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Best Ski Destinations in the USA

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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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#1 Jackson Hole

#1 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

Why go: Jackson Hole's chilly temperatures and 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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#2 Lake Tahoe

#2 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

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. However, rooms here can get pricey, so consider making reservations in advance. Read More »

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#3 Salt Lake City

#3 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

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 perfect your own ski or snowboard skills here at top-notch resorts like Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and Brighton Resort. Read More »

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#4 Telluride

#4 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

Why go: With more than 2,000 skiable acres, this Colorado town draws snow bunnies in droves. The massive Telluride Ski Resort houses some 147 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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#5 The Finger Lakes

#5 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

Why go: This region in central New York is an East Coast skier's dream. The area around the 11 lakes offers 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. Read More »

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#6 Breckenridge

#6 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

Why go: Situated about 80 miles southwest of downtown Denver, Breckenridge offers skiers nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across 187 trails. And with annual snowfalls averaging around 25 feet every winter, odds are you'll enjoy superb conditions while on the mountain. Read More »

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#7 Steamboat Springs

#7 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

Why go: Steamboat Springs' six peaks with roughly 3,000 acres of trails make it a popular place for skiers who desire variety. Everything from expert chutes to kid-friendly ski areas are offered here. If snowboarding is more your thing, check out one of Steamboat Springs' four terrain parks.

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#8 Aspen

#8 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA

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

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