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Can You Name These 5 Classic Ski Towns Based Solely on Their Stats?

Population, median age, average income ... where are we?

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The topic of the best ski towns in North America is a hotly contested one among the SKI staff—and skiers everywhere. We spend a good chunk of time debating where to sip the best après lager, dig into the tastiest cheeseburger, and jam out to amazing live music (when that is a thing again). Like most of you, we rarely ever agree.

So in the spirit of compromise, we came together on a list 5 Great North American Ski Towns. But there’s a twist. You have to guess what they are. We provide a photo of nearest skiing, town demographics, and a pull-quote from the linked ski-town travel guide.

Also Read: These 5 Resorts Have Risen in the SKI Mag Ranking For the Last 5 Years—Can They Keep It Up? 

Can you go 5 for 5? After all, it just might be that the best ski town is one you happen to be in—or are going to next.

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5 Great North American Ski Towns

No. 1

"None"

Stats

  • Population: 1,755
  • Average Income: $66,375 (USD)
  • Male/Female Ratio: 56/44
  • Median Home Price: $750,200 (USD)
  • Median Age: 34.4

“Intriguingly, this mining town was never successful enough to establish brick or stone buildings, so colorful, wooden Victorian-era structures dot the downtown, where people ride their fat bikes year-round.”

Click to find out which town this is.

No. 2

"None"

Stats

  • Population: 10,659
  • Average Income: $75,150 (USD)
  • Male/Female Ratio: 54/46
  • Median Home Price: $1.7 million (USD)
  • Median Age: 34.4

“For aesthetes, there’s an art gallery on every corner. What’s more, the entire side of the largest parking garage in town is an art installation: a glass enclosure that glows with pink and orange lights and doubles as a greenhouse, producing 100,000 pounds of hydroponically grown fresh produce each year—which can be bought in local markets.”

Which town is this? Click here.

No. 3

"None"

Stats

  • Population: 13,382
  • Average Income: $88,483 (USD)
  • Male/Female Ratio: 50/50
  • Median Home Price: $2.7 million (USD)
  • Median Age: 37.4

Where can you schuss world-class slopes by day and take in a concert by a Grammy-winning blues artist in a historic theater by night? How about ride an Olympic bobsled course, then hit the outlets for the afternoon?”

Did you guess correctly? Find out here.

No. 4

"None"

Stats

  • Population: 4,421
  • Average Income: $104,238 (USD)
  • Male/Female Ratio: 56/44
  • Median Home Price: $741,589 (USD)
  • Median Age: 57.9

“The effects of beer tourism are nowhere more explosive than in this ski town, and whatever famous craft beers from this hops-friendly state that aren’t actually brewed here are available on tap or at the local grocery.”

Which beer-drinking town is this?

No. 5

"Lake Louise Resort Guide 2020"

Stats

  • Population: 8,224
  • Median Home Price: $1.6 million CAD
  • Male/Female Ratio: 55/45
  • Average Income: $81,018 CAD
  • Median Age: 35

“It’s got all the requisite must-haves: walkable downtown with mountain views, great restaurants, fun après scene, gurgling creek running through town, plenty of character-filled hotels, and a handful of ski resorts within a 20-minute drive. If only it wasn’t a 20-hour drive from my home in Denver.”

What town are we talking about, eh?