Readers spoke—and we crunched the numbers. Here are the top 30 resorts in the West according to our 2020 Reader Resort Survey. Whether you're dreaming of face shots and blower pow or noon groomers followed by an après hot toddy, it's all here. Let our Top 30 western North America ski resort rankings carve the way to your best winter yet. 

The SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey is "a much watched and anticipated event," according to long-time ski industry professional Chris Diamond. SKI is proud to share the results of the Survey with you for 2020.

See where your favorite resorts on the East Coast ended up.

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No. 1: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado moves to the top of SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide and ranks No.1 in the West

The No. 1 Overall Resort in the West earns its ranking by constantly evaluating its offerings and striving to be the best across the board.

“Aspen and if four mountains create opportunities for everyone of all abilities who love skiing. The diversity between these mountains in terrain, culture, and ultimately experience is second to none. The scenery does not disappoint. From the views skiing into downtown on the World Cup course to the epic scenery of the Elk Mountains from the top of the Highlands Bowl, there just isn't anything else like it.”

See why readers ranked Aspen Snowmass No. 1 for 2020

No. 2: Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley, Idaho ranks No. 2 in the West in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide

No. 2-ranked Sun Valley combines exciting slopes—watch for an expansion debuting next winter—with the down-to-earth town of Ketchum.

“Sun Valley wants each and every guest to be engaged and have an excellent experience. A convenient drop-off area with wagons to haul your gear, while being warmly treated and assisted, is just the beginning. There are orientation tours for guests new to the mountain, and U.S. Forest Service tours for those intrigued by nature and geology. Lodges are clean and comfortable with real furniture, not cafeteria tables and chairs and big fireplaces. The food is great, with each lodge having a different take on their offerings. Liftlines are an extreme rarity.”

Explore more about what Sun Valley has going on this season

No. 3: Whitefish Mountain Resort, Mont.

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana climbs to No. 3 in the West in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide

Whitefish is beloved for its authentic vibe that keeps the skiing center stage and for its supporting cast of welcoming locals.

“This is a great mountain resort with views into Glacier National Park. The work the grooming team does is exceptional and the lift operators are always friendly. Whitefish offers something for every ability and every type of skiing, all while providing a lot of space so one never feels crowded.”

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No. 4: Steamboat, Colo.

Steamboat, Colorado ranks No. 4 in the West in SKI Magazines 2020 Resort Guide

Location is everything: Steamboat is just far enough away from Denver to remain authentic and relatively uncrowded.

“Great ski town. Steamboat has a ton of intermediate and advanced terrain and typically gets really good snow accumulations. The tree skiing is among the best anywhere. Easy to get in a lot of vertical feet and, except for peak season, lift lines are short. Plenty of on-mountain condos to choose from.”

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No. 5: Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley Utah ranks No. 5 in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide

This skier's-only resort joined the Ikon Pass last season, and readers were happy to report that the top-notch service remains intact.

“Deer Valley has always boasted incredible grooming, attracting visitors from all around the world to partake in this rare skier’s-only experience. Limiting its ticket sales makes it an even more enjoyable experience for all involved, especially during the peak holiday times.”

See why readers ranked Deer Valley No. 5 for 2020

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No. 6: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Whistler Blackcomb Resort Guide 2020

Come to ski the 8,000-plus acres, but stay for all the offerings on tap in the massive village.

“My favorite resort in North America! Lots of great terrain, great ski school, great adaptive ski program, lots of other things to do at Whistler Blackcomb when you are not on the slopes (tubing, ice-skating, shopping, zip-lining).”

Explore more about what Whistler Blackcomb has going on this season

No. 7: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Telluride ski resort guide 2020

Invest the time to get here and be rewarded with some of the best skiing in the San Jauns and views that will inspire you to make the trip again and again.

“Telluride has everything you could want in a destination resort. Terrain, scenery, great lodging options, awesome town with unique bars, restaurants and dining options. It's a bucket-list ski town for anyone who calls themselves a skier.”

Our advice? Read more about Telluride

No. 8: Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek Resort Guide 2020

Allie's Cabin, accessed via open-air sleigh, hosts both family dining and wine-themed dinners.

“Underrated terrain, some very challenging steep bumps and glades at Beaver Creek. Uncrowded, particularly expert lifts like Grouse and Birds of Prey, a good skier can get worn out here. Superior grooming and fast, efficient lifts make getting around easy. Has well-deserved reputation as an intermediate mountain but has some of the toughest and steepest bump skiing along I-70.” 

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No. 9: Breckenridge, Colo.

Breckenridge Resort Guide 2020

Discover Breck's high alpine terrain this season and see this Front Range favorite in a whole new light.

“Breck has a unique combo of a great town, great and challenging mountain, sidecountry/hike-to terrain, beginner, and intermediate runs. And a great bus system that is so much easier than other resorts—15 minutes and you can be anywhere. Plus great food and of course nightlife.” 

Learn more about Breckenridge's rank

No. 10: Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

Park City Mountain Resort Guide 2020

Nothing like finishing a ski day with a great cocktail and a greater view.

“This mountain is huge! Lots of runs of differing difficulty. My family enjoys skiing here. The town of Park City has plenty to do when you're not skiing.”

See why readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort No. 10 for 2020

No. 11: Vail, Colo.

Vail Resort Guide 2020

Vail always packs a little bit of something special.

“There is no place on Earth like Vail. We have been there numerous times and it never disappoints. The free transit system is exceptional and the choice of restaurants and après-ski venues is also first-class. Throw in the Back Bowls and the variety of terrain for all levels, and it is tough to beat Vail.”

Explore more about what Vail has going on this season

Learn about the history of Vail: Triumph of a Dream on Amazon

No. 12: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Taos Ski Valley Resort Guide 2020

The New Mexican sun never looked better.

“Beautiful and varied terrain when there's good snow. This year was spectacular, last year not so much. First-rate snowsports school for skiers and riders at all levels. Friendly staff. The new lift to Kachina Peak has opened up a huge amount of terrain full of chutes and wider bowls—the best terrain ever.”

Our advice? Read more about Taos Ski Valley

No. 13: Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise Resort Guide 2020

Lake Louise's scenery is always tops for a reason.

“Lake Louise is a skier paradise. Gorgeous views being in Banff National Park, and a large mountain with a wide variety of terrain. Also, plenty of backcountry access from the resort for those who really want to push it. Not much nightlife, but very relaxing evenings exploring the surrounding area after a day of skiing.”

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No. 14: Winter Park, Colo.

Winter Park Resort Guide 2020

New gondola? New reader rank.

“This is the best ski resort for families and it has the balance of expert terrain. Winter Park still has a small, local feel even though it has transformed into a resort. It is where people from Colorado like to ski.”

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No. 15: Copper Mountain, Colo.

Copper Mountain Resort Guide 2020

Cheers, dude!

“We have skied at 50-plus resorts, mostly in the U.S., but also in Austria, New Zealand, and Canada. I skied Copper for the first time this year and was amazed by its size, ease of accessing all of the parts of the resort, varied options for every kind of skier, and the beauty. It is now my favorite resort in Colorado.”

See why readers ranked Copper Mountain No. 15 for 2020

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No. 16: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.

Skier skiing down well groomed slope with a gondola above the skier that says Jackson Hole

There isn't a run at Jackson that isn't rad and beautiful.

"Jackson Hole is the best. If you're a strong skier and haven't been, make plans now! The Tram, The Hobacks, Thunder Bumps, and The Mangy Moose all add up to a fantastic and unique ski experience. Go!"

See more about what readers love about Jackson Hole

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No. 17: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif.

Looking at the views at Heavenly

Lake Tahoe shimmers in the distance.

"There is a little bit for everyone, from groomed trails to steeps, bumps, and chutes. Great tree skiing. Views of Lake Tahoe are hard to beat. Easy access to lodging, restaurants, shopping, casinos... Great place for a family or a big group, something for everyone on and off the mountain."

Learn more about Heavenly's reader ranking

No. 18: Crested Butte, Colo.

Crested Butte Lift

A sight any skier loves to see.

"Crested Butte is a real gem! The mountain is great fun, especially for expert terrain. The town is a real throwback to many years ago, but has great charm and ambience. It's a bit out of the way to get to, but well worth it!"

Learn more about Crested Butte's upcoming season

No. 19: Northstar, Calif.

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A nice place to sit.

"Very well-rounded resort for the whole family with varied levels of skiing ability. Something to do no matter the weather or conditions. Being near Lake Tahoe makes the terrain breathtaking and fun to explore. Very accessible from Reno, Sacramento, or from other parts of the Lake."

Find out what's new at Northstar this season

No. 20: Grand Targhee, Wyo.

Air at Grand Targhee Resort Guide 2020

"Hope that snow is as soft as everyone says!"

Targhee is such a cool place with an awesome, authentic vibe. The resort is not crowded, the grooming is awesome, the views are terrific. Hiking to Mary's Nipple was super cool, and it was a blast! Driggs is small but has some surprisingly good restaurants for dinner."

Read more about what readers have to say about Grand Targhee 

No. 21: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.

Why they call it the "Powder Highway."

Why they call it the "Powder Highway."

"The vertical drop will crush the most prepared legs. The resort and town have boatloads of character. Everyone on the mountain can absolutely rip. Revy isn't the easiest mountain to get to, but that's part of what makes it special."

See more about what readers love about Revelstoke

No. 22: Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Mammoth Mountain in the spring

There's no spring break like a Mammoth Spring Break.

"Fantastic mountain for all types of skiers. So much terrain it takes a week to ski it all. Seems like there is a lift wherever you end up."

Learn more about Mammoth's reader ranking

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No. 23: Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

mt Bachelor Resort Guide 2020

360 degrees of rad skiing.

"Mt. Bachelor is a gem, second in the Northwest only to Whistler in terms of terrain, but a strong 1st in value and cost."

Learn more about Mt. Bachelor's upcoming season

No. 24: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Calif.

Squaw Alpine Resort Guide 2020

Keep your tips up.

"Squaw Valley is great and so much to ski. If you want a quieter mountain then head over to Alpine Meadows. Both have world-class ski schools and are family-friendly." 

Find out what's new at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows this season

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No. 25: Alta Ski Area, Utah

Eric Balken paves the way near Flagstaff Ridge, in Alta's backcountry.

All that snow in your face can make it hard to see clearly.

"Alta has something special that most resorts don't have. The moment you arrive, it's almost as though you've been transported back to a simpler time. The community there is tight-knit, laid-back, and filled with people who could ski the pants off of the U.S. Ski Team. The terrain has something for everyone, gentle groomers to gnarly chutes. Time just seems to stop when you're skiing at Alta, it's charming and magnificent."

Read more about what readers have to say about Alta 

No. 26: Big Sky Mountain Resort, Mont.

Big Sky Top 10 Challenge

"I can see the Yellowstone Club from here!"

"Biggest and arguably the best skiing in America. This resort will offer the country's best lift system and most skiable acreage within a matter of years."

See more about what readers love about Big Sky

No. 27: Keystone Resort, Colo.

Family walking at Keystone, Colo in the 2020 Resort Guide

And you thought the Village was nice to walk through.

"Keystone is a hidden gem. It caters to families and first-time skiers with amazing long green runs groomed to perfection. The views of Lake Dillion never get old. For the advanced skiers, the bowls, trees, and terrain park are perfect. Take a snowcat and ski untracked snow down into amazing tree runs."

Learn more about Keystone's reader ranking

No. 28: Arapahoe Basin, Colo.

Arapahoe Basin

Nice bumps.

"It's The Legend for a reason—mostly, big-time, big-mountain terrain. It's steep and deep, especially on the north side, and the new expansion has spread people out so that the Pali and West Zuma areas have less traffic. After that, the 6th Alley vibe and F&B program are outstanding. This place just feels like home."

Learn more about A-Basin's upcoming season

No. 29: Snowbird, Utah

Snowbird powder Resort Guide 2020

Some would say it's the greatest snow on earth.

"This resort has the best in-bounds terrain in the Lower 48, and the amount of vertical and variety is what makes it unbeatable."

Find out what's new at Snowbird this season

No. 30: Snowbasin, Utah

Skiing at Snowbasin

Getting deep above Ogden.

"Snowbasin is a perfect balance of small-town cozy resort and the latest and greatest. Don't tell anyone ... it's our little secret."

Read more about what readers have to say about Snowbasin

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