10 Unbelievable Skiing Destinations in the U.S. When you’re able to fly where you wish, spending the day, weekend or a vacation getaway skiing some of the most gorgeous mountains in the country is a dream that’s within your reach. A pilot’s license will give you the ability to experience the country’s steepest trails, freshest powder and best aprés-ski settings, whenever you get the itch to hit the slopes.
So toss your skis, boots and winter gear in your plane and take-off towards one of these 10 unbelievable skiing destinations in the U.S—let’s get started!
1) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
The best skiing in the Wild West is at Jackson Hole. With its fast groomers, steep main terrain and expansive backcountry, this mountain is perfect for big mountain skiers and snowboarders that are impartial to the mega-resorts of Colorado and Utah. The ski area is spread over two main peaks: the minor Après Vous Mountain to the north, which is home to many of the intermediate-level terrain, and the major Rendezvous Mountain to the west, with plenty of opportunities for advanced and expert skiers. Jackson Hole is also known for its off-the-slopes activities, with a friendly base area Teton Village which offers a lively place to eat, drink, enjoy live music and meet new friends.
2) Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Nestled high in the Wasatch Mountains, the historic mining town of Park City is unlike any other ski town in the country. Not only is it officially the largest ski area in the country, its 7,300 acres of terrain are just a half-hour from Salt Lake City, making it easily accessible by private plane. With 348 runs throughout the mountain, night skiing, eight terrain parks and friendly aprés-ski in a quaint downtown area, Park City continues to be a top ski destination in the U.S., year after year.
3) Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, California
With its 3,500 acres of terrain, Mammoth Mountain offers something for everyone, with harder runs at altitude and easier slopes lower down, as well as a mix of open alpine-style bowls and classic American wooded slopes. Not only is it a winter-wonderland for adrenaline junkies, Mammoth Mountain also offers summer skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and more, so you can get a thrill all year long. Plus, the approach into Mammoth Yosemite Airport over the Eastern Sierra mountains is an unforgettable experience, and puts you just a few short minutes away from the town of Mammoth Lakes and the ski area.
4) Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
While the western U.S. may be particularly well-known for its abundant winter sports opportunities, the east coast boasts some of its own unbelievable ski destinations as well. Stowe Mountain in Vermont, known as the “Ski Capital of the East”, is home to the tallest peak in the state, Mt. Mansfield. Downtown Stowe is an attractive, authentic ski village with old-world New England charm, offering the perfect setting to relax with friends after a day on the slopes. While the snow may be more unpredictable and the mountains more sparse than in the West, the soul of skiing is alive and thriving in the East.
5) Heavenly Mountain Resort, Nevada
With a fitting name, Heavenly Mountain is a sublime ski retreat located in Lake Tahoe. On the western border of Nevada, skiers and snowboarders will find an overall spectacular setting, featuring inspiring mountains, remarkable lake views and an extensive desert landscape, making it one of the most unique ski destinations in the U.S. With 4,800 acres of skiable terrain, 34 miles of ski runs and 29 ski lifts, Heavenly Mountain has something for all levels of ability on the snow. The resort’s lively ambiance also makes Heavenly a favorite destination among those seeking a fun-loving ski vacation.
6) Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
The San Juan Mountains are among the newest on the continent, meaning they haven’t experienced as much erosion as other mountain ranges. As such, the area’s premier resort, Telluride, offers steep-chuted runs at a top elevation of 13,150 ft. However, it isn’t reserved just for world-class skiers and boarders, the mountain also boasts mile after mile of intermediate and family-friendly runs. And, cultivated with the feeling of an authentic wild west mining town, at Telluride, you’ll feel like you were transported back to the days of Billy the Kid.
7) Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota
The Midwest may not be the first place you think of when searching for the best ski destinations in the U.S., but Lutsen Mountain in northern Minnesota is sure to change your mind. With expansive views of the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Lutsen lays claim to the Midwest’s largest downhill ski resort with more than 90 runs and 1,000 acres of skiable terrain on four interconnected peaks—some of the region’s highest. Additionally, it’s more affordable than a trip out west, at just $84/day for adults and $69/day for children (ski and stay, discount specials and flex tickets are available throughout the season, as well). Plus, with a slew of lodging availability, including the authentic Caribou Highlands Lodge and relaxing Lutsen Resort, you’re sure to have a true Northwoods experience!
8) Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Northern New Mexico’s diverse climate makes Taos Ski Valley a perfect destination for winter sports. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos offers a rugged and natural landscape for the more experienced skiers and snowboarders—while there are plenty of beginner-friendly runs throughout the 1,300 skiable acres, over 50 percent of the trails are rated expert. With 300-plus days of sunshine in the state of New Mexico and over 300 annual inches of snow, Taos will provide every skier with a fun, exciting challenge and likely sunny skies.
9) Whiteface Mountain, New York
At Lake Placid Ski Resort in New York, skiers and snowboarders will experience the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies on one of the highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, Whiteface Mountain. This former Olympic ski site isn’t just the Northeast’s tallest skiing mountain, it also offers breathtaking vistas, an Olympic ski-jumping complex and ice rink, home of the “Miracle On Ice”, and bobsled rides with professional brakesmen.
10) Mt. Hood, Oregon
Mt. Hood in Oregon is so massive, it includes three major ski areas to choose from. Timberline is the only true ski-in, ski-out resort on the mountain, and is one of the only places in all of North America that you can ski year round. Skibowl and Meadows, located on the eastern side of Mt. Hood, are often preferred by skiers who like more runs with several advanced trails. For an unbelievable winter-sports experience in the Pacific Northwest, head to Mt. Hood!
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