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Resorts of the Year 2019: Best Down-Day Activities in the West

Top 10 resorts in the West for Down-Day Activities, according to SKI's Reader Resort Survey.

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1. Steamboat, Colo.

Steamboat is a real town, not just a resort. It has a wide range of activities, both on and off the mountain, available year-round.”

2. Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Top 10 Activities
Sun Valley, IdahoSun Valley Resort

“Great resort. Great mountain to ski. Even non-skiers have multiple options of activities.”

3. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Jackson Hole is clearly a great destination resort for skiers and boarders but it also offers a tremendous amount of off-mountain activities and attractions for non-skiers/non-boarders and evening and down-day activities: a low key and natural western / cowboy ambiance, gorgeous scenery, numerous activities (snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sightseeing in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks and the National Elk Refuge), world-class restaurants, museums, wildlife …”

4. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Aspen Snowmass Top 10 Activities
Aspen Snowmass, Colo.Aspen Skiing Co.

“Always improving the lifts, new terrain expansions, new alternative activities (new mountain coaster), and finally building some newer resort hotels at Snowmass to up the hotel quality options for Aspen Snowmass. Love this place!!”

5. Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley Top 10 Activities
Deer Valley, UtahDeer Valley Resort

“Excellent catering to clients for snowmaking, grooming, food, restaurants, and other activities. No snowboarding keeps Deer Valley even more attractive to many people.”

6. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

“Great resort with lots of variety of terrain and off-mountain activities! Great staff everyone we met was incredibly nice, would go back again with no questions!”

7. Park City, Utah

Park City Top 10 Activities
Park City, UtahVail Resorts

“No place is easier to get to and has everything you want for skiing and off-mountain activities than Park City.”

8. Whitefish, Mont.

“Great skiing, snow bus makes getting around very easy. Plenty to do in the town of Whitefish.”

9. Telluride, Colo.

Telluride Top 10 Activities
Telluride, Colo.Telluride Ski Resort

“Stayed at Telluride‘s Mountain Village, but it was super-easy to get downtown using the gondola. Shopping is great and Bootleggers Bar was fun for the family, and later evenings.”

10. Breckenridge, Colo.

Breck Top 10 Activities
Breckenridge, Colo.Carl Scofield

“The icing on the cake is the town of Breckenridge; lots of restaurants of different price points, lodging, activities, and an interesting historic town with more soul than a manufactured base area can offer. Total package.”

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