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.
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 more affordable digs, make reservations in advance. 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 one of Park City's ski spots. 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 place to thaw. Read More»
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Why go: This region in central New York is an East Coast skier's dream. The area surrounding the 11 lakes makes for perfect mountain conditions thanks to the huge deposits of lake-effect snow that blanket the region. Plus, with nearly 30 groomed trails and parks, the area is ideal for cross-country skiing.
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: 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: Nestled in the Green Mountains of central Vermont, Killington is one of the most diverse ski areas in the country. It also features one of the largest snowmaking operations. The major resorts offer nearly 2,000 acres and 92 miles of skiable trails — most ideal for intermediate or advanced powder hounds.