Park City, Utah, is the quintessential ski town thanks to its proximity to a major airport, its collection of bars and restaurants, and its ability to please both rich folks and regular Joes alike. In 2015, Vail purchased Park City Mountain Resort and combined it with the adjacent Canyons Resort, creating the largest ski area in the United States (that’s 7,300 acres, to be exact). To say there’s something for everyone here is a bit of an understatement.
Winter is right around the corner to offer us some welcome relief from the heat and humidity of summer. And if you're a 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 US 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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