Winter Wonderlands: North America's Top Ten Ski Resorts

Killington, Jackson Hole, and Whistler & Blackcomb
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By sheer numbers alone, Killington, Vermont (802.621.6867. rules in the East: It offers more lifts, more runs, more vertical feet, and more skiable terrain than any other ski area in the region. From the summit of Killington Peak, beginners can ski down runs as much as 10 miles in length. Killington is best known for its mogul slopes, the steepest in New England; called the Outer Limits, it features bumps that are often taller than skiers.

Jackson Hole
Set beneath the spectacular Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (800.443.6931. boasts stunning scenery and great snow. Yet skiers often pass it over for better-known ski areas in nearby Colorado and Utah. The result is a superior yet underutilized resort with small crowds and short lift lines. More than half the ski area is suitable for advanced skiers, making Jackson Hole one of the best places to push your skills to the limit.
Whistler and Blackcomb
With a combined skiing terrain of nearly 7,000 acres, Whistler and Blackcomb, British Columbia (604.932.4222. together form the largest ski resort in North America. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of skiing for all levels of ability. At the top of the mountains, experts will find steep chutes that debouch into broad powder bowls. And with a mile of vertical feet, advanced skiers can make continuous runs up to eight miles long.

Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 20 Aug 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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