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13 Best Ski Trips in the U.S.

December 19, 2023

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For those who embrace winter's icy winds and heavy snowfall, a ski vacation is the perfect getaway. To help you decide which backcountry ski destination to visit, US News takes into account the most important considerations โ€“ accessibility, lodging, terrain and annual snowfall.

1. Big Sky, MT

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With nearly 6,000 skiable acres, Big Sky Resort in southwestern Montana is one of the largest ski resorts in the country, offering plenty of terrain for winter sports enthusiasts.

2. Vail

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Vail, Colorado, is one of the most popular winter destinations in the country thanks to its two top ski areas: Vail Ski Resort and Beaver Creek Resort.

3. Jackson Hole

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The cool temperatures and powder-covered slopes of this Wyoming valley beckon skiers and snowboarders.

4. Park City

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This Utah ski haven boasts two premier resorts, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, which offer dozens of diverse runs.

5. Telluride

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Although this remote Colorado town can be difficult to reach, Telluride is worth the trip for its more than 2,000 skiable acres, stunning scenery, and funky ski culture.

6. Breckenridge

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Another very popular Colorado ski resort, Breckenridge Resort (or Breck as locals call it) offers travelers nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain across 187 trails.

7. Aspen

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This tried and true winter locale in Colorado caters to all skill levels in its four main ski areas that make up the Aspen Snowmass - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands.

8.Mammoth Lakes

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Averaging significant snowfall from November to June, Mammoth Lakes' extraordinarily long ski season entices downhill skiers, snowboarders and backcountry trekkers in the summer.

9. Steamboat Springs

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado has nearly 3,000 acres of trails on six peaks, making the town a popular destination for a variety of skiers.

10. Sun Valley

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Sun Valley is home to one of America's oldest designated ski resorts; In fact, Sun Valley Resort operates the world's first chair lift.

11. Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe is beautiful from any vantage point, but the California-Nevada area is quite stunning from the slopes.

12. Sugarloaf Mountain

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As the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains, this Maine destination is a winter playground for East Coasters. And with a trail and ski lift expansion planned by 2030, Sugarloaf is only getting bigger.

13. Mount Hood

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As Oregon's highest point, it's no surprise that Mount Hood is home to some highly regarded ski options. Among the most popular ski resorts on Mount Hood is Timberline Lodge

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