Ski Resort Life

Four Authentic Gems that Remind Us Why We Ski

Leave the posh resorts behind for these no-frills, delightful ski areas.

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Ski Cooper, Colo.

Ski Coper
Hard to find a lift-line out here.File Photo

There’s no shortage of soulful ski history at Ski Cooper. The 10th Mountain Division trained on these slopes during World War II, and antique ski equipment and black-and-white photos cover the walls of the base lodge. While lift-served acreage is only 400, another 1,500 adventurous acres are accessible via snowcat. 

Grand Targhee, Wyo.

Skiing Powder at Grand Targhee
We can see your Tetons.Photo courtesy of Grand Targhee

Come for the blower pow, stay for the welcoming local vibe, legit terrain, and crowd-free slopes. Hit up The Trap—where everyone is treated like a local—at the end of the day for cold brews and live music.

Wildcat, N.H.

skiing at Wildcat
There might be nothing more soulful than a tele turn in New Hampshire.Photo courtesy of Wildcat Mountain

Wildcat’s 2,000-plus-foot sustained vert from the top has garnered it legions of devotees who don’t mind a base lodge that desperately needs updating and the cold and windy climes. No-frills Eastern skiing, just how Eastern skiers like it.

Mt. Rose, Nev.

Mt Rose
Lakefront skiing.File photo

The Chutes at Mt. Rose offer up some of the toughest skiing in Tahoe, though this 1,200-skiable-acre mountain also lures diehards with its desert and lake views, local vibe, and relatively (for Tahoe) short lift lines.

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Originally Published in the October 2018 issue of SKI Magazine.