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Top 10 Ski Resorts In The US

Top 10 Ski Resorts In The US

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What are the best ski resorts in the US?

  1. Vail
  2. Telluride
  3. Aspen Snowmass
  4. Park City Mountain
  5. Breckenridge
  6. Snowbird
  7. Stowe
  8. Jackson Hole
  9. Steamboat
  10. Whiteface Mountain

1. Vail

At the top of our list is the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado. Colorado is known for having some of the best ski resorts in the US and the Vail proves this theory. This resort has a lot of different types of terrain so all skiers and snowboarders can find something they enjoy.

Over half of the trails are meant for advanced skiers, so this is an especially great destination for those with lots of experience. However, all visitors can enjoy the shops and entertainment options in the cute village at the base of the mountain.

2. Telluride

Next is another great Colorado ski resort. Telluride also has a variety of trails that are suited for all different skill levels. However, Telluride has a bit more options for beginners with over half of its runs best for new or moderately experienced skiers or snowboarders.

Although it's great for beginners, advanced skiers can still find plenty of challenging runs throughout the resort. Extreme thrill seekers can take it to the next level by 'heli-skiing' where a helicopter drops them out of the top of the mountain. Ultimately, Telluride is a charming resort with many exciting trails worth exploring.

3. Aspen Snowmass

Aspen is one of the most popular ski resorts in the US and the world. Aspen Snowmass features four mountains that each have trails for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The resort is a favorite for celebrities and is known to be quite expensive for visitors.

This pricey resort has a lot of luxuries. The runs are actually very long with one of them even being 5.3 miles long. If that can't keep you busy, then visitors can find plenty to do in the town. Guests who are 21 or over will enjoy visiting the aprs-ski bars.

4. Park City Mountain Resort

For the fourth resort on our list we are finally branching out of Colorado, and for good reason. The Park City Mountain Resort in Utah is the largest ski resort in the US with over 7,000 acres of skiing territory. Due to its incredible size, this resort has plenty of options for all skiers but especially newer ones.

The town also has a lot of fun activities to keep visitors busy when they aren't on the slopes. It has a lot of history as it was an old mining town. Additionally, Salt Lake City is just an hour away for even more adventures.

5. Breckenridge

Back on the trend of incredible Colorado Ski Resorts is Breckenridge. This ski resort receives 30 feet of snow each year and due to the city's high elevation, the snow stays for a long time. This allows for great skiing conditions as well as a long skiing season.

The resort has plenty of awesome trails to keep all skill levels enthused. The thrillseekers will especially love the steep trails above the tree line. Skiers and snowboarders can reach these trails while using the highest chairlift in the US. This chairlift in Breckenridge reaches heights of 12,840 feet!

6. Snowbird

Snowbird Ski Resort is another resort located in Utah near Salt Lake City. Snowbird is only 45 minutes away from the city's airport. Snowbird is also nearby Alta, another ski resort, and users can get a special pass to ski at both resorts.

Snowbird has a lot of great aspects that make it earn its spot on this list. It receives over 40 feet of snow on average that make the beautiful Wasatch Valley even more stunning. The resort also has the only ski tunnel in North America so visitors can ski through the mountain.

7. Stowe

Number seven is one of the best resorts in the Northeast area. Stowe is located in Vermont about forty minutes away from Burlington. The 116 different trails are perfect for groups and families of all different skiing or snowboarding levels.

The resort is a very picturesque experience from the top of Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont, to the charming ski village at the base. The resort has lots of lodging options as well as great shops, restaurants, and entertainment options to explore after a long day on the slopes making it perfect for a family vacation.

8. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Another great skiing destination is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming. This resort is especially popular among extremely experienced skiers due to its incredible challenging runs like the double black diamond run, Corbet's Couloir. Of course, with over 100 trails there are plenty of other exciting runs.

The resort also has some pretty unique experiences such as a waffle restaurant accessible by the aerial tram. The town of Jackson is also quite interesting since it is a Western themed town. It's safe to say that after the challenging runs, visitors will find a lot to enjoy once on flatter terrain.

9. Steamboat

For our ninth resort we are coming back to Colorado for Steamboat Ski Resort. This is a great resort since it offers the same great runs as other Colorado resorts but it's a little more low-key than the other resorts. Visitors will have a lot quieter experiences due to the smaller crowds.

Steamboat attracts less crowds because it is farther from the main city of Denver. However, skiers will find the 3.5 hour drive to be worth it as they explore the 165 trails. Additionally, the extremely charming town and nearby hot springs will make it a perfect skiing getaway.

10. Whiteface Mountain

Our last top ten ski resort is another in the Northeast. Whiteface Mountain is located in the picturesque Lake Placid area of upstate New York. This resort is a bit smaller than the others mentioned but it contains a great variety of runs perfect for all different levels of skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to the great runs, the area also has lots of activities outside of skiing and snowboarding. Lake Placid actually hosted the 1980 Olympics so fans can visit the museum and imagine reliving the Miracle on Ice. There are other activities like ice skating and snowshoeing available as well.