Resort Guide 2020 West: Skier's Mountains

We crunched the numbers: Here's the Top 10 resorts for purists who care only about the ski experience.
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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

Alta Utah Resort Guide 2020

Waist-deep pow at Alta, business as usual.

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2. Snowbird, Utah

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3. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Georgie Bremner at Taos SKI Test 2020

You can get yours at Taos.

"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!"

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4. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.

Jackson Hole is known for being steep and deep. 

Jackson Hole is known for being steep and deep. 

"Jackson Hole is a skiers dream. Steeps, chutes, rock features, and an amazing town to end the ski day at."

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5. Kirkwood, Calif. 

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6. Arapahoe Basin, Colo.

Mike Hagadorn at Arapahoe Basin. See more.

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."

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7. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

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8. Grand Targhee, Wyo.

Wyoming's Grand Targhee has received 10 inches in the past 24 hours, and 27 inches in the past week. And, thanks to the recent big snows, they re-opened the Blackfoot lift on Wednesday and will run it straight through Easter Sunday 4/4 before closing down for the season.

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.

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10. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo.

Crested Butte Resort Guide 2020

Rob Dickinson gets the goods stashed in Crested Butte's extremes. 

"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."

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