Well, between Crystal, Baker, and Whistler we are certainly seeing which area of the country is down with the whole social media thang…

  • James English
    Reply

    How can Alta be that low, for skiers it doesn’t get any better. Greatest snow on earth, I have had the opportunity to ski in many places around the world, as has my family, and we all agree that Alta is the best. The terrain is great from beginners/little kids up to those looking for back country conditions.

  • Lisa Deaver
    Reply

    Stevens Pass is best, for length of season, days open, quantity & quality of snow, terrain, lack of crowds, etc. (but I still love Mission Ridge, lookout Pass, & Silver Mtn. too!)

  • milesb2009
    Reply

    Snowbird/Alta, for sure

  • Brad
    Reply

    Obviously Alta.

  • michael l muir
    Reply

    The best is any FREE
    Powder

  • evan
    Reply

    there’s a reason the FWT hits up snowbird every winter.

  • Todd
    Reply

    Jackson ask the way!

  • Matt
    Reply

    Mt. Baker!

  • Drew
    Reply

    Tough decision.. Lots of quality skiing

  • SnowJoe23
    Reply

    Uhhh… I’m sorry, but there is no way Crystal Mountain even compares with real ski mountains, if you can actually SKI anyway. It’s NO WHERE close to Snowbird, Alta, Big Sky, Jackson Hole. Whistler is fun but the snow quality just isn’t there (Jackson takes a back seat to Alta/Bird as well in the snow department, guess you could say the same about Squaw). Clearly the Crystal Mountain has been pushing the vote via Facebook. I’m sorry Crystal, but you are great for your area but wouldn’t even be able to exist if you had the same mountain with the same snow in Utah. Why isn’t Snowbasin on here? It’s like Jackson with better snow! If you want two amazing “local” treasures/almost secrets that pack a lot more awesome than there lack of fame would suggest, you have put Targhee and Powder Mountain at the top. C’mon folks, Crystal, Baker??? I know you have some heart strings tied to your local, hometown resort (mine would be Sun Valley) but go ski any of the above mentioned resorts and you’ll be embarrassed for ever voting a Northwest resort. If it’s any consolation, your seafood is much better! I will say, if Sun Valley had Alta’s snow, it would hands down be my #1. Steep, long runs with 0 run outs…. if only. Ski hard and stay safe folks!

  • Andrew
    Reply

    Snowbird for the win!!

  • bcbuse
    Reply

    Alta seemingly should be higher, but Alta and Snowbird are physically connected. Add them together and alta/bird is #1 in percentile. I can agree with that.

  • Sean Bold
    Reply

    Crystal is by far the best ski area in America. Awesome uphill transportation sick terrain and over 270″ of snow so far this year.

  • GOOG
    Reply

    Bird is the best I’ve seen consistently, I’m sure Alta would get my nod but they don’t let my kind in. Nelson, BC area has my “wish” vote though.

  • John
    Reply

    I’ll have to ski them all to be sure…

  • Rick Johnson
    Reply

    I voted for Vail, but if all of Aspen’s 4 areas are included it wins for me.

  • PK
    Reply

    much respect to the rest but Squaw is the best

  • Michael
    Reply

    jackson hole, for sure

  • Tom
    Reply

    Yeah, surprised to see Mt Bachelor didn’t even make the list of choices. Fine with me though if it stays off the radar…

  • Stephen
    Reply

    Monashee’s. Big terrain. No lift lines.

  • Andy
    Reply

    Thanks for making a checklist of places I need to go.

  • patrick
    Reply

    blue sky vail

  • Maggie
    Reply

    Mammoth

  • Hayduke
    Reply

    This poll makes me want to go ski.

  • Don Feltham
    Reply

    What about Mt Bachelor in Oregon? Tsk Tsk on missing the best unknown resort in NA

  • Alex
    Reply

    Crested Butte!

  • Greg
    Reply

    Revelstoke hands down. Everyone who choose a different ski resort has obviously never been to RMR.

  • Zach
    Reply

    Snowmass isn’t on here?

  • Leo
    Reply

    Rode Bachelor first time last month, waist deep pow and face shots for days made this Utah native proud of NW snow, so that was #1 then. Tomorrow Mt Hood Meadows on the agenda which makes that by far the best, Timberline on Friday so you know there’ll be no equal there…

    Love where you ride people.

  • Drew
    Reply

    I love Mammoth.

  • Patrick
    Reply

    I’ve skied at 19 of those listed.
    My faves are:
    Targhee – quality/quantity of snow; funky Driggs in the late 70s when I lived there
    Snowbird – ditto snow and slopes
    Alta – ditto snow and history
    Revelstoke – ditto snow and slopes, though most of my skiing around Revy has been in the backcountry.
    Guess you can see, my bias is towards deep high-quality snow.

  • John
    Reply

    Sun Valley Idaho is where it’s at! I love that mountain from the bottom of my heart.

  • Katie Schlicht
    Reply

    Where’s Baker?

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