Family Skiing (2)
North Powder, OR
Few ski areas guarantee powder, but they aren't Anthony Lakes. Located in eastern Oregon, 19 miles west of the town of North Powder at the northern tip of the Blue Mountain's Elkhorn Ridge, Anthony Lakes is a small, "purists" playground. Sure, some slopes are groomed, but locals know that they ...
Big Bear Lake, CA
On paper (or these days, online), you peek at those vital numbers that skiers look for in a mountain and Big Bear can't possibly measure up, especially with its northern neighbors in the Tahoe region. A mere 55 runs, a vertical topping out at 1,665 feet, and average yearly snowfall of only 100 ...
Beaver Mountain is a small, family-owned resort located 27 miles from Logan (about 110 miles north of Salt Lake City) in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is not typically considered a destination resort, as its skiable terrain represents just a small fraction of that of its nearby ...
Soda Springs, CA
With a vertical rise of just 500 feet, Boreal's emphasis is on terrain parks rather than expansive terrain, a place where snowboarders and new-school trick skiers in particular can get their kicks. But Boreal's real selling point is as a place for first-timers to learn to ski or snowboard. The ...
Brian Head, UT
Brian Head has the highest base area of any resort in Utah. At 9,600 feet above sea level, it can be dizzying for the sea-level traveler. Brian Head is located approximately four hours south of Salt Lake City in the spectacular southern Utah canyon country. It is surrounded by Bryce Canyon, ...
Mount Hood, OR
If Norman Rockwell had lived in Oregon, he'd have painted the panoramic view of skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the big open bowl that funnels down to the rustic Cooper Spur ski lodge. Nestled into the northeastern slopes of Mount Hood, Cooper Spur Ski Area is synonymous with affordable ...
For a small ski area, Diamond Peak is surprisingly big, standing at 1,840 vertical feet. What I like about Diamond, however, are the views of Tahoe. Stay in nearby Incline Village, ski downhill at Diamond Peak in the morning, and maybe tackle some cross-country in the afternoon at Spooner Lake's ...
Donner is the kind of unpretentious place where it's OK to be out of the loop in the world of winter fashion. People at Donner ski and snowboard in quilted 49ers jackets with blue jeans tucked inside their boots, happily oblivious to the existence of such stuff as technical outerwear. Donner's ...
The small mountain in the heart of the Cascade Range might not look very intimidating in the summer months, but it offers surprisingly good skiing and boarding when blanketed with snow. Situated near the top of Santiam Pass, with spectacular views of the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and Three ...
A money-back guarantee on skiing or boarding? That's the deal at Mount Ashland Ski Area. If after 45 minutes you're not completely satisfied, you get a full-refund voucher to use another day. Not that there are many days that aren't worth the price of a lift ticket. Mount Ashland proves that ...