2015 Ski Resorts: Which Slopes Are For You?

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Ski season beckons with hundreds of resorts in the U.S. for the advanced and novice alike. Seeking airborne thrills on the slopes? Or maybe just a leisurely run down the trails capped off with a romantic fireside dinner?

Our ski resort scoop can help you decide where to spend your next ski trip.

Fit for beginners

Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts caters to first-time skiers with a beginner’s package that includes equipment rental, lessons and lower mountain lift tickets. Guests can also enjoy the newly designated beginners’ area, where they can learn the ins and outs of skiing from specially trained instructors.

Seriously challenging slopes

Ready to test your skills? Head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming. The famed Corbet’s Couloir, often referred to as North America’s scariest slope, begins with a drop that will have you free-falling for up to 9 meters. Once you land, you’ll have to make a sharp right turn around a rock. If your skills are up to par, the powder run at the end is a calming finale.

Posh pistes

Located at the foot of beautiful Aspen Mountain in Colorado, the St. Regis Aspen Resort earned a spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List for “Best Places to Stay in the World.” In addition to skiing, the resort offers such amenities as an acclaimed restaurant, spa, heated pools and top-notch service.
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Fun and family-friendly

Colorado’s Beaver Creek offers a family activity for every day of the week, including skate nights, scavenger hunts and story time at the resort’s children’s theater. There’s also a nursery, as well as a carpool program where staff members escort kids to and from ski lessons.

All-inclusive alpine

If you don’t want your ski vacation to be a la carte, consider Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado. Everything from food and skiing to sledding and horseback riding – even yoga – is included for one price.

Standout for snowboarding

Park City Mountain Resort in Utah features three terrain parks for snowboarders of all levels. Its intensive Ski and Snowboard School has trained some of the best snowboarders, including Olympic gold medalists.

Better for a budget

TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski study found Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado to be the most affordable ski destination. Average cost: $214 a night.

 

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American après ski

How about some nighttime entertainment after a day on the slopes? Aspen Snowmass in Colorado is one of the most popular resorts for nightlife, featuring over 100 bars, restaurant and clubs.

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Never-ending night skiing

Love skiing in the dark? Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon boasts the largest night-skiing terrain in the country with 34 lighted runs.

Most likely to be the snowiest

According to USA Today, Washington’s Mt. Baker’s Ski Resort records the highest average snowfall – 647 inches a year.

The bigger the better

Plan on skiing for more than a few days? Located in Montana, Big Sky Resort is the largest ski resort in the country. The 6-mile long resort boasts 5,800 acres of ski terrain.

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Beautiful scenic views

Who doesn’t love a good view? California’s Heavenly Mountain Resort gives visitors breathtaking 180-degree views of Lake Tahoe from almost every run on the mountain.

Longest ski season

If you’d rather your ski getaway be later in the year, Timberline Ski Resort in Oregon has the longest ski season in North America – typically running from early November through Memorial Day.

Superior backcountry skiing

If you’re an advanced skier seeking adventure, Teton Pass in Wyoming is one of the most popular destinations for off-piste skiing in the Rocky Mountains. The slopes are easy to access and are usually filled with locals enjoying the dry powdered hills.