Those who love winter’s snowfall know that skiing makes the ideal activity to enjoy the best of the season. If you want to know where to go for the best experience, consider the locations U.S. News ranked the best in the nation. The following places were chosen by readers based on annual snowfall amounts, acreage, accessibility and the quality of accommodations.
Lake Tahoe’s ski areas include Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar California. Since the region is so popular, rooms here can be a bit more pricey compared to other skiing regions. If you are looking to save some cash for your adventures on the slopes, share a vacation rental or make reservations in advance.
Located in Colorado, Steamboat Springs, this prime ski location especially appeals to vacationers who enjoy variety. This area encompasses six peaks that offer approximately 3,000 acres of winter sports terrain. The trails range from kid-friendly zones to expert chutes. Besides skiing, Steamboat also offers visitors hot spring tours, sleigh ride dinners, horseback riding, and snowmobile tours.
Aspen in Colorado is renowned being a haven for skiers everywhere. Skiers of all levels will feel right at home at any of the four major regions: Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Buttermilk. Even back-country skiers will find plenty to keep them happy at nearby White River National Forest’s cross-country trails.
Big Sky is a region in Montana with almost 6,000 acres of skiing terrain. Due to the 30 feet of yearly snowfall, winter lovers from all around will find lots of excellent powder to hit the skis. This town has many eateries and other attractions, making it easy for skiers to relax in the Mountain Village after taking the slopes for a ride.
For people on the East Coast, New York’s Finger Lakes region functions as a welcome skier’s getaway. Thanks to lake-effect snow, skiers can find plenty to enjoy near any of the 11 lakes. You can also venture miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing. Bristol Mountain, Toggenberg Mountain, Song Mountain, and Labrador Mountain are the perfect spots to hit the slopes and have some fun.
Utah’s Park City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and is home of the most epic slopes. Park City Mountain and Deer Valley are the two premier resorts. These have dozens of unique runs and even feature snowboarding half-pipes. Park City has luxurious accommodations and restaurants that make it a favorite of many.
Jackson Hole’s beauty has attracted politicians and Hollywood stars. This Wyoming winter wonderland is home to the Grand Targhee and Snow King resorts where downhill devotees can ski in the heart of mountain country. While Jackson Hole seems remote, its resorts have plenty of luxurious upgrades.