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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. Our list of the Best Ski Destinations in the USA weighs the most important considerations: accessibility, accommodations, acreage and annual snowfall.

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

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Why go: While the chilling winter temps might keep away the faint-of-heart, the Hole's powder-laden slopes beckon to avid skiers and snowboarders. Although the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the preferred spot, downhill devotees can also shred powder at Snow King and Grand Targhee. 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: In 2002, all eyes were on Utah's snowy slopes as the world's best competed for gold in the Olympic Games. More than a decade later, you can still watch the pros tackle the towering 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: Vail is one of the country's most popular wintertime destinations thanks to its two primo ski areas: the Vail Ski Resort and the Beaver Creek Ski Resort. And the nearby mountain ranges feature plenty of cross-country paths. But be prepared to splurge; lodging here is far from budget-friendly. Read More»

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Why go: With 1,700 skiable acres, this Colorado town draws snow bunnies in droves. The massive Telluride Ski Resort houses 115 runs 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: 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 gliders, 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: Sandwiched between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, Burlington offers prime views of snowy slopes. Although there are no ski areas located within Burlington's boundaries, the city sits within easy driving distance of Vermont's Sugarbush Ski Resort and Stowe, Vt. Read More»

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