Resorts of the Year 2019: Best Lifts in the West

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

1. Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Top 10 Lifts

Sun Valley, Utah

"Service, grooming, lift system are tops. Continuous fall line all over the mountain is a BIG plus, no flats! Also, a terrific snowmaking system which Sun Valley does not skimp on."

2. Deer Valley, Utah

"Great lifts. You can tell the Deer Valley regulars don't go elsewhere. Some nice terrain off Empire Chair, even in a low-snow year."  

3. Snowbasin, Utah

Snowbasin Top 10 Lifts

Snowbasin, Utah

"With lifts that can get you to the top of the mountain in under 15 minutes and all of the terrain to choose from, there's no way you can explore Snowbasin in one day if you're planning trying to hit everything."

4. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

"Best overall resort I ever skied. steepness is unparalleled and the ability to search out good snow regardless of conditions is unparalleled. Also very impressed with Jackson Hole's lifts. Easy to move across such a broad expanse and get back to lifts when going off trail."

5. Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek, Colo.

"Beaver Creek has very well-groomed trails and the best modern chairlifts you will find." 

6. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

"Great lifts and grooming, Snowmass has the best blues and you can't beat Ajax for character."

7. Banff Sunshine, Alb.

Banff Sunshine Top 10 Lifts

Banff Sunshine, Alberta

"Sunshine has lots of lifts and no matter how many cars are parked at the bottom, the lift lines are never very long."

8. Vail, Colo.

Vail, Colo.

Vail, Colo.

"I have been skiing at Vail for 25-plus years. I enjoy the terrain, the snow, and the lifts. Vail keeps on top of its operation, updating lifts. The Epic Pass is the greatest thing on the market, outstanding value."

9. Grand Targhee, Wyo.

"Beautiful location, great staff and activities. Always full of powder every season and the updates to the lifts and slopes each year gives you a new experience. Targhee's main lift extends to a beautiful view of the Teton mountain range."

10. Snowbird, Utah

Snowbird Top 10 Lifts

Snowbird, Utah

"My favorite in Utah. Big, badass mountain. Consistently good snow. Lifts are amazing. The scenery alone in Little Cottonwood Canyon is worth the price of admission. I love me some Snowbird."

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