1. Big Sky, Mont.
“Big Sky should be on everyone’s bucket list. Great terrain and lodging options. The bowl below Lone Peak on a powder day is awesome! Never seems to be a lift line. Great layout.”
No. 22 in the West Overall: Big Sky, Mont.
2. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
“Can’t beat Whistler Blackcomb for scale and variety. Weather can be a challenge but when the sun shines, it is glorious!”
No. 7 in the West Overall: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
3. Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
“Mammoth has something for all levels of skiers. From extremely challenging to broad beginner and intermediate runs. Great grooming and lift system. Hugh mountain with lots to explore.”
No. 20 in the West Overall: Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
4. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.
“Aspen Snowmass has everything. You can find perfect groomers to the gnarliest steeps. Plus, there are plenty of things to do besides skiing.”
No. 5 in the West Overall: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.
5. Vail, Colo.
“Vail is big! From the bowls to hidden tree stashes, I can always find a line and ski undisturbed.”
No. 14 in the West Overall: Vail, Colo.
6. Telluride, Colo.
“Telluride is a great ski resort with varied terrain. Gondola service makes it easy to get anywhere on the mountain. A wide range of eateries from Baked in Telluride to Allred’s on the mountain. Outstanding options for accommodations.”
No. 6 in the West Overall: Telluride, Colo.
7. Squaw Alpine, Calif.
“Squaw is awesome! Has everything you need! Alpine Meadows is a treat. Less crowded than Squaw.”
No. 25 in the West Overall: Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Calif.
8. Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
“Really nice terrain options and plenty of hike-to ski opportunities at Taos. Views are outstanding and the higher elevation allows for better snow conditions. Kachina bowl lift and access to terrain is amazing. Would definitely go back.”
No. 4 in the West Overall: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
9. Lake Louise, Alb.
“Lake Louise is 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.”
No. 15 in the West Overall: Lake Louise, Alta.
10. Jackson Hole, Wyo.
“Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the best ski resort in the U.S. for those visitors who are primarily interested in the quality and variety of the skiing.”
No. 13 in the West Overall: Jackson Hole, Wyo.