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Best Places to Ski in the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Where are the best places to ski in the United States? We cover the best places to go skiing in the United States and highlight some family-friendly spots, places to eat and more.

As an expat or digital nomad, embracing the adventurous spirit of the United States can lead you to some of the world's most renowned ski areas. Whether you're seeking the thrill of challenging slopes or the comfort of family-friendly resorts, the U.S. offers a diverse range of destinations that cater to all ability levels. Here's a curated list of the best ski areas that should be on every snow enthusiast's bucket list.

Vail, Colorado

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Family Friendly: Yes

Vail is not just a ski area but a legendary destination known for its vast terrain, exceptional back bowls, and upscale village atmosphere. It's a place where both beginners and experts can find runs that suit their skill level, and families can enjoy a variety of winter activities beyond skiing, such as ice skating and tubing.

We Recommend: For a unique dining experience, try The 10th, a fine dining restaurant with a view of the Gore Range. It's accessible by skiing or by taking Gondola One, and it offers a modern alpine cuisine that complements the mountain experience.

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near the town of Aspen in Colorado.
Family Friendly: Yes

Aspen Snowmass is a combination of four ski areas, each with its own personality. The resort is known for its high-end boutiques, dining, and après-ski scene, as well as its family-friendly activities, including the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center.

We Recommend: The White House Tavern offers a cozy atmosphere and a menu that includes premium sandwiches and a selection of local beers, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Park City, Utah, just a short drive from Salt Lake City.
Family Friendly: Yes

Park City Mountain Resort, known for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, boasts a large variety of terrain and the charming historic Main Street of Park City. It's a great place for families, with plenty of gentle runs and fun activities for kids.

We Recommend: High West Distillery & Saloon is the only ski-in gastro-distillery in the world, offering a unique experience with its locally crafted whiskeys and spirits, paired with a menu of mountain-inspired cuisine.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: Teton Village, Wyoming, near the Grand Teton National Park.
Family Friendly: Yes, with caution for beginners.

Jackson Hole is famed for its steep terrain, deep powder, and the iconic Corbet's Couloir. While it's a paradise for advanced skiers, there are also options for beginners and intermediates, as well as a range of other winter activities for the whole family.

We Recommend: The Mangy Moose Restaurant and Saloon is an iconic spot in Teton Village, offering hearty meals, live music, and a rustic atmosphere that captures the spirit of the West.

Big Sky, Montana

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Southwest Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.
Family Friendly: Yes

Big Sky Resort is known for its 'Biggest Skiing in America,' with vast and varied terrain that includes everything from gentle slopes for beginners to challenging chutes for experts. The resort also offers numerous family-friendly activities, such as zip-lining and snowshoeing.

We Recommend: For a memorable dining experience, visit Everett's 8800. This on-mountain cabin offers stunning views and a menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and regional specialties.

Mammoth Mountain, California

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Eastern Sierra of California.
Family Friendly: Yes

Mammoth Mountain is beloved for its long ski season and sunny California weather. With a variety of terrain parks, wide-open groomers, and challenging steeps, it's a destination that caters to all. Families will appreciate the ski school and the fun après-ski activities.

We Recommend: The Yodler Restaurant & Bar is a classic Mammoth spot, offering Bavarian-inspired dishes and a lively atmosphere perfect for unwinding after a day on the slopes.

Stowe, Vermont

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Northern Vermont.
Family Friendly: Yes

Stowe is known as the "Ski Capital of the East" and offers a quintessential New England ski experience with its charming village and Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. The resort is family-friendly with a good mix of terrain for all levels.

We Recommend: The Matterhorn Bar is a legendary après-ski spot with a diverse menu, live music, and a reputation as one of the best ski bars in the world.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near Avon, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains.
Family Friendly: Yes

Beaver Creek is a luxury resort known for its impeccable service, groomed trails, and family-friendly atmosphere. It's a place where you can enjoy world-class skiing along with the resort's signature "Cookie Time" in the afternoon.

We Recommend: Splendido at the Chateau offers an elegant dining experience with a menu that features refined American cuisine, an extensive wine list, and live piano music.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Central Idaho.
Family Friendly: Yes

Sun Valley is America's first destination ski resort and maintains a blend of old-world charm and modern luxury. It's a great place for families and skiers of all levels, with consistent pitch and lack of lift lines.

We Recommend: The Pioneer Saloon, affectionately known as "The Pio," is a historic spot with a western vibe, serving up hearty steaks and prime rib in a setting filled with local lore.

Deer Valley, Utah

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Park City, Utah.
Family Friendly: Yes

Deer Valley is synonymous with luxury skiing, offering meticulously groomed runs, high-quality service, and fine dining. It's an excellent choice for families looking for a premium ski experience with plenty of gentle slopes for beginners.

We Recommend: The Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley is an extravagant dining experience, featuring a vast array of fresh seafood, including sushi, crab legs, and a dessert bar to satisfy your sweet tooth.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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