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Bear Valley, CABear Valley is one of the less well known ski resorts in California when compared to popular resorts like Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley. This ski area has runs that suit any experience level. Skiers will find 1,280 skiable areas, and gets over 350 inches of average annual snowfall. The summit is at an elevation of 8,500 feet and has a 1,900 foot vertical drop. Visitors will find runs that suit any experience level, and there are even snowcat tours that take adventurous skiers to the terrain that is harder to access but less tracked.
Big Mountain, MTLocated outside the town of Whitefish, which offers plenty of fun after a long day of skiing. Big Mountain has over 3,000 acres of terrain, with almost 100 marked trails and plenty of bowl and tree skiing. Big Mountain gets 300 of annual average snowfall. Skiers will find a summit elevation at over 6,800 feet, and a vertical drop of almost 2,500 feet. Visitors to Big Mountain will find plenty of night skiing options.
Grand Targhee, WYGrand Targhee is located on the Idaho border in Alta Wyoming, and on the west side of the Grand Tetons is a fantastic ski resort, and much less well known than Jackson Hole. The ski area can only be accessed through Teton Valley, Idaho in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Grand Targhee gets over 500 inches of annual average snow. With excellent powder and free of lift lines, there are over 2,500 skiable acres with a vertical drop of over 2,200 feet for skiers to enjoy. In addition there are nordic trails and plenty of backcountry skiing.
Jay Peak, VTLocated in Jay, Vermont, Jay Peak is the snowiest ski area on the east coast, averaging 355 inches of snowfall annually. The mountain has 2 peaks and over 50 miles of skiable terrain. Jay Peak's ski area has a top elevation of 3,968 feet and a vertical rise of 2,153 feet. There are 76 trails and 8 lifts over an area of 385 acres. Jay Peak is known for its challenging terrain and good backcountry skiing. The peak is best known for getting some of the most snow on the East Coast.
June Mountain, CAJune Mountain is just 20 miles away from the more ell known Mammoth Mountain, this ski area has many sunny days and plenty of snow. Visitors will find run sheltered by lots of trees. Backcountry enthusiasts will love the lift-accessed backcountry skiing. Although fairly well-known in California, it is still much less crowded than some of the other resorts in the state. June Mountain gets 250 inches of snowfall annually. With over 500 skiable acres and the summit at an elevation of over 10,000 feet, June Mountain is a great California ski resort.
Mount Ashland, ORThis Oregon ski area is one fantastic destination. Mount Ashland gets over 280 inches of snowfall annually. It has a summit elevation at 7,500 feet and a vertical drop of 1,150 feet. Skiers will love the 200 acres of skiable terrain, and 40 acres are open for twilight skiing. This resort is also great for advanced skiers, 50 percent of the terrain is designated as advanced.
Northstar-at-Tahoe, CAThis year round mountain resort is filled with amenities beyond the excellent skiing, including a skating rink and a big spa. There are over 90 trails on over 3,000 skiable acres. Northstar-at-Tahoe also has some great terrain parks, as well as options for cross-country skiing. The summit elevation is over 8,600 feet and a vertical drop of 2,280 feet. The ski area gets an annual average snowfall of 350 inches. Skiers can also enjoy the 344 acres of backcountry terrain, and even 7 trails for tree-skiing.
Durango Mountain Resort, CODurango Mountain is another one of Colorado's top rated ski areas. Durango Mountain Resort calls its ski area Purgatory. Purgatory gets an annual average snowfall of 260 inches. The summit elevation is 10,822 feet, with a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Skiers will enjoy the 85 runs at Purgatory, which are serviced by 10 lifts over a total of 1,325 skiable acres. In addition, visitors to Durango will find 3 terrain parks to enjoy as well.
Schweitzer Mountain, IDSchweitzer Mountain is one of Idaho's great skiing treasures. Visitors will enjoy the views of Lake Pend Oreille, and can visit the lovely town of Sandpoint after a long day enjoying the snow. The mountain has over 2,900 skiable acres, and the highest elevation is at 6,400 feet. There is an annual average snowfall of 300 inches, and over 90 trails. Schweitzer even has open bowl skiing, cat skiing, and even night skiing.