At last! The winter sports season is finally here and our favorite ski and snowboard resorts are gearing up for opening day.
In this article, we take an in-depth look at 10 of the best resorts for skiing and snowboarding in North America and showcase their unique features and why they provide a top-notch experience.
Photo courtesy of Mitch Winton at Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler Blackcomb Holdings.
Receiving more than 400 inches of snow each year, Whistler and Blackcomb are adjacent mountains that offer some amazingly beautiful terrain with over 200 combined runs and more than a dozen alpine bowls.
Whistler Blackcomb shows its true nature with its sheer size. The expansive mountain and ski village manage 2 million visitors annually on its 8,000 acre range. This enormous resort offers plenty to ski for all levels of skiers to enjoy. Whether you’re green behind the ears, a seasoned skier or have powdered snow in your veins, Whistler Blackcomb will NOT leave you wanting, only craving more. With long lift lines very uncommon, Whistler boasts plenty of express lifts to endless trails, bowls, chutes and mogul runs.
November 24, 2016 is opening day at Whistler Blackcomb. This resort enjoys a relatively long season that runs until April 23, 2017 at Whistler and May 22, 2017 at Blackcomb.
There are some new and exciting things happening here for the 2016/2017 ski season, including improvements to Whistler’s learning areas, upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge patio on Whistler, two new CAN-SKI stores, the opening of Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Restaurant, and grooming fleet upgrades. Whistler Blackcomb grooms an impressive average of 1,300 acres each night during the winter!
For an especially epic experience, try Whistler heli-skiing, which gives you access to 432,000 acres of exclusive terrain with 173 glaciers and 475 runs. Nearby Garibaldi Provincial Park offers some great backcountry skiing opportunities as well.
To handle their popular tourist season, the Village at the base of the mountains acts as the heart of the region, as guests gather for much deserved dining, drinking, and unwinding after a day on the slopes (we hear the Rim Rock Café and Grill & Vine are both top notch). The town is peppered with hundreds of shops and restaurants of varying types, ranging from boutique stores, gourmet restaurants, to more wallet friendly fronts and deliciously greasy burger joints.
Additionally, the size of the mountain resort and village allows for some incredibly unique festivals you may not find in more compact resort villages. The resort prides itself on being LBGT friendly and perhaps the most famous event in Whistler territory is the annual Whistler Pride Parade, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around. Where better to celebrate and show your pride than at the biggest pride and ski festival in North America?
There are accommodations here for every budget, including luxury hotels, ski in/ski out condos, townhouses, and private homes. To reach Whistler Blackcomb, fly into Vancouver, and then the drive to the slopes is less than two hours.
Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort
You’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as you roll into town and take in the stunning scenery of Telluride, Colorado. Escape from the hustle and bustle of larger mountain resorts and take refuge in this small and iconic ski village. Nestled in the San Juan Mountain Valley with an impressive mountain draped in beautiful trails, Telluride offers an organic ski experience along with the necessary amenities, dining experiences and powder one would hope to find at a larger luxury resort.
Fun Fact: Telluride is home to the first bank Butch Cassidy robbed in the late 1800s.
At Telluride lift lines and crowded slopes are noticeably non-existent. You’ll find a mixture of quality terrain suited for all skill levels, even beginners can ride to the highest peaks and safely enjoy the high-altitude terrain. Adult lift tickets for a single day range from $86 to $129 depending on the time of year.
Opening day is November 24, 2016 and ski season will run through April 2, 2017. The mountain is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. There’s a ski and snowboard school that offers private lessons and even snow biking lessons and rentals.
On average, Telluride gets more snow than Aspen, but less than Vail. The ski season here is generally long and extends well into mid-spring, thanks to its north-facing terrain and ultra-high elevation. Mountain Village sits at about 9,545 feet. This is where much of the lodging is at Telluride, which is on a plateau above the resort at the mid-mountain level.
Fun Fact: A ranch outside of town was used in the filming of Quentin Tarentino’s most recent film – The Hateful Eight.
To get here, you can fly into the regional Montrose Airport, which is about 75 minutes away by car. Keep in mind that Telluride is in a remote part of southwest Colorado and at least a six-hour drive from Denver. Lodging options to consider include the Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Telluride Resort Lodging, the Inn at Lost Creek, and the Peaks Resort & Spa.
All in all, where Telluride leaves its mark, is with its culture and its size. While the luxury amenities you would commonly find at high-end ski resorts are ever present, the streets exude a sense of familiarity with bike shops, pizza parlors and charming boutique stores that mirror the sentiment of the mountain.
Photo Courtesy of Justin Olsen and Park City Mountain Resort
Rivaling Canada’s Whistler Mountain Resort, is Utah’s Park City Resort, which just recently merged with the Canyons Ski Resort to nearly double its vast size to 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.
Known for the family-friendly design of both the mountain and the amenities at the mountain’s base, while the mountains certainly host their fair share of bowls and black diamond trails, Park City also tends to focus most of its slopes around the intermediate (blue square trails), which opens their slopes to casual skiers. Additionally, the wide powdered trails attract snowboarders significantly more than a mountain who tends to have sculpted chutes and narrow mogul runs. At Park City, you’re more likely to find multiple terrain parks with over 120 features and more than 20 jumps to try for yourself.
Park City sees about 355 inches of snowfall each year, and the mountain rises from a base elevation of 6,800 feet to a summit elevation of 3,200 feet. There are actually 17 mountain peaks here, and the 2016/2017 season runs from November 18, 2016 to April 16, 2017. Night skiing is also offered on select lifts, where temperatures typically range from a 24 to 33 degrees Fahrenheit, so come prepared!
Foodies love this place, as do the Hollywood elite because the Sundance Film Festival takes place here each January. As the resort continues to grow, the breadth of its luxury hotels, restaurants and other features continue to expand in tandem. An example being, the new luxury hotel, Main and Sky, which is conveniently situated minutes from the famous 50 year old main street lift that will take you straight from the town to the mountain.
The town, where many of the Victorian style building remain standing and in use, was originally founded as a hot bed for silver mining and was built atop miles of mine rails and tunnels. Park City has done a fantastic job of maintaining and preserving its historic roots as it continues to grow and transform its ski resorts into what might be dubbed the most luxurious in the country.
If you visit between December 17, 2016 and January 1, 2017 you can celebrate the holidays at Snowfest, a 16-day festival with live entertainers, music, and even a New Year’s celebration.
Photo courtesy of ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid.
If you’re looking for the biggest vertical drop in the East, then look no further than Whiteface Mountain. This just goes to show that not all of the epic slopes are in the West.
“If I got to choose a coast I got to choose the East” – Biggie Smalls
If you’re coming from either New York City or Boston, you’ve got about a five-hour drive ahead of you.
Rising above the town of Lake Placid, New York, Whiteface has a vertical rise of 3,430 feet and 288 acres of terrain in the Adirondack Mountains. The area gets about 200 inches of snowfall each year, with 86 trails stretching over 22 miles.
Boasting the tallest mountains in the East, this resort in the Adirondacks has hosted nearly 60 years of world-class skiing with the Olympic training facilities and the site of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games to prove it. With more than 85 trails and approximately 35 earning the rating of expert; Whiteface asserts itself as the dominant ski destination in the East while regularly hosting new and beginner skiers throughout the season.
Editor’s Note: If you know what you’re doing, make sure to try the off-piste Whiteface Slides, which are steep and narrow, but safe to try if you have some experience under your belt.
To further assert itself as the winter sports capital of the world, Whiteface’s twin lakes including, Mirror Lake and Lake Placid offer a variety of winter sports, including snowshoeing, pond hockey, dogsledding and more. Unlike most resorts, Whiteface serves up a unique experience where guests can seamlessly interact with the regions incredible natural amenities. This is a ski resort that puts the environment first by powering its entire operations with 100 percent renewable energy last ski season.
Fun Fact: Whiteface is currently installing a 2.6 megawatt solar plant to remain energy sufficient for seasons to come.
One of the more iconic days to ski here will be December 11, 2016 which is the day you can dress up as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus and ski or ride for free all day. Alternatively, you can bring a gently used coat or new toy to donate on this day and get half off your lift ticket. A normal single-day pass will run adults $92 during peak season and $64 during the early and late seasons.
At the base of the mountain Whiteface features a wide range of restaurants and hotels and B&Bs for all budgets. We hear Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Brewing Company is the place to grab a beer and reward that appetite you’ve earned on the mountain.
When planning your trip, you’ll find that the bulk of this skiing community is surrounded by lively nighttime events, open mic nights and concerts. If you’re more of the introverted type, consider visiting the Place Theatre which opened its doors 90 years ago and will transport you back in time with its timeless architecture and classic design.
Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley.
Think New Mexico is all desert and scenes from Breaking Bad? Then think again because one of the top ski resorts in the country is located right here in Taos.
Taos is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the northern part of the state and has a ski resort known for its steep chutes, light and dry powder, and tree glades. The area sees around 300 inches of snow per year. Although most of the terrain is at the advanced/expert level, still around half of the runs are suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers and boarders too. You’ll find around 1,294 acres of terrain to ski here, and there’s an excellent ski school onsite if you’d like to take a lesson.
Ski season begins on November 24, 2016 this year, and hours of operation run from 9am to 4pm. Maxie’s Terrain Park is a great place to try some tricks with a new layout of exciting lines. To add some pure adventure into your Taos trip, hike with your skis to terrain that is still somewhat of a mystery. West Basin Ridge, Highline Ridge, and Kachina Peak are great places to hike for more remote skiing.
A single regular day lift ticket will cost adults $98, but if you’re a senior 80 or older or a child six or under, you ski free. You can also ski a half day at Taos by starting or ending at 12:30pm.
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley is the premier lodging property here, and it’s an 80-room lodge that touches on the true soul and culture of New Mexico. It’s due to open this winter and provide ski-in/ski-out access to Lift 1. When you book a stay here, you’ll be able to take advantage of the spa and wellness center and dine on traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine at 192 at The Blake. Airport shuttle service is provided daily and year-around to the airports in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.
Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Jackson Hole is a mecca for experienced skiers, so if you’re a true beginner, you might want to choose one of the other awesome resorts on this list (both Park City and Taos are well known for their ski schools). Fifty percent of the runs are expert, with 40 percent intermediate and 10 percent beginner.
While its bountiful powder and premier trails have been popular for ages, Jackson Hole has been making a concerted effort over the last decade to be more than the expert hotspot for skiers. Their efforts have greatly rewarded skiers everywhere with the development of stellar dining options, and an increased level of accessibility as more airlines have begun to offer frequent non-stop flights here.
This resort is in Teton Village, which is 12 miles northwest of Jackson, and it’s a 36-mile drive from the Jackson Airport. Today, the airport gets non-stop service through American and Delta Airlines from 12 cities. It’s a five-hour drive from Salt Lake City and eight hours from Denver.
Recent years at Jackson have seen over 300 inches of snow, which is over 100 more inches than some of the resorts in Colorado. Come here to discover 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain, a 4,139-foot vertical drop, an open backcountry gate system to access over 3,000 acres, and 133 named trails on the map.
Teton Village and Jackson have a little bit of everything for everyone, with luxury lodges and a fun après-ski scene, shredders, ski bums and snow bunnies alike are all welcome. Jackson Hole Resort Lodging offers vacation rental homes and condos at the base of the mountain and at The Aspens and Teton Pines. This is a great way to experience mountain charm and luxury lodging, especially if you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends.
Other snow activities to check out while in the Jackson Hole area are snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and winter bike tours. Craft beer and spirit lovers will certainly enjoy this skiing area because the brewery and distillery scene is booming. Snake River Brewing has all the craft beer one could dream of with plenty of options to appease any beer connoisseur. For the folks who feel deserving of something a bit stronger, we can guarantee, Wyoming Whiskey’s distillery in Jackson Hole will get you to where you need to be.
Some of the coolest amenities about the Jackson Hole Resort are the views and dining options atop Rendezvous Mountain. Make sure to hitch a ride on the Bridger Gondola and climb to 10,000+ feet above sea level to the reach the Piste Mountain Bistro where you can order from a selection of seasonal dishes made in part with local sources. The menu is American Traditional with some of the best daily customized comfort food like mac & cheese, buffalo sliders, or their unique Idaho Potato Gnocchi.
If you are looking to be a part of something bigger than all this luxury resort already has to offer, the Yellowstone Ski Festival should be enticing enough as it is celebrating over 30 years of the start of the Nordic ski season. Located in West Yellowstone about 2+ hours away the festival kickoffs Tuesday, November 22, 2016 and ends Saturday, November 26, 2016. The best cross country skiers from North America and around the world will compete, teach, and showcase in this annual event. Novices can have a chance to learn with the best in Nordic skiing clinics coached by lifelong skiers and former Olympic athletes. With a full week of all you can ski conferences, sessions and events, the Yellowstone Ski Festival aims to satisfy the hearts and minds of even the biggest powder heads.
All in all, it is safe to say there is no reason not to give Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons a try. If you still need more convincing, the resort is open from November 24 through April 9. In case you didn’t feel like counting, that’s 137 days of potential skiing, which will mark the longest open season in Jackson Hole’s history. That means if you can’t make it to the cowboy state this winter, Jackson Hole will still be well equipped to welcome you with open arms in March and April. Besides who doesn’t love Spring skiing?
Photo courtesy of Eric Frigon and Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Lesser known in the United States, but as impressive as any resort on our list, Lake Louise is in the heart of Canadian Rockies and has 4,200 skiable acres of terrain ready and waiting for you. This is one of the largest resorts in North America, with lots of steep slopes, off-piste adventures, and more terrain than you could ever hope to ski in a week. To be more specific, there are 145 marked runs and back bowls, 10 lifts, and the vertical rise is 3,250 feet, and for those skiers looking for a little more air during their time on the mountain, the Showtime Terrain Park is among the largest in Western Canada and has lines for all skill levels to try.
The trail set up at Lake Louise is perfect for families or groups of friends with varying skiing abilities, as every chair lift on the mountains has a green run (an easy run) to get back down, making riding up as a group and meeting for the next run a fun experience for everyone in your party.
Alternatively, Lake Louise boasts plenty of winter adventures for the members of your crew that are not so vertically inclined. Non-skiing companions can partake in winter trekking, tubing, ice skating, and dog sledding while you’re shredding powder and taking in the amazing views from the top of the mountain.
Booking a snowshoe sightseeing tour (suitable for anyone over age eight) is a great way for the non-skiers, envious of your top-of-mountain experience, to see all that Banff Mountain’s peaks have to offer. For a more subdued activity, Sunny Tube Park is a great off-day snow sport that’s guaranteed to make you see sledding in a whole new light.
The SnowDays Festival, taking place January 13th through February 5th is a month-long festival in Lake Louise, just 40 minutes away. The festival features ice skating, ice carving, an ice bar, and other ice curiosities, including an ice fire pit. Visit the beer garden during the SnowDays festival to sample local craft beers from the Banff Ave Brewing Co. who offer locally brewed seasonal beers from creamy ales to black pilsners.
Fun Fact: Banff Brewing Co. seasonal beers are all made from glacial water
The Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival takes from January 19, 2017 to January 29, 2017 and features ice carvers and sculptors in teams competing to create incredible works of ice art. Watch as these unimaginable artists, like ice carving champion Burr Rasmussen, turn blocks of ice into intricate statues before your eyes.
On February 3rd through February 5, 2017, the Big Bear competition lets you watch some of coolest snowboard and ski tricksters in the area. Downtown Branff is transformed into a stunt park for kids and adults to watch, participate, and win prizes.
Finally, probably the greatest aspect about this resort, especially if you are anxious to get out there (we certainly include ourselves in this category) is that you can start skiing earlier than pretty much anywhere else. That’s right, the slopes are already open and have been since November 10,2016. So, grab your gear and your plane ticket, and go visit the great white north!
Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort
Never been to Idaho before? Experience it for yourself by planning a ski trip to Sun Valley! Sun Valley’s terrain is favorable for all levels of skiers with great trails for beginners, but with over 3,400 vertical feet and more than 2,000 acres of varied terrain and a large super pipe.
The resort is decorated with an abundance of sports memorabilia and prides itself on being the birthplace of destination skiing having opened its gates 80 years ago.
The big mountain here is called Bald Mountain (Baldy) and it’s all downhill with no flats or plateaus. Although this mountain is best for people who like to go down fast, there are runs for both experts and beginners. Dollar Mountain is home to the very first chairlift in the world, but now it also has 76 rails, five lifts, and a 22-foot super pipe. Like Telluride, Sun Valley is an ideal resort to come to if you hate waiting in line for lifts as the resort remains a fairly well kept secret in the sport. Sun Valley, typically attracts lifelong skiers and snow sport lovers while the bigger resorts attract more mainstream athletes.
Be sure to check out the many non-skiing activities available to guests including ice skating, sleigh rides, swimming, bowling and even movie viewings in the 1937 Opera Houses, 340-seat theater. The Spa at Sun Valley is the perfect place to rejuvenate those sore muscles with a massage, body treatment, or acupuncture and to ensure you never miss a beat on your Idahoan ski vacation.
Come by this December and celebrate Christmas in Sun Valley all day every day throughout the entire month with traditional festive activities perfect for families and friends of all ages. Watch Santa come to town on the back of a fire truck during the Ketchum Tree Lighting Ceremony, and cozy up with you loved ones with some delicious hot cocoa or cider and cookies for all to enjoy.
If you are looking for more even more Christmas festivities, the Sun Valley Nutcracker on Ice Show and Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade on December 24, 2016 is a combination of the Sun Valley’s great Christmas Eve celebration. Watch the ice revival of a classic Christmas musical and later witness skiers come down the mountain with torches in a dramatic and beautiful light show ending with a grand firework display.
With these great winter festivities and events, Sun Valley has not only made a name for itself as a holiday ski destination but has been making incredible childhood and family memories by providing an unforgettably unique experience.
Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort
For a European feel in the heart of Vermont, don’t miss the Stowe Mountain Resort, which draws an international and eclectic crowd of all skill levels. Mount Mansfield’s summit elevation is 4,395 feet, with a skiing elevation max of 3,625 feet and a vertical drop of 2,360 feet. This part of Vermont gets about 314 inches of snowfall each year, and there are 485 acres of skiable terrain to take advantage of all that snow.
However, it should be noted that most of the trails here cater to intermediate and advanced skiers. The National, Nosedive, Star, and Goat are legendary runs to look for, and there are a few terrain parks to test your skills as well. There are 12 lifts here, but more mile-long ones than anywhere else in the East.
Opening day this year is scheduled for November 19, 2016 (weather permitting) and the area has already received its first significant snowfall of the season. To switch it up, there’s a Nordic center here with groomed trails and backcountry terrain that’ll really give you a new appreciation for the Vermont landscape in winter.
To make a weekend out of it, stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. One perk of staying here is that you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend behind. The lodge even provides dog beds, bowls, and treats, as well as walking services while you’re busy out on the slopes. Stowe Mountain Lodge is a 312-room hotel and spa that is one of the most eco-friendly and luxurious resort accommodations you’ll find anywhere in the world. There’s also a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak, so check the resort’s events calendar for your dates to see what’s going on.
The Cliff House restaurant at the top of the Gondola offers amazing views, and the Pantry is the place to come for craft beer. Other drinking and dining options here include Hourglass for signature cocktails and rare wines, the Solstice Restaurant for fresh and organic dishes, and the Great Room Grill and Spruce Bar at the new Spruce Camp Base Lodge for homemade breakfast, lunch, and après-ski fare.
Laughing Moon Chocolates' Homemade Candy Cane demonstrations runs from December 2, 2016 to December 25, 2016 and is quickly becoming a Vermont tradition. Free to watch or be more daring and make you own candy canes for $6 per person. Handcrafted chocolates and candies are a Laughing Moon Chocolates tradition which combines locally made products, environmentally friendly packaging, and great tasting candies.
Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
The second resort on our list to host a winter Olympics, Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, so if it challenges Olympic athletes, chances are you’ll find a challenge or two here as well. This is a great resort for all skill levels and one that surprisingly doesn’t feel crowded even when the parking lot is packed with cars. This is probably because Squaw Valley‘s terrain includes over 6,000 skiable acres. That is plenty of snow for everyone! Additionally Squaw Valley opens its gates for all levels of skiers, not just for Olympians, with over 65 percent of the runs being rated as beginner and intermediate terrain.
This resort enjoys one of the longer seasons on our list with their lifts running as early as November 11th and allowing skiers up and down its mountain peaks through mid-May.
Fun Fact: Squaw Valley has six mountain peaks ranging in elevation from 7,552 to 9,006 feet.
Squaw Valley certainly does not fall short in terms of amenities either. The Village at Squaw Valley Lodging includes budget-friendly standard rooms, studio suites, and suites with one, two, or three bedrooms. The Wanderlust Yoga Studio here is open all year long and is a great place to boost your strength, endurance, and flexibility for the slopes. The Trilogy Spa in the Village at Squaw Valley offers seasonal deals like the peppermint pedicure, spring thyme massage, and soothing hyaluronic facial. You can also stop by the spa for happy hour for a mini treatment and $5 glass of wine.
To get here, hop on a flight to Reno/Tahoe International Airport and drive an hour to the southwest to reach the resort. Squaw Valley is located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, and 196 miles from San Francisco via Interstate 80.
Starting November 23, 2016, you can enjoy the 360 degree view high above Lake Tahoe on the Aerial Tram. A 10-minute ride going to the High Camp which is located at 8,200 feet above sea level is a sight to behold. Snow topped mountains made of granite make for picture perfect postcards and selfies to make all your skier friends jealous they didn’t decide to join you. While you are up at High Camp, make sure to grab a juicy burger and a craft beer at the Terrace Restaurant and Bar and give your brain time to process the astounding views surrounding you.
If you are looking for the party scene at Lake Tahoe, we want to be the first to tell you that Squaw Valley’s annual Welcome to Winter Party is back. On November 26, 2016, the Historic Village at Squaw Valley celebrates winter with DJ’s, raffles, $2 beer stations, and discounts for season pass holders. Check out ski equipment from renowned companies, demos, and special offers, and gear up for the exciting ski season ahead.
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The resorts on this list are huge, which means you might not have time to head back to the car to grab that peanut butter and jelly sandwich that you made for lunch or that extra scarf when the wind picks up. Dressing in layers is a must for ski season, and it always helps to have a wind and water-resistant base layer, middle layer, and outwear. It’s also a smart idea to have a first-aid kit with you on the slopes for minor mishaps at the terrain park or after trying tree skiing for the first time.
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Clearly, there are some amazing options for winter sports on this continent, and your first challenge is deciding which resort to check out first. We tried to give you a comprehensive guide to everything and anything to do while you are out on ski adventure at each of these unique yet equally amazing mountains, but what matters is what you think will make your own personal vacation the ski trip of a lifetime. So, take all these mountain stats and amenities into account, and consider other things we may have missed that stand out to you as must-have experiences.
It is never too early to begin planning your big winter trip to any of these unbelievable Mountains. Each has their own incredibly unique experience and while you wait anxiously to get out and shred, do what we do and glance out the window for signs of the first snowfall: Watch ski montages on YouTube (GoPro has a solid snow channel), obsess over trail maps and outline your perfect weekend and start putting together all the ski gear you need for a perfect trip on your holiday wish list!
Where will you begin your next epic snow adventure this year? Have any tips on restaurants, hotels or other features of these resorts you think we missed? Comment on this article and share your ski prowess with the rest of our readers.