2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts

2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts is the yearly ranking Ski Magazine for the best ski & snowboarding resorts found in Canada & the United States.



It’s that time of the year again when the skiing and snowboarding community gets to see the results of the previous seasons voting for the 2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts. This yearly ranking is the reward for all of the effort that ski resorts throughout Canada and the United States put in throughout the year for a chance to see who will be #1. There is so much criteria that goes into determining the results, from snow quality, to providing a family-friendly experience, terrain quality, accessibility to airports, length of season and après ski activities just to name a few. One of the most important criteria, which all ski areas have in common, and is key to attracting skiers and snowboarders, is snow.

The state of Colorado, known as a skiers paradise, grabbed 6 of the 10 spots in the 2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts. Whistler Blackcomb located in British Columbia, Canada is again leading the way as #1 due to the overall experience that it provides. Deer Valley Resort in Utah, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming and Sun Valley Resort in Idaho round out the final locations.

North America is a vast continent that supports over 600 ski resorts some are located in areas where you might not think skiing or snowboarding may exist. While most of these mountains will never make the Top 10, they all have one thing in common, a chance for skiers and riders to have fun on snow, and create memories that will be shared with family and friends for decades.

A ” Visited ” checkmark has been added to each ranking to indicate which ski areas have been visited and endorsed by Escape2ski based upon our extensive travel to over 150 ski resorts throughout Canada and the United States.

 

1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

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The incredible destination resort known as Whistler Blackcomb is once again proud to claim the #1 ranking for the 2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts. Did you know that Whistler Blackcomb has 16 alpine bowls for your skiing and snowboarding enjoyment.

Vertical Drop – 5280ft / 1609m
Total Trails – 200
Total Lifts – 37
Skiable Acres – 8171
Best Airport Choice – Vancouver Intl Airport
Airport Distance – 85mi/138km

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2. Aspen Mountain, Colorado

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Aspen Mountain has earned a distinct reputation for offering great terrain, snow quality and a the ski town lifestyle that dates back to the 1950’s. Aspen Mountain is one of the few ski areas with an airport almost at it’s back door and a lift ticket is valid at the four Aspen Snowmass ski areas.

Vertical Drop – 3267ft / 996m
Total Trails – 76
Total Lifts – 8
Skiable Acres – 675
Best Airport Choice – Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Airport Distance – 4mi/7km

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3. Deer Valley Resort, Utah

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Deer Valley Resort is not only a ski resort but also a setting for luxury vacations for the entire family to enjoy. The Stein Eriksen Lodge and the Montage Deer Valley are world class accommodations that are just a sampling of the experience that this skiers only resort provides.

Vertical Drop – 3000ft / 914m
Total Trails – 101
Total Lifts – 21
Skiable Acres – 2026
Best Airport Choice – Salt Lake City Intl Airport
Airport Distance – 38mi/61km

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4. Vail Mountain Resort, Colorado

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Vail Mountain Resort provides a skiing and snowboarding experience that is unmatched by most and that will last a lifetime. The Back Bowls and the Blue Sky Basin areas provide unmatched terrain that are serviced by no less than eight chairlifts, including the Skyline Express Lift.

Vertical Drop – 3450ft / 1052m
Total Trails – 195
Total Lifts – 31
Skiable Acres – 5289
Best Airport Choice – Eagle County Airport
Airport Distance – 31mi/50km

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5. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort can be described in one single word, amazing. It has earned a place in the world as ski and snowboard resort that offers incredible views and some of the most challenging terrain, like Corbet’s Couloir with its 40 degree steeps, plus so much more.

Vertical Drop – 4139ft / 1261m
Total Trails – 133
Total Lifts – 13
Skiable Acres – 2500
Best Airport Choice – Jackson Hole Airport
Airport Distance – 22mi/36km

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6. Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

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Beaver Creek Resort provides a luxury experience on and off the mountain. Stroll, dine and even go ice skating in the main village or ski or snowboard over to the Arrowhead Village and stop for lunch. This resort has something for everyone.

Vertical Drop – 3340ft / 1018m
Total Trails – 149
Total Lifts – 25
Skiable Acres – 1832
Best Airport Choice – Eagle County Airport
Airport Distance – 26mi/42km

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7. Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado

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Steamboat Ski Resort holds the trademark on the phrase “Champagne Powder” for a very good reason, when it snows and it does, you’ll find some of the best snow in North America. One area that is a great place to experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding on a powder day is Morningside Park.

Vertical Drop – 3668ft / 1118m
Total Trails – 165
Total Lifts – 21
Skiable Acres – 2965
Best Airport Choice – Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Airport Distance – 28mi/45km

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8. Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado

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Telluride Ski Resort is tucked away in Southern Colorado where gold has turned from yellow to white. The area is rich in history, and the mountain offers incredible terrain, including the hike-to-terrain of the Black Iron Bowl where steeps are waiting for experienced skiers or riders who want a thrill.

Vertical Drop – 3845ft / 1172m
Total Trails – 127
Total Lifts – 18
Skiable Acres – 2000
Best Airport Choice – Montrose Regional Airport
Airport Distance – 68mi/110km

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9. Snowmass Ski Resort, Colorado

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Snowmass Ski Resort is part of the Aspen Skiing Company and is located in the Roaring Fork Valley. The ski resort features a dedicated learning area for those who would like to improve their skills. There are at least five distinct ski and snowboard areas on the mountain to challenge you.

Vertical Drop – 4406ft / 1343m
Total Trails – 96
Total Lifts – 20
Skiable Acres – 3332
Best Airport Choice – Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Airport Distance – 6mi/10km

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10. Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

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Sun Valley Resort rounds out the 2017 North America Top 10 Ski Resorts. The Resort still features two of their iconic properties, the Sun Valley Inn and the Sun Valley lodge which also has a bowling alley when you want a change of pace from the slopes.

Vertical Drop – 3400ft / 1036m
Total Trails – 121
Total Lifts – 18
Skiable Acres – 2154
Best Airport Choice – Friedman Memorial Airport
Airport Distance – 14mi/23km

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