PHOTOS: Best ski destinations in N. America

1:49 PM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
  • From the Salt Lake City airport, you'll find four world-class ski resorts within a 30-minute drive. Chad Spector, Solitude, UT
  • Mt. Bachelor, located just a few miles outside the charming town of Bend, Ore., lets you hit the slopes by day and enjoy excellent aprés-ski at a microbrewery come sundown. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • With an average 25 feet of snow per year and a location rather isolated from Colorado's more high profile resorts, Crested Butte offers comprehensive access to extreme terrain and a laid-back vibe. Tom Stillo, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • Aspen is surrounded by four snowy peaks and a well-developed (and very posh) dining and nightlife scene. Aspen/Snowmass
  • Southern Vermont offers skiing and boarding on six mountains serviced by 22 lifts. Mount Snow
  • Sun Valley, Idaho, considered the birthplace of U.S. skiing, has been pleasing skiers since 1936. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • The first nominee is South Tahoe, where Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resort enjoy mountaintop views of the lake. Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Resorts in North Tahoe include Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Northstar. Jeff Engerbretson, Squaw Valley
  • The slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb in British Columbia provide some of North America's best skiing. Justa Jeskova, Whistler/Blackcomb
  • Skiers and boarders who come to Park City, Utah, can choose from three resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and The Canyons. Deer Valley Resort
  • From Burlington, Vt., skiers and boarders have their pick of more than seven resorts, including some of the toughest trails on the East Coast. Stowe Mountain Resort
  • The six resorts that dominate Colorado's front range are blessed with abundant snowfall and long seasons. Winter sports fanatics can't wait to head to Keystone, Arapaho Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland and Winter Park. Matt Inden/Miles
  • Southern Colorado ski resorts include Silverton, Ouray, Durango, and upscale-but-unpretentious Telluride. Sven Brunso,
  • Skiers looking for wide open runs flock to Sugarloaf in Central Maine, the resort with the most skiable terrain on the East Coast. Local favorite Saddleback Resort rarely sees crowds either. Sugarloaf
  • An 11,053-foot peak with 3,500 skiable acres serviced by high speed lifts and excellent grooming make Mammoth Mountain, Calif., a big winner with West Coast skiers. Flickr/John Lemieux
  • Skiers in British Columbia looking for something a bit more low key than Whistler love Nelson and its handful of locals-frequented resorts. Kootenay Rockies Tourism
  • With 193 runs spread across 5,289 acres, Vail, Colo., is a destination on many skiers' wish list. It has runs for all ability levels and an easily navigable, Bavarian-themed pedestrian village, making it popular with all types of skiers. Flickr/Snow Snow
  • Beginner-friendly Alyeska Resort in Alaska has dozens of green- and blue-rated trails, along with the longest double black diamond run in North America. Alyeska Resort
  • With its massive 5,750 acres, Montana's Big Sky has more skiable acres than any resort in the country. Chris Kamman
  • With famed chutes like Corbet's Couloir, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming sits near the top of many a serious skier's bucket list. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
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