Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

Top 10 ski towns in the West

Whether you’re all about the hot toddies, Wild West saloons, or après-ski eats, we’ve got the place for you

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Park City snowshoes
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero

Easiest ski weekend: Park City, UT

Pick a flight and be on the ground by noon, where a sweet-as-pie Main Street mixes with some seriously fine dining (Grappa; Chimayo; the buzzy  High West Distillery & Saloon) and a swank L.A.–N.Y. celeb scene (hi, Paris) during Sundance.

Slopes: Three resorts, all within a 10-minute drive—Deer Valley, Park City Mountain, and the Canyons. But nothing beats awkward-ski-boot-stepping out of your hotel and onto the Town Lift chair; from Main Street to the summit of Park City Mountain (check the website for lift prices), it’s 18 minutes flat.

Sleeps: Staying on-mountain will cost you, like $845 at the new Montage, which is set to open midmountain at Deer Valley this month.

But if you plan on doing anything besides skiing, it’s more fun to stay in town. For just you and your sweetie, book a cozy room at the Washington School Inn (from $150). The Sky Lodge (from $500 through Dec 19, then from $900) is rich in amenities—with a rooftop cocktail lounge, soaking tubs in the spa, shuttle service on command, and sprawling, tricked-out suites that are great for groups.

Info: 37 miles from Salt Lake City Int’l Airport; parkcityinfo.com

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