Resort Guide Categories: Snow + Terrain + Challenge + Local Flavor
For the hardcore skiers, heres the Top 10 resorts that are sure to challenge your skiing with some of the best terrain the West has to offer.
1. Alta Ski Area, Utah
Waist-deep pow at Alta, business as usual.
Photo courtesy of Alta / Noah Wetzel
“Still the pinnacle of the pure skiing experience. Terrain, snow quality, value, and scenery cannot be matched. Nothing else matters!”
See what's new at Alta this season 2. Snowbird, Utah
"Snowbird is the big kahuna of big mountain skiing in Utah. The terrain is top-notch, and the mountain layout is really easy to follow. Powder days are amazing here, and the lake effect blesses The Bird with more blower days than most places."
Check out more information about Snowbird 3. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
You can get yours at Taos.
Photo credit: Keri Bascetta
"The expert skiing is some of the best in North America. The Kachina Peak Lift gives easy access to incredible terrain. The hike-to runs are unmatched with thrilling glades, chutes, and super steep fun!"
Read more about Taos Ski Valley 4. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.
Jackson Hole is known for being steep and deep.
Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole
"Jackson Hole is a skiers dream. Steeps, chutes, rock features, and an amazing town to end the ski day at."
Get more information about Jackson Hole 5. Kirkwood, Calif.
"Insane snowfall, sick terrain, friendly vibe, and the feeling of being isolated from the world is what makes Kirkwood the best. Tough terrain with fresh lines is all over the mountain on any given day. The real soul of skiing is alive here, not any crazy corporate influence. Just pure fun, skiing and riding."
See more details about Kirkwood 6. Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
There's not doubt about it, the Basin delivers.
"A-Basin is the local's favorite. It's just a place where great skiing can be found. I love A-Basin because it has some of the most challenging runs around with steeps, moguls, rocks, trees, and cliffs."
Read more about Arapahoe Basin 7. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
"Mammoth has some of the best terrain anywhere and has very efficient operations, short lift lines, etc. the staff is so friendly and welcoming. The scenery is spectacular. Wonderful, laid back environment, but with plenty of luxury and convenient amenities, too."
See what's new at Mammoth Mountain this season 8. Grand Targhee, Wyo.
The views at Grand Targhee are almost as good as the skiing.
"Best snow in the country as far as I'm concerned. Liftlines are small to non-existent and the terrain is amazingly varied from beginner to insane. It's definitely a skiers mountain."
Find out more about Wyoming's Grand Targhee Resort 9. Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.
"Revelstoke is a fun challenge to ski due to its high vertical drop, steepness and changing snow conditions as one descends from top to bottom. The town is great and its secluded location adds to its charm."
Check out more important information about Revelstoke 10. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo.
Rob Dickinson gets the goods stashed in Crested Butte's extremes.
Photo courtesy of Crested Butte / Dave Kozlowski
"Crested Butte is one of the last great ski towns. Friendly community vibe and a great place to take a stroll around town when you're not skiing some of the best terrain in Colorado."
Read more about Crested Butte More 2020 Reader Survey Resort Guide Rankings in the West Overall Best in the West for 2020 All-Around Vacation Luxury Vacation Spring Break Destination Family Vacation