Northern Rockies

Resort Guide 2021: Most Accessible Resorts in the West

Top 10 resorts in the West for Access, according to SKI's Reader Resort Survey.

1. Deer Valley, Utah

Marina Knight, Kristi Lovell, and Georgie Bremner at Deer Valley
All smiles at Deer Valley.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Deer Valley is a resort that makes skiing easy for your family.”

2. Sun Valley, Idaho

Skiers at Sun Valley Resort
“We were over there, now we are here!”Courtesy of Sun Valley Resort/ Ray J. Gadd

“Love the hometown feel at Sun Valley, and how easy it is to get to the resort from town.”

3. Copper Mountain, Colo.

4. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

5. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

None
It just always looks good.Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

“My favorite ski hill in the world. Four hills at Aspen Snowmass are different and easy to access. Outstanding in-bounds off-piste terrain easily accessible with a short hike. Great town and friendly locals.”

6. Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek has something for everyone! It is easy to get around to different parts of the mountains to try out different terrain. You can get away from the crowds easily and find beautiful aspen trees to ski through.”

7. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Mammoth Top 10 Variety
Mammoth is, well, mammoth.Mammoth Mountain

“As large as Mammoth is, it is surprisingly easy to get from one end to the other.” 

8. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Whistler is big. Really big. Really, really big. That said, spend some time getting to know the parts of the mountain, find a place you like and ski around there until your legs give out. Easy to get around and the people are always happy to share their ‘secret’ knowledge.”

9. Whitefish Mountain Resort, Mont.

None
Well, would you look at that.Photo courtesy of Whitefish Resort

Whitefish is overall a super-fun mountain with a variety of terrain. The staff is helpful and willing to let you in on the powder stashes if you ask! Easy to travel around the mountain and always a great vibe.”

10. Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Read More Top 10s in the West from our 2021 Reader Resort Survey: