Northern Rockies

Six Authentic Western Ski Towns

Low on glitz, high on character, these towns are filled with folks who are genuinely stoked to be visiting or living there. Put them on your “go” list.


You'll never know what you'll find in the streets of Whitefish.
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Whitefish, Mont.
This Northern Montana gem is the gateway to majestic Glacier National Park and 10 minutes from Whitefish Mountain Resort. World’s friendliest locals? Quite possibly.

Silverton, Colo.
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Silverton, Colo.
Silverton’s location in the knife-tipped San Juans, a few miles from the extreme-skiing resort destination of the same name, makes it one of the prettiest spots on the planet.

Come for the town, stay for the views of Revelstoke.
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Revelstoke, B.C.
Former railroad town Revelstoke’s downtown is lined with unique shops, bars, and restaurants, and is just under four miles from Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s 5,620 feet of seemingly never-ending vert.

With it being just north of Salt Lake City, and close to ski areas, trails, and in the outdoors hotbed of Ogden, it's no wonder Amer Sports set up…
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Ogden, Utah
Due west of the crowds and bustle of Park City, outdoorsy Ogden boasts endless hiking and biking, and is a 20-minute drive up Ogden Canyon to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.

Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson, Wyo.
This resort town never loses its Old West spirit, from the rodeos just outside town during the summer to the town park’s elk-antler arches. The ski resort is 12 miles from town.

Crested Butte demands that you ski hard. So, when you’ve earned it, take the free shuttle from Mount Crested Butte to town. Get off at the first…
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Crested Butte, Colo.
An old mining town, Crested Butte is an off-the-beaten-path haven for bikers and skiers. Nestled in a wide valley, it boasts a colorful and historic downtown just minutes from the slopes via a free shuttle.