Best in the West 2018: CharacterThe results of our reader-ranked survey for the top 10 most authentic resorts in Western North America.Author:SKI Magazine EditorsPublish date:Oct 19, 2017Best in the West: CharacterThe results of our reader-ranked survey of the top 50 resorts in North America.No. 1: Telluride, Colorado"Due to its somewhat remote location, Telluride maintains an uncrowded, unmanufactured experience. It's a kickin', charming, classic mountain town."Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort.1 / 10Want to know how these ski areas ended up in other rankings? Check out the top 10 resorts for lodging here. You can also find out where readers believe the most challenging terrain in the West lies, and you'll find the top 15 overall resorts in the West here.