Top 5 Ski Destinations in North America

North America just so happens to have one of the most diverse skiable terrain in the world, which makes it an international go-to for all of your snow related vacation needs. The question is which destinations will provide you with your dream mountain experience? We thought we would help you out. Our focus with our selection is centered primarily on access to quality terrain in addition to ZRankings’ ranking system.

5. Vail, CO

One of the first names people associate with great skiing in the United States, Vail is quite possibly one of the most well known ski resorts in the world, and it lives up to the hype. The reason for its popularity would be the fact that this ski town has something for everyone; from grandma who just wants to watch you ski from the lodge, to that crazy friend of yours who enjoys being airborne as much as possible before he lands in deep, fluffy powder. If you need a snowy winter destination fit for the whole family, Vail Colorado is always a fantastic option.

4. Whistler, BC

Whistler’s Whistler Blackcomb Resort is Canada’s crown jewel of ski resorts. The mountain is the largest in North America and almost the tallest with a vertical of over 5300’. This resort has everything from incredible terrain to diverse and affordable lodging options. With over 400” of snowfall a year and its vast array of niceties, it makes sense that this is one of the most sought after ski destinations for amateurs and pros alike.

3. Telluride, CO

Surrounded by towering mountains, the old mining town of Telluride Colorado has become one of America’s best ski destinations. The Telluride Resort allows you to access incredibly diverse terrain that can lead you right into town for an afternoon beer or hot chocolate. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Telluride Resort is connected to the Mountain Village by way of a free gondola that begins running in early hours of the morning and does not stop until after midnight, allowing visitors to travel between the locations without driving. To top it off the town’s eccentric culture and high caliber amenities make for a trip that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

2. Jackson Hole, WY

Taking the top spot in ZRankings’ list is Jackson Hole Wyoming, home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This resort is one of the the best resorts in the world, and has for sometime. The mountain is known for its incredible advanced terrain and incredible snow, but has also consistently expanded its terrain to accommodate for intermediate and beginner level skiers and snowboarders, making it a great snowy getaway for the whole family. Its proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as a lively downtown area make Jackson one of the premier skiing destinations in North America.

1. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt lake City is the North American Mecca of snow sports. Nowhere else in North America can you drive to over 6 world class ski resorts in less than an hour! The mountains surrounding salt lake city receive on average anywhere from 300-500 inches of snowfall a year and the due to Salt Lake’s unique climate, the powder is always light and fluffy. Drive up little cottonwood canyon on Friday to enjoy the advance terrain of Snowbird and Alta, and then take a jaunt over to Park City on Saturday to explore Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort’s diverse terrain as well as Park City’s lively Main Street. With so much skiable terrain within an hours drive it there is no question why Salt Lake City holds the number 1 spot on our list.