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5 Under-the-Radar Resorts That Ski Big

They're not as well known, but these resorts pack a punch when it comes to challenging terrain, fewer crowds, and plentiful powder.

Off-the-beaten-path gems such as Idaho’s Schweitzer offer the best of both worlds: enough terrain to keep you busy for a few days, variety to satisfy all comers, and that down-home vibe that’s usually reserved for far smaller ski areas. Here are 5 good-sized ski areas you’d be wise to check out.

Related: Party in the Panhandle: Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Snowbasin, Utah

Snowbasin's John Paul Lodge
Toasting the view at Snowbasin’s John Paul Lodge Photo: Courtesy of Snowbasin
  • 3,000 acres
  • 2,900′ vert

Snowbasin skis like a destination resort with open bowls, glades, and groomers galore, with one of the most efficient lift systems around (built for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics), but feels like a local haunt.

Read more about Snowbasin: No. 30 in the West

RED Mountain, B.C.

  • 4,200 acres
  • 2,919′ vert

Right on B.C.’s Powder Highway, sizable RED sits among the Top 10 largest resorts in North America, and boasts a brand-new chairlift this season, too.

Pass News: RED Joins Ikon for 2020-’21

Wolf Creek, Colo.

Wolf Creek Ski Area
Colorado’s Wolf Creek consistently boasts the highest snow totals in the state.  Photo: Courtesy of Wolf Creek
  • 1,600 acres
  • 1,604′ vert

In addition to boasting the most powder in Colorado (430 annual inches), Wolf Creek happily blends deep days with a chill family-friendly vibe.

Bonus: Get to Know Independently Owned Wolf Creek 

Mt. Rose, Nev.

Mt. Rose Ski Area
Mt. Rose has terrain and views that wow. Photo: Courtesy of Mt. Rose Ski Area
  • 1,200 acres
  • 1,800′ vert

It’s the smallest hill on this list but it skis far bigger thanks to some super-legit expert pods, including The Chutes.
Lake Tahoe views included.

Keep Reading: There’s More to Mt. Rose Than Meets the Eye

Silver Mountain Resort, Idaho

  • 1,600 acres
  • 2,200′ vert

No wonder Idaho is called the Gem state. Silver Mountain claims some gorgeous tree skiing across its two mountains, plus few crowds to compete with.