by Billy Kirk October 23, 2017

There are some seriously pretty resort towns out there, sure, and everybody enjoys swanky lodging and yummy eateries.



But for many skiers and snowboarders, it’s all about the slopes. Quality of terrain and powder, availability of lifts, exclusivity, and just general gnarliness are the ultimate factors, and with that in mind, we’ve handpicked 5 of the sickest ski resorts in America just in time for winter.

Oh, and it also just happens to dovetail with the pre-sale of our new Blenders snow goggles line (Wed., Oct. 25!). A happy coincidence, to be sure!

 

1. Telluride Ski & Golf Club | Mountain Village, CO 

Image Credit: Visit Telluride 

We’re starting off somewhat chill and ramping up from here.



Telluride offers skiers and snowboarders a total of 2,000 acres to carve, and while the town was apparently named after a non-metallic element (exciting, right?), locals say its real nickname is “to hell you ride.” That’s because there are some killer trails here—148, to be exact—with a 4,425-foot vertical drop on display. Still, this is considered an “all-around” resort, too, and nearby Town Park offers recreation (camping, fishing, swimming, basketball, tennis, and music festivals) and rowdiness (bars)! Good times for all.

 

2. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort | Jackson, WY



 

We’re jumping straight into the most expert spots now, because screw it, we promised you sick slopes and we’re going to deliver.



Although recent years have seen the addition of intermediate runs, Jackson Hole is renowned for its expert terrain. There are incredible fall lines, the new Teton lift, and a gondola that spans 2,500 feet. Oh, and there’s a sizable, inexpensive summer season and fantastic lodging in the area, to boot, as well as cutesy shops and eateries.



 

3. Snowbird Ski Resort | Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

2,500 acres. 3,240 feet of vertical. 169 runs. 13 lifts. Oh, and one of the fastest trams, bottom-to-top, around. 



Yeah, pack your snow goggles, because there’s a lot for serious boarders and skiers to dig about Snowbird in Utah. Renowned for high-quality powder that stays cold thanks to the significant amount of north-facing terrain, there’s also plenty of “hidden” chutes and glades for the more adventurous among you to discover. Plus, the recent opening of The Summit lodge at the mountain’s uppermost ridge complements the existing Cliff Lodge at the bottom, and offers a slick, contemporary style.

 

4. Squaw Valley Ski Resort | Olympic Valley, CA



Image Credit: Squaw Valley

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is one of the U.S.’s biggest ski areas. There’s a whopping 3,600 acres of terrain to make into your personal playground, complete with 2,850 feet of vertical. Unlike designated, American-style trails, many of the bowls are devoid of trees, offering the novelty of European-esque open spaces to shred. Tons of black and double-black trails can be had, although if you do need a break from the breakneck daredevil pace and style, roughly 45% of the available terrain is suitable for intermediates.

 

5. Silverton Mountain | Silverton, CO 

Silverton. Doesn’t. F***. Around.



This is a truly standout resort. The slopes are raw and unforgiving, with many offering terrain that you’d only normally come across in the backcountry. There’s only one ski lift to the 1,819-acre area, which is the highest North America has to offer, what with its 13,487-foot peak. Facilities are literally housed in a tent and transportation includes a converted school bus, and if you like trees, well, you got ‘em, baby!



The extra-great thing about Silverton, though? Few people. It’s just you and the powder.



Check back on Wednesday to hear all about our new snow goggles! We can’t wait to share ‘em with ya.

Billy Kirk
Billy Kirk