Best North American ski resorts

Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America

Jackson Hole, WY. photo: jackson hole mountain resortA simple, yet acutely accurate equation has been developed by leading industry professionals to create this complex ski resort ranking system:

Rank = [Average Snowfall + Access to Challenging Terrain] x Radness Factor (RF)

#1 – Jackson Hole, WY

- Average snowfall = 475 inches

- Total inbounds terrain = 2, 500 acres

- Top elevation = 10, 450 feet

- Bottom elevation = 6, 311 feet

- Total vertical drop = 4, 139 feet

- Trails = 80

- Lifts = 11

- Why Jackson Is Great = The Backcountry Terrain

- Local Quote = “Most would focus on the tram, bringing you up over 4, 000 feet in about 9 minutes in winds up to 70 mph. Many could look at the average snowfall, which lays down an impressive 450+” of snow. Some could even point to the fact that our relative isolation keeps crowds far below what they would be at many other resorts around the world. I would say the single factor that makes Jackson Hole stand out from it’s peers is the terrain- long, steep couloirs, badass open faces, incredible tree skiing…and that’s just what’s immediately around the resort. Add in Teton Pass, Grand Teton National Park, and the surrounding ranges that very few people even visit and you’ve got plenty to keep yourself busy.RF to the face. Jackson Hole, WY. photo: jacksonholewy.com Finally, Teton fault could always shift and our lines could quickly grow another couple inches…which is, coincidentally, what she said.” – Andrew Whiteford, Jackson Hole Freeride Team member

#2 – WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, B.C.

- Average snowfall = 396 inches

- Total inbounds terrain = 8, 171 acres

- Top elevation = 7, 494 feet

- Bottom elevation = 2, 140 feet

- Total vertical drop = 5, 280 feet at Blackcomb (5, 020 ft at Whistler)

- Trails = 200+

- Lifts = 38

- Why Whistler is Great = The Size

- Local Quote = “The sheer size and range of riding available at Whistler makes any day with any conditions hold potential to be your best day of the season. Plus, if it is raining, the two dozen bars will give you more than enough options to drink it blue.” – Eliel Hindert, Professional skier & Sweet Grass movie star

Disease Ridge @ Blackcomb. photo: Black Jorgenson/Whistler Blackcomb#3 – Squaw Valley, CA

- Average snowfall = 450 inches

- Total inbounds terrain = 3, 600 acres

- Top elevation = 9, 050 feet

- Bottom elevation = 6, 200 feet

- Total vertical drop = 2, 850 feet

- Trails = 170+

- Lifts = 30

- Why Squaw Is Great = The Terrain

- Local Quote = ”What makes Squaw Valley the planet’s greatest ski area is that we have the greatest snow on earth, a unmatched dump:sun ratio, unsurpassed verticality, perfectly clean, granite cliffs ten feet higher than some in Whistler, and very few iPhone-toting hippies. On top of all this, the general lack of local arrogance is utterly refreshing, which outsiders might find surprising because Squaw is pretty much the center of the universe.” – Scott Gaffney, editor, director, filmer with Matchstick Productions

#4 – Snowbird, UT

The Snowbird Tram is what it’s all about. photo: sandy.utah.gov

- Average snowfall = 500 inches

- Top elevation = 11, 000 feet

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