Jackson Hole: Located in the ski resort town of Teton Village, Wyoming, this destination offers great skiing and/or snowboarding at reasonable rates. This resort is known to have some of the steepest terrain in all of the United States. Don’t let that deter you, though. They also have several beginner and intermediate courses. Jackson sees 450 inches of snowfall on average every year. The ski season starts on November 24 (or earlier depending on snowfall). They’ve recently added the J-card, which looks like a credit card. It gives access to the resort and is reloadable, making it a convenient way to hit the slopes. In addition to great skiing, the calendar of events in Jackson Hole is jam packed with family friendly and fun activities. From sightseeing on the Tetons to guided snowmobile tours, you’ll sure to find plenty of things to do to keep yourself busy while vacationing at Jackson Hole.
Lake Tahoe: Tahoe is a massive, freshwater lake that borders California and Nevada. This resort is broken up into two areas, North Tahoe and South Tahoe. Each has its own unique amenities, but both have great skiing. Between its three major ski resorts, South Tahoe has over ten-thousand acres of ski country. North Tahoe has fewer acres, but more ski resorts. If you are looking for a younger crowd to ski with, the Boreal resort is the place to be. It has six lifts and three-hundred acres, making it one of the smallest in Tahoe. For a more family-friendly experience, there is the Tahoe Donner trail that has five lifts and fifteen trails. In addition to skiing, both areas of Tahoe have tons of sights, entertainment, restaurants and fabulous nightlife offerings. Opening dates vary. Approximate open for Tahoe is November 4th.
Salt Lake City: Salt Lake has tons of slopes and all range in levels from beginner to advanced. Because there are so many, we’ll talk about the top three destinations in Utah. Overwhelmingly, people love Alta. The lifts have been running since 1939 and it is one of the oldest resorts in the United States. Alta gets about 550 inches of fresh snow every year, has 2200 acres and seven lifts. If you are looking to board however, don’ go to Alta as they restrict access to skiers. The second place to hit up in Salt Lake is Snowbasin. It has beginner to advanced runs with an astounding 22% of the resort dedicated to double black diamond runs. The majority of this resort (43%) is intermediate. Snowbasin is only eight miles from Ogden, meaning once you’re done with the slopes for the day, it’ll be time to check out the diverse nightlife. Finally, there is Solitude Ski Resort. It has a little over 1200 acres of ski terrain and eight chairlifts, four of which are high-speed quads. If you are looking for less crowded lifts in Utah, Solitude is the place to be. It offers all levels from beginner to expert and despite its smaller resort, it still has lots of great things to do once you’ve retired from the slopes for the night.
Telluride: This charming ski town, once named To-Hell-You-Ride by miners, sits in the mountainous terrain of southwestern Colorado. It’s a beautiful, quaint town that has more than 2000 acres of ski terrain. It has some of the steepest and most diverse terrain of all the resorts in Colorado. 45% of which is for double black diamond skiers. It gets about 300 inches of natural snow per year and is slated to open on November 25th.
Finger Lake: Located in New York, Finger Lake offers several resorts, much like Tahoe. The resorts in and around Finger Lake are smaller, but have great trails for skiers from beginner to advanced. If you are looking to get up and down the slopes pretty quickly, Song Mountain is the resort for you. They have 24 trails for all ski skill levels and their 5 lifts carry a whopping 6000 skiers per hour. They boast short wait times ensuring you get the most bang for your buck on their slopes. Expert skiers can check out Labrador Mountain, which has 33% of its trails dedicated to the expert skier.
Aspen: Known for being the Total Package, Aspen has four mountains for skiing, one of the best shopping districts of all resorts, and has a great nightlife to wind down after a long day of hitting the slopes. Between their four mountains (Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk) there is over 5200 acres of ski terrain. Aspen has 329 runs with the longest being 5 miles. The majority of the runs in Aspen are for the intermediate skier, but they have trails for every level. Average snowfall is about 300 inches and their projected open date is November 24th.