Aside from being one of the most luxurious ski destinations in the world, Deer Valley offers a lot more than high end amenities for the rich and famous. There is a reason Utah is known for its "Champagne Powder", and the skiing at Deer Valley is some of the best around. Whether you are looking for groomed runs or great off-piste skiing, Deer Valley offers everything. In addition to the fun on the slopes, Deer Valley also boasts some of the nicest lodges with big fireplaces and delicious hot chocolate. After a long day skiing, head into Park City and enjoy great restaurants like Robert Redford’s Zoom or Riverhorse on Main.
Probably the most famous ski resort in the world, Aspen is synonymous with luxury and one of the best places to enjoy the snow. Come Christmas, Aspen is overrun with celebrities and offers some of the best shopping and dining for any ski town. If you are looking for a top place to stay, The Little Nell is the best in town. If you are looking for a deal, however, we recommend visiting somewhere else.
Consistently receiving the best snowfall in the United States, Alta offers the best skiing for the hardcore. About 40 minutes outside of Park City, we would recommend Alta for those who know what they are doing. There is a ton of off-piste terrain, but not very many “groomed” easy going runs. Alta is the place to go for those who want some of the best skiing in the world.
If you are looking for world class skiing on a budget, Breckenridge is the best option on this list. With five huge peaks spanning 2,908 acres, there is something for every level of skier at this mountain. Breckenridge is particularly great for families because there is a great ski school, and a ton of reasonable lodging options. Make sure you book early though, to have the best ski vacation possible.
Another place with truly amazing terrain, Jackson Hole offers some of the best skiing around. Steep runs, a 4140ft vertical (the highest in the US) and over 450 inches of annual snowfall makes Jackson one of the most popular places for expert skiers. In addition to the fun on the slopes, Teton Village has become one of the best premier ski-in/ski out options with four fantastic lodging options right by the Gondola.
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.