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Best Ski Destinations in the USA

For those of you who embrace winter's icy winds and heavy snowfall, a ski vacation is the perfect getaway. U.S. News' ranking of the Best Ski Destinations in the USA weighs the most important considerations: accessibility, accommodations, acreage and annual snowfall, along with expert recommendations and readers' top picks. Vote "yes" or "no" to chime in on next year's ranking.

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Why go: While the chilling winter temps might keep away the faint of heart, Jackson Hole's powder-laden slopes beckon to avid skiers and snowboarders. Though Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the preferred spot, downhill devotees can also hit Snow King and Grand Targhee. Read More»

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Why go: Lake Tahoe is beautiful from any vantage point, but it's quite stunning from the slopes. Ski areas like Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Northstar-at-Tahoe lure powder hounds from around the U.S. For affordable digs, make reservations in advance or stay in nearby Reno. Read More»

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Why go: In 2002, all eyes were on Utah's snowy slopes as the world's best competed for gold in the Olympic Games. You can still watch the pros tackle the jumps at Utah Olympic Park before strapping on your own skis at Snowbird Ski Resort or at one of Park City's ski spots. Read More»

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Why go: This tried-and-true winter destination caters to all skill levels with four major ski areas — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. And for backcountry gliders, the White River National Forest provides plenty of cross-country trails. Read More»

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Why go: With 2,000 skiable acres, this Colorado town draws snow bunnies in droves. The massive Telluride Ski Resort houses some 125 trails and a 4,425-foot vertical drop. Once the lifts shut down for the day, the chalets in Mountain Village provide a warm environment in which to thaw. Read More»

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Why go: Vail is one of the country's most popular wintertime destinations thanks to its two primo ski areas: Vail Ski Resort and Beaver Creek Ski Resort. And the nearby mountain ranges feature plenty of cross-country paths. But be prepared to splurge; lodging here isn't cheap. Read More»

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Why go: This Vermont village is often compared to a quaint town in the European Alps. And it's easy to see why: Swiss-style chalets and superb slopes. The Stowe Mountain Resort's runs cater to all skill levels while the surrounding mountains boast numerous cross-country trails. Read More»

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Why go: Though Anchorage features a few downhill runs, this Alaskan city caters more to the cross-country set. Kincaid Park and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail draw long-distance skiers, and Chugach State Park is great for gliding (though you should hire a guide to avoid getting lost). Read More»

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Why go: These mountains in northern New York have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. At Whiteface Mountain and Mount Pisgah, downhill runners can test their skills and backcountry skiers will find miles of trails to explore. Plus, the Adirondacks offer affordable lodging options. Read More»

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