It’s that time of the year again where the snow boots and skis finally get put to good use. But before heading out to the slopes, there are many things to think about when choosing the right ski resort. The quality, and quantity of snow is one of the main factors reviewed. But apart from snow, there are many other things that go into choosing the right place that a lot of people do not look at. Does the resort have an efficient lift system? Do they have a wide variety of terrain? This list is here to help you take every minor detail into consideration.
1. Mammoth Mountain
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If you are looking for a resort with the most reliable quantity of snow, Mammoth Mountain Ski resort is the place for you. Mammoth has one of the longest ski seasons on the western side of the U.S. While most places have an average of a 5-6 month ski season, Mammoth is open from late October to early June. In some seasons Mammoth doesn’t close until the fourth of July.
2. KT 22 Squaw Valley, CA
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Located in Squaw Valley, CA, KT 22’s chair lift has been ranked #1 in North America by multiple publications. The chairlift takes visitors from 6,200 feet to 8,000 feet in under 6 minutes. This is a paradise for experienced skiers who want to sharpen their skills. KT 22 receives snow from December to early May and averages around 450 inches of snow and 300 sunny days year round, making it the spring ski capital. It also provides the longest ski season in Lake Tahoe.
3. Breckenridge Ski Resort
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Breckenridge is a perfect option for those looking to take their skills from beginner to pro. The resort offers many different terrains from intermediate and beyond. Breckenridge also offers skiing at high peaks. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet and a summit elevation of 12,998 feet, Breckenridge is great for those who want to do late season skiing. And in times where the bottom of the mountain is free of snow, the top of the mountain will still have winter weather. Because of its high elevation, Breckenridge also has the highest chairlift in North America.
4. Aspen Snowmass
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What would this list be without a resort in one of the best places in the world to ski? Located in Colorado, Aspen snowmass is made up of four different mountains. Snowmass, Aspen mountain, Aspen highlands, and buttermilk offer many different levels of skiing. Buttermilk is famous for constantly hosting the X-games. Its terrain is perfect for all types of skiers from beginners to pros. Aspen mountain and Aspen highlands are known for having perfect terrain for expert skiers and snowmass offers more than 3,000 acres of terrain. This resort is best known for its high attraction to celebrities.
5. Smuggler’s Notch-Jeffersonville, VT
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While most usually prefer to go skiing in the western states, Smuggler’s Notch may be the best resort the east coast has. While it is known for being a family resort, Smuggler’s notch still offers great terrain for expert skiers. Smuggler’s notch is made up of 3 different mountains and Madonna, one of the three mountains, includes a 53 degree run making it one of the most scariest drops in the country. The resort also includes an onsite childcare center and ziplining.
6. Deer Valley Resort
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Deer Valley’s mission is to personalize attention to every single guest. This resort is great for those who are not as experienced in skiing and want to become pros. Deer Valley offers complimentary ski valet and parking shuttle to its guest. They go as far as limiting the amount of lift tickets they sell daily to make sure beginner skiers are not bombarded with crowds of skiers. They also offer ski school and never exceed over four people per class so students can learn at their own pace.
7. Mad River Glen
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Mad river Glen is famous for its single chairlift. This resort is great for those looking for a resort with a unique chairlift. The Single chair is the fastest fixed-grip chairlift in the US. Those who want to be forever alone may find this chair fascinating. The chair lift also has a beer named after it called Single Chair ale, which is brewed by magic hat brewing CO.
8. Arapahoe Basin
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Arapahoe Basin also known as A-Basin, offers its visitors a really high summit elevation which reaches 13,050 feet. Because of this the resort is able to stay open until late June, which is a lot longer compared to the neighboring mountains which close in April. Due to its high elevation, the mountain is usually very windy. The A-basin resort is also easily reachable from Denver.
9. Silverton Mountain
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If you’re looking for some backcountry skiing, this place is the perfect resort for you. Silverton mountain is not for everyone. This resort strictly only allows expert skiers, so if you’re an expert and looking for an unforgettable skiing experience silverton will definitely provide that. Since the mountain receives more than 400 inches of snow per year, skiers are usually equipped with avalanche gear before heading out. There are no groomed trails at this resort and the base lodge is a home built tent. This resort is only for those looking for a unique unforgettable advanced skiing experience.