Poll: What’s the Best Ski Resort in North America?

When it comes to ski resorts, one thing we can agree on is that we won’t agree. Outside just named Squaw Valley the number one resort in North America (and put Whistler behind Vail!), while Conde Nast Traveler picked Telluride. Ski Magazine chose Deer Valley. Meanwhile, none of those resorts would make into my top five.

Of course, all those folks might be putting more emphasis on “resort,” while all I care about is “ski.” Lodging means little, amenities almost nothing. What matters in my world — and I would guess yours, too — is terrain, snow, vertical, and access to the backcountry. Period.

But that’s when the debate gets fun. Does the sheer size of Whistler and Blackcomb, along with immediate access to amazing O.B., trump the fact that their snow is too often maritime gack? Is the phenomenal snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon enough to make you look past the traversing at Alta and crowds at Snowbird? Does Jackson’s insane terrain make up for a short season and lower snow than Alta?

Every ski area has its strengths and every one has its weaknesses, and at the end of the discussion you’re going to lean toward what matters most — face shots per day, hucks per run, access gates per acre, whatever your favorite flavor. Which one do Adventure Journal readers prefer? Vote and let’s find out.


This week, one poll participant will receive a Smith Optics Outlier sunglasses. We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Must have a U.S. or Canadian address. Contest ends Sunday, January 13, at midnight PST.

Congrats to Alex Specht of Bishop, California, for winning this week’s giveaway.

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