Planning a trip alongside skiers of all abilities? Look no further than Sun Valley, which includes two separate ski mountains, both accessible from the town of Ketchum. Intermediates and experts will love Bald Mountain’s 3,400 vertical feet and rugged tree skiing; the beginners can spend a day at Dollar Mountain, a treeless beginner slope that also features a tubing park. And at night, Ketchum serves up everything from cowboy saloons to fine dining — you’ll get the best of both world’s here.
It's the most magical time of year and, up in high elevations, the snow is already falling at the best ski resorts and ski towns in the USA. If you're a winter sports enthusiast, you know what that means: it's time to hit the slopes.
No doubt, you probably know a few of our favorites already — some of our top resorts aren’t just the best in the country, they’re some of the best worldwide. Those names include legendary resorts like Vail and Aspen, both in Colorado, along with Park City in Utah and Palisades (formerly Squaw Valley) in Lake Tahoe, California. These resorts are all world-renowned for their sugary powder, steep vertical drops, and après ski environs, after all.
However, if you're looking for a top resort with a little less name recognition, we've got even more options: avoid insane crowds in Durango, Colorado, or stick to family-friendly outings at Smuggler's Notch in Vermont. If you’re an expert, you’ll find plenty more resorts on our list that offer wide-open, wild country terrain for advanced and expert skiers in places like Taos, New Mexico. But whatever level of skiing you’re after, the best ski resorts and ski towns in the USA offer something for every type of traveler—now pack your bags and get going, because it’s all downhill from here!
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And if skiing is just one of the things you are hoping to plan for the kids winter, take a gander at our favorite family vacations across the country. Or how about combining time on the slopes with a romantic getaway complete with candle-lit restaurants and crackling fires to cozy up to? Or what about a girls' weekend where the luxe après ski amentities are top-notch? No matter who you choose to spend your time with, these travel guides will keep you going all season long.