Winter is coming, and it’s time to start planning your ski trips for the upcoming season. While that means some serious fun, you’ll need to do some serious planning and research to make sure you get a spot. Today, we’re giving you some options by ranking the top 5 North American ski resorts. You can choose from these.
Here’s the scale we used to rank the resorts:
1. Previous year’s snowfall.
2. Size of resort/runs.
3. Access to great accommodations.
As a bonus I’ll be giving you some insight on the best places to stay in the area. Also, if you’ve got some other suggestions that were left off of this list, I’d love to hear what they are and why you think they should be on this list.
1) Best Ski Resort For 2015-2016 — Canyons Village at Park City – Utah
Combining the former Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resorts, this mega resort is now one of the largest in the country. It’s top elevation sits at 9,900 sq ft and is home to over 4,000 acres of beautiful snowy paradise. It’s got 21 ski lifts and came in second in overall snowfall. The best accommodations for price, location and value is the Waldorf Astoria with daily functions, parties, family oriented, constant mountain shuttles. The city even has free public transportation for everyone.
2) Best Ski Resort for 2015-2016 — Vail – Colorado
Vail is consistently one of the most popular ski resorts on the planet. This past year was no exception and well founded reason for our number 2 spot with 4th place in snowfall, 4.5 square miles of the most diverse terrain around and over 8,000 ft in elevation. The upcoming winter locals say will be the best in a decade. For accommodations, there are lots, but we’ve found Vail Cascade to be the most reasonably priced and located in the center of everything.
3) Best Ski Resort for 2015-2016 — Whistler – British Columbia
Whistler is a giant, known by everyone in the industry. If you’re new to skiing, it’s a lot to take in. There are 16 huge bowls sprinkled across the sky, and filled with snow in the winter. It’s ranked 1st in snowfall in 3 of the 5 previous winter’s and has 200+ runs. The elevation is over 7,000 sq ft and you get a bonus mountain, Backcomb with it. If you’ve got a family and enjoy a luxury level stay, check out the Four Seasons. It’s not cheap, but it’s in an unforgettable location and has tons of things to do. Amenities are top notch including numerous pools, adventure travel activities & restaurants.
4) Best Ski Resort for 2015/2016 — Deer Valley – Utah
Our second Utah resort area made this list with this massive Alpine region mountain. Deer Valley has been home to millions of vacationers looking for the perfect run. With over 9,500 ft in elevation it’s one of the tallest places in the area.
It’s also come in 5th on the annual snowfall report and consistently has good snow to ski when other mountains don’t. It’s got over 2,000 acres of fresh snow to ski and it’s longest run is almost 3 miles. I like the St Regis there. Just around the corner are literally dozens of Park City options. The city itself has fully equipped to hold masses of people with it seaming cramped, so choose at will. But choose early, winter season fills up fast!
5) Best Ski Resort for 2015-2016 — Whitefish – Montana
While Whitefish might have a smaller lift system (11 lifts), and may have less runs than our other picks (93), it’s quite possibly the most adrenaline induced ski adventure you can go on. Elevation is at almost 7,000 ft and a lot of the runs are at the top. It also doesn’t hold as much of a crowd, so if a more private setting is your style, Whitefish is for you.
Whitefish is known for beautiful homes, so if you can, find something and get an at home feel to your holiday. This is my personal favorite place on the list. This winter should be a big one, the last few have had some challenges with weather moving in places it typically doesn’t, but if you keep this list handy, you’ll find a great place to ski this winter.