Get your winter sports fix at the best mountain resorts around the West
The gondola at Telluride Ski Resort ascends right from town to the ridgetop, with the Mountain Village great for sweeping
vistas and cruiser runs. The above-treeline Revelation Bowl is where to get jaw-dropping views.
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Admire the rising sun as you schuss down just-groomed runs. Then later, after most chairlifts close, take the Aerial Tram
weekends for après-ski—and skating. The ice pavilion is at High Camp, which means after a few spins on the ice, you can put
back a few pints before riding the tram back down the mountain.
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Once here, you can dine, shop, steam, dance, swim, and ice-skate your day away in the village. Oh, you came here to ski? The
ski staff at Sun Valley Resort is exceptionally good, with an all-star clan that includes a former Olympian.
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A heated chairlift shuttles warm and happy skiers up the mountain. Of course, that's hardly all there is to talk about at
the Canyons. Guests are impressed by five premium properties located at the base of the slopes, the excellent spa, and diverse
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Of Park City’s three area resorts, PCM is the only one you can get to from the cute house rentals and ultra-luxe inns that
line Main Street. Ski-boot-step from your door right over to the Town Lift, which will zip you up the mountain, where 3,300
of some of the West’s best skiiable acres await. It’s a great family mountain, too.
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People think this tough-to-get-to-mountain town is more about Prada than powder. But once you schuss out of your posh hotel
and right onto the slopes, it’s obvious that Aspen and Snowmass are skiers’ and snowboarders’ mountains—and t if you’re looking
for luxe touches in between runs, they're there.
Fresh Tracks, Whistler’s early-bird program, lets you ski the powder an hour before anyone else hits the slopes. Your early
entry also means you can be among the first each day to ride the resort’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
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At this Tahoe favorite, you'll find quality snowmaking and a daily lift ticket that gives you access to both Alpine and Squaw
Valley—and an interconnect through the backcountry, which means experienced skiers and boarders can schuss between both, without
hopping a shuttle.
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Almighty Alta has just seven lifts (and not much else) spread across 2,200 acres of heart-pumping hikes and narrow chutes,
chest-deep powder, and total lack of pretension. It's a resolutely uncorporate resort, where five no-frills lodges sleep 1,200
The family-owned resort’s remote location keeps skier visits to a quarter of what Colorado’s Vail gets, yet it still has its
own little village serving up everything from homemade tamales to grass-fed filet mignon.
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Baldy, as the locals call their beloved mountain, is known for its steep pitch and bone-dry powder. A gondola whisks folks
(in ski boots or Uggs) up to the 1939 Roundhouse for a civilized fireside lunch, complete with wine and live accordion.
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Views, views, views of Lake Tahoe’s hallowed blue waters are what Heavenly is known for. Well, that, and some of the best
terrain in the Sierra. This sprawling South Lake resort boasts 29 lifts and about 100 trails, from green-circle groomers to
epic experts-only chutes.
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Skiers-only (and proud of it), Deer Valley is brimming with elitism and Utah’s featherlight snow. A max of 7,500 tickets
are sold per day, which ensures solitary schussing; free overnight ski storage eases the burden of lugging; and the high-speed
quad helps you get in more runs.
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Mammoth Mountain attracts a mix of serious LA. skiers unfazed by the six-hour slog, requisite bunnies, and folks from all
over who fly in, with their sticks and snowboards, to Mammoth’s little airport for a taste of the Swiss Alps in the Eastern
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With a tag line of “Like nothing on Earth” (and lift tickets over $100), Vail Ski Resort has a lot to live up to. And, as
the largest ski resort in the U.S., with 5,000 acres, seven powder-filled back bowls, and almost guaranteed sunny, bluebird
days, it actually kind of does.
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Solitude has unbeliebably fast lifts with hardly any lines, so you can get in more runs. There are lift-served off-piste areas,
groomed Nordic trails, and one of the quirkiest perks of all: a heated Mongolian yurt for a restaurant.
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Get your ski bearings on a two-hour Mountain Welcome Tour (free with a lift ticket), led by resort guides. Once you get a
feel for the resort’s three mountains—Beaver Creek (the main mountain), Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead—explore the slopes and
the three distinct villages on your own.
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Between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, Bear Valley is literally at the end of the road: Caltrans stops plowing State 4 a couple
of miles past the village. Evenings are more about bottles of wine in front of crackling fires than fancy cocktails. And the
four-story granite fireplace in the rustic ski-in, 51-room Bear Valley Lodge is all the nightlife you’ll need.
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The numbers at Schweitzer speak for themselves: 2,900 skiable acres; 300+ inches of average annual snowfall; three terrain
parks; 92 runs, including a 2.4-mile continuous groomer; 20 miles of nordic trails; and the state’s only high-speed six-person
lift. Views from the top include three mountain ranges, three states, Canada, and 65-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille. Not only
that, lift lines are nearly nonexistent, and a ticket will set you back just $68. Nonskiers will love the free movies, guided
snowshoe hikes ($15), and on-mountain wine tastings (from $10) at Gourmandie. schweitzer.com
The family-run resort, 3 1/2 hours from both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, is the season’s best bargain: Everyone skis free on Thursdays in January, and California residents ski free all season. Since reopening in 2010 with new owners after being shuttered for eight years, the wonderfully remote Eagle Point has expanded its terrain and lodging, added slopeside hot tubs, and established its Outpost Grill as the area’s best restaurant. Tickets from $45; eaglepointresort.com