For Conde Nast Traveler’s 36th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, voters weighed in on their favorite ski resorts in North America. Colorado resorts once again dominated the list of US ski resorts this year, with three of the four mountains at Aspen Snowmass making the top 10. From Aspen to Alberta, Big Sky to B.C., these ski resorts were picked by readers as the best in North America for their trails, lifts, and après-ski spots. Whether you’re a moguls expert, a terrain park shredder, or a novice still mastering blue runs, these ski resorts ticked all the boxes.
1. Snowmass, Colorado
The most expansive of Aspen Snowmass’s four mountains also has the most lift-served vertical feet of terrain in the U.S., with a 4,406-foot elevation drop and enough variation to make it an all-around hit with families. Investments in the Snowmass Base Village have turned it into a social hub complete with an ice-skating rink and great dining venues. An on-mountain dining options rival what you’d find in Europe.
Where to stay: The former Westin underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation recently reopened as the Viewline Resort Snowmass, Autograph Collection, under Marriott’s Autograph Collection flag, while its sister property, Wildwood Snowmass, got a retro makeover, including a new beer hall. Both properties were branded, designed and procured by The Gettys Group.
23. Big Sky, Montana
In 1973, Big Sky Resort opened with four lifts and less than 20 trails. Fifty years later, with 300+ trails spanning 38 lifts, Big Sky Resort is well, big. The first thing you register when you buckle in at Big Sky is the complete lack of crowds. Its 5,850 skiable acres add up to about an acre per skier on average, so it’s not uncommon to have an entire run to yourself. The mountain has the most consistent powder dumps in the Northern Rockies, which blanket 4,350 vertical feet from Lone Peak and more than 2,300 acres of beginner and intermediate slopes. Thanks to the Big Sky 2025 investment initiative, it also has some of the most technologically advanced chair lifts, including the new Lone Peak Tram, transporting skiers to the 11,166-foot summit. And now it’s easier than ever to get to nearby Bozeman, with nonstop flights from 19 U.S. cities.
Where to stay: The Summit Hotel in Mountain Village designed by The Gettys Group is steps from the resort’s base area and has a front-row seat for the morning alpenglow on Lone Mountain.