Best Resorts for Backcountry Access: 2008-09 - Ski Mag

Best Resorts for Backcountry Access: 2008-09


Best Backcountry Access


It snowed 18 inches in the last 24 hours. The lift lines buzzed with locals wearing packs and beacons. On our first lap, we dropped out of the gate and hiked the double booter to Four Pines, where we laid first tracks through nipple-high fluff. Second lap, we hiked the Headwall, left the gate, and dropped off the back side to Granite Canyon, which was deep enough to give Yao Ming a mouthful of blower. You don’t


to leave the resort boundary at Jackson Hole to get good snow or steeps. But if you do, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Three Things You Need to Know:

It’s big and wild out there. Hire a backcountry guide from the resort—he’ll provide beacons as well. [From $370;]

This winter, a new 100-person tram will carry you to the top of 10,450-foot Rendezvous Mountain in just nine minutes. Grab a coffee and wait in the tramline.

Buy Jackson’s best breakfast burrito from the D.O.G., a window in a wall on South Glenwood Street.

Best of the Rest

2. Jay Peak, Vermont

3. Powder Mountain, Utah

4. Telluride, Colorado

5. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

6. Mt. Baker, Washington

7. Alta/Snowbird, Utah

8. Solitude, Utah

9. Crystal Mountain, Washington

10. Alpine Meadows, California



Best Resorts for Powder: 2008-09

Ranked by the readers of Skiing Magazine


Best Resorts for Steeps: 2008-09

Ranked by the readers of Skiing Magazine.


Best Overall Resorts: 2008-09

Ranked by the readers of Skiing Magazine.

best bc access: jackson hole

Resort Awards-Best Backcountry Access: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With the exception of Whistler Blackcomb, no other resort comes close to matching Jackson for easy access to back- and sidecountry lines.

Resort Awards, Best Overall: Whistler Blackcomb BC

Best Overall Resort: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Like the Olympics it’s about to host, Whistler Blackcomb is big, hyped, and full of underage Asian women on drugs.

Stevens Pass Washington

4 Resorts With Great Backcountry Access

For those looking to push the boundaries.