Slightly less crowded than some of the other resorts on this list, Telluride offers one of the coolest skiing experiences in North America. Mountain Village is a beautiful and unique town with great restaurants like La Marmotte and tons of interesting cultural events throughout the year. With over 300 days of sunshine, no lift lines and fantastic terrain, Telluride offers a truly superior skiing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary “Tour Of The Mountain” the first day you arrive to learn your way around!
Offering 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is one of the top ski resorts in the world and the largest in Colorado. With terrain for every level of skier and incredible off-piste options, the mountain itself has nine peaks and one of the best ski schools in the country. The town is a place to see and be seen and make sure you check out Garfinkles for a great apres experience.
About 90 miles from the Denver International Airport, Keystone offers some of the best skiing around for beginner and intermediate skiers. The mountain itself offers three peaks with a lot of long groomed runs that you can carve on all day long. The yearly snowfall of 230 inches is a little less than some of the others on the list, but there is a ton of sunshine and over 3000 acres of skiable terrain.
A 6 hour drive from downtown San Francisco, Mammoth Mountain is a huge ski resort located in Eastern California. The mountain receives over 400 inches a year of snow, has 3500 acres of skiable terrain, over 300 days a year of sunshine and a top elevation over 11,000 feet. The surrounding town has a bunch of great dining and nightlife options, and its a good place for every level of skier.
Host to the 1960 Olympic games, Squaw Valley is a great option for all levels of skier and overlooks beautiful Lake Tahoe. Snowfall averages over 450 inches a year, which makes for one of the longest seasons in the country. With a 2800 ft vertical drop, great lodging options and a vibrant nightlife, Squaw Valley attracts visitors from all over the world.