1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.
“Jackson Hole has so many challenging areas that it can keep you busy for an entire week. Town of Jackson has great food and shopping options to keep entire family happy.”
No. 13 in the West Overall: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.
2. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
“I had heard Taos has steep terrain, but I did not believe it would compare to larger, more well-known resorts. I have skied in Colorado, British Columbia, California and the steep runs at Taos can hang with them all. There are lots of options for the steeps, some available only through hiking and others through the Kachina Peak lift.”
No. 4 in the West Overall: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
3. Snowbird, Utah
“Best snow, longest season, best big-mountain skiing around. You can find steeps facing almost every direction to find the best snow. Ski the ‘bird!”
No. 27 in the West Overall: Snowbird, Utah.
4. Big Sky, Mont.
“Big Sky is a great resort with challenging terrain and a nice vibe!”
No. 22 in the West Overall: Big Sky, Mont.
5. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo.
“Crested Butte has the best expert terrain I’ve skied in the continental U.S. Between the expert terrain and the local flavor, it;s a diehard’s dream. Everything a great skier needs for a real ski trip.”
No. 10 in the West Overall: Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo.
6. Alta Ski Area, Utah
No. 23 in the West Overall: Alta Ski Area, Utah.
7. Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
“The amount of advanced terrain means Arapahoe Basin punches well above its size.”
No. 18 in the West Overall: Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
8. Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.
“I am an expert skier and Revelstoke has been on my hit list for a few years and didn’t disappoint. Fantastic terrain and lots of easily accessible off-piste areas in the resort. It also has a charming ski town with great bars and restaurants.”
No. 26 in the West Overall: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.
9. Squaw Alpine, Calif.
“Squallywood is the Mecca of skiing, with everything viewable from the lifts you best bring your “A” game. On top of having some of the most exhilarating runs Squaw Alpine provides challenges that will make any skier think twice! The vibe is so energetic and fun unlike anywhere else I’ve ever skied.”
No. 25 in the West Overall: Squaw Alpine, Calif.
10. Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.
“Telluride feels much bigger in person than the trail map looks, and there are just so many great areas of the mountain to explore. The variety is awesome, and the expert terrain is crazy, and you can hike to so much extra stuff that really raises your hairs.”
No. 6 in the West Overall: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.