1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Experts look here! Jackson Hole is widely considered one of the very best places for skiing and snowboarding in the US, with easily accessible back-country, steep untended slopes and high class, luxurious resorts.
Beginners and intermediaries will have a harder time though. The terrain for beginners is very limited, only comprising of about 10% of the mountain.
+ THE place for steep expert riding
+ Easy access to untended terrain
– Not beginner-friendly
– Can be crowded
2. Snowbird, Utah
Super high quality snow in north facing slopes keeps the snow in Snowbird chalky and cold. The epic terrain and long seasons makes this a premium destination for your winter trip!
Snowbird also boasts one of the highest snowfall, that coupled with great conditions for powder snow makes this one of the absolute best mountains in the whole of United States.
+ Great terrain
+ Awesome snow
+ Fast lift system
– Not too much to do outside the slopes in terms of party and shopping
– Not very beginner-friendly
3. Telluride, Colorado
Looking for some of the steepest on-resort terrain in Colorado? Then Telluride is for you.
Fantastic runs all the way into town, with great lodging options both in Telluride town and Mountain Village. Super easy to get around between locations with the Gondola.
+ Variety of terrain, including super steep runs
+ History-rich town
4. Vail, Colorado
If you are a group of different skill levels Vail is a great choice – with something for experts, intermediaries as well as experts. You will find village level beginner slopes, double-black diamond slopes and tree runs in Blue Sky.
You will easily get around on the lifts, which are all high speed. This is important because Vail is the largest ski area in Colorado. As you might expect in the largest ski area in Colorado you have lots to do off the slopes.
+ Colorados’ largest ski area
+ A lot to do off the slopes
+ Great for all kinds of skill levels
– Lifts can be very busy
– Lack of challenging terrain for expert riders
– Far from airport5. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Perfect for the beginner with excellent ski schools. With four ski areas in one resort destination your have a very diverse terrain.
+ Four ski areas, all accessible using on ticket
+ World-class famous ski town
+ Great lift system
– Not the most reliable snowfall
– Need to hike if you want to go above tree line