Best ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada
By Abigail Wise, David Jefferys and Nina Kokotas Hahn
December 12, 2017, 3:16:30 PM EST
Unsure about where to ski next? Here,Condé Nast Traveler readers rate their favorite ski resorts in North America—think the best trails, lifts and lines, and spots for après-ski.
Before you head out to hit the slopes, find out which mountains came out on top in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards.
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Famously advanced terrain spilling down from a 12,450-foot summit has always been the draw to mystic Taos, where relaxed, spirited, funky, and cool all go hand-in-hand. The resort kicked off a $300 million renovation two years ago, and it has since resulted in a new chairlift to the expert bowls of Kachina Peak, a renovated children’s center and new beginner areas, and dramatic conservation efforts, which have made it the only ski resort in the world to achieve B-Corp certification, a mark of environmental excellence.
Where to stay: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, an 80-room alpine guesthouse that opened in February with ski-in/ski-out access at Taos’ base, a spa with treatments inspired by New Mexico’s native cultures, and Restaurant 192, where charred Brussels sprouts with tamari and cilantro are a must.
Stats: One-day lift tickets average $105; 13 lifts for 111 trails.
The friendliest (and unfriendliest) cities in the world
Best new hotels in the world: The hot list
The most colorful cities in the world
10 best places in the world to retire
The most beautiful small towns in America
10 colorful sand beaches around the world
Jay Peak Resort, VT
East Coast skiers dig the backcountry culture and 100-plus acres of gladed (tree) terrain at this Northern Vermont ski resort, not to mention its above-average annual snowfall at 350 inches. Families can’t get enough of the ice area as well as the massive indoor waterpark with a double barrel Flowrider and lazy river. This month, look forward to the opening of the new 15,000 Clips and Reels recreation center with its 142-seat cinema draught house, arcade with head-to-head basketball and bowling, and climbing facility.
Where to stay: One of 60 new-in-December Golf & Mountain Cottages, primly positioned next to Jay Peak’s new rec center.
Stats: One-day lift tickets average $84; 9 lifts for 79 trails.
More Weather News
After the storm: Dangerous stretch of subzero AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures to grip midwestern, northeastern US
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 1:11:43 PM EST
A polar plunge of brutal cold is following this weekend’s blockbuster winter storm, which can threaten lives and complicate travel and cleanup efforts.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 11:42:40 AM EST
As a storm with snow and ice strengthens, gusty winds and plummeting temperatures will lead to blizzard conditions in many areas of the Midwest this weekend.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 9:29:37 AM EST
While a winter storm churns to their north, residents of the lower Mississippi Valley are facing a severe weather danger on Saturday.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 1:57:20 PM EST
A winter storm is gaining strength over the Midwest and will clobber the Northeast into Sunday with significant, widespread impacts.
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 6:54:47 PM EST
The storm is expected to deliver snow accumulations that could be the largest snowfall of the season in some places.
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 2:18:00 PM EST
As earthquakes shake regions and cause massive, unpredictable destruction, an early warning system that provides a precious few seconds of alert can be a matter of life and death.
State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparations
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 9:05:55 PM EST
A major snowstorm is moving through the Midwest into the Northeast through this weekend, dumping mass amounts of snow and creating treacherous travel. Local officials warn communities to prepare ahead of the dangerous winter storm.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 1:58:02 PM EST
A storm with feet of snow, blizzard conditions, a significant build-up of ice, tree-breaking winds and plunging temperatures will close roads, cause flight cancellations and disrupt daily activities over a large part of the northeastern United States this weekend.