Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America 2016

Just like the weather changes, so do the rankings for the top ski resorts in North America. We’ve made our inaugural list based on research of snowfall trends, good flight deals to get you there and some advice from tried and true ski bums and bunnies. Ready to start marking mountains to carve off your (ski) list? Keep reading!

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1.) Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Welcome to Wyoming. If this weren’t #1, you wouldn’t want to trust this list. With consistent snowfall averaging around 475” and a tram that takes you up 4,000 feet in about 9 minutes, the beautiful terrain and Grand Teton National Park nearby, this makes Jackson Hole our top pick as well.

2.) Snowbird, Utah – The Tram. It’s all about the tram. Did we mention the 3,240’ vertical drop? Enjoy Snowbird, you snowbirds!

3.) Squaw Valley Resort, Olympic Valley, California – This Californian peak might be a surprise to see on a “top 10 ski resorts” list, but that’s because it’s not the showy type. Its top elevation is 9,050’ and it’s known for fresh powder and a decent amount of sun. Where do we get lift tickets?

4.) Whistler-Blackcomb, B.C. – You don’t have to be a skier to have heard about this place. Even with varying levels of precipitation, you won’t be lacking things to do (or drink and eat) here.

5.) Park City, Utah – The newest information is in, and this is now the largest ski resort in the United States with 7,300 acres total. Depending on when you go, you may just catch the Sundance Film Festival while you’re at it.

6.) Vail, Colorado – Vail Village is probably just as popular as the skiing here. Worried about elevation sickness? Maybe Vail is a good pick for you – the base is lower than most Colorado resorts at 8,120 (compared to Breckenridge at 9,600’!)

7.) Grand Targhee, Wyoming – Another Wyoming ski resort makes the list. By all means go to Wyoming in the winter and visit this resort (or #1). The closest town is Driggs, Idaho that was once a modest small town. Now, you’ve got options for food, markets and hotels for everyone. Oh, did we mention the view of the Tetons?

8.) Mount Baker, Washington – Even though it doesn’t have the height of some of its North American ski resort rivals, this mountain has an amazing mixture of consistent deep snow (averaging a whopping 640”/year) AND less strict rules and regulations. Are you a responsible human? Then sure, hit up the backcountry and the more challenging terrain. Chances are, you won’t be stopped.

9.) Aspen Mountain, Highlands, Snowmass, Colorado – Since all three are owned by the same company and have the same lift tickets, we recommend experiencing all three (or four if you include Buttermilk) of these. Colorado at its finest!

10.) Telluride, Colorado – Something for everyone, beginner to advanced. The higher altitude keeps the snow dry and cold (the base is at 9,545’ and the highest skiers can go is 12,255’).

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Updated: December 23, 2015