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Resort Guide 2021: Best Scenery in the West

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

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1. Lake Louise, Alb.

There’s not a bad view to be found across Lake Louise’s 4,200 acres. This shot was taken on the mountain’s frontside, off the Summit lift.
Lake Louise, Alb.Photo courtesy of Reuben Krabbe

Lake Louise has hands-down the best scenery in North America and quite possibly the world. It offers an excellent variety of terrain with breathtaking vistas in every direction. Between the lodging and restaurant at Lake Louise and Banff, there is no ski area even close to the variety that Banff/Lake Louise offers.”

2. Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Telluride Top 10 Scenery
Telluride, Colo.Doug Berry

Telluride is the ski town version of Atlantis, except real. Unbelievable scenery, great skiing, top-notch dining, fantastic lodging, and wonderful (read: patient) ski school instructors for the kids. Saving my money so I can retire in Mountain Village one day.”

3. Banff Sunshine, Alb.

Banff Sunshine
The views at Banff Sunshine are top.Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine/Ruben Krabbe

Sunshine has varied terrain with the added challenge of Delirium Dive, set in the majestic surroundings of the Rockies in a National Park that preserves its wilderness feeling. Doesn’t get much better than that.”

4. Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe
Sometimes you feel like you might ski into the lake.Photo Courtesy of Heavenly

“The view from the top of Heavenly‘s Sky Express is breathtaking and I soak it in every trip there. Been skiing here since I was young and I anticipate the trip every year. The mountain, the hotels, the restaurants, and the South Tahoe life are great!”

5. Whitefish Mountain Resort, Mont.

Above the fog at Whitefish.Photo courtesy of Whitefish Mountain Resort

“Beautiful scenery at Whitefish, close to Glacier National Park.”

6. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Jackson Top 10 Scenery
See it all from Big Red.Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole has everything to offer—great snow, variety of terrain, gorgeous views, amazing food and wine. Simply the best!” 

7. Grand Targhee, Wyo.

Powder day at Grand Targhee Resort
When you’re not getting faceshots, the view is phenomenal. Photo Courtesy of Grand Targhee Ski Resort

Grand Targhee is off the beaten path, but it will always be one of my favorites for its incredible views of the Tetons, its local charm, and most importantly, the way it holds powder long after a storm has passed.”

8. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Taos Top 10 Overall Satisfaction
Taos, looking blessed.Taos Ski Valley

Taos feels like a little European town tucked into the mountains in New Mexico. It’s adorable, quirky, and fun. The mountain is challenging but SO fun! And the views are absolutely breathtaking.”

9. Alta, Utah

Alta Utah Resort Guide 2020
Alta Ski Area, Utah.Photo courtesy of Alta / Noah Wetzel

“It’s hard to beat Alta. It has great views and even better runs. It’s all about skiing.”

10. Snowbird, Utah

Snowbird Top 10 Lifts
Very similar, yet different, views than Alta.Matt Crawley

Snowbird is all about great skiing and amazing snow. Gorgeous views and bowls too!”

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