Top U.S. Ski Destinations: Part 3 of 3

The snow is falling, your skis are waxed and the season has started so here is our final post in a three part series on the best ski resort destinations in the U.S. We've already described what makes Bend, Taos, Wolf Creek and North Conway great spots for skiing and snowboarding. In this final installment of the 3-part series we give you two more of our favorites.

Telluride, Colorado


Where do I begin? Telluride offers beautiful scenery, amazing terrain, soft powdery snow and the town really comes alive at night. Located off the beaten path in the San Juan Mountains in South Western Colorado, Telluride receives over 300 days of sunshine a year and plenty of dry powdery snow. It is the best of both worlds plus the more isolated location away from the crowds on Colorado's Front Range leaves this amazing terrain available for those searching for an epic ski vacation.

Telluride Ski Resort boasts the most difficult terrain that is serviceable by lifts in the U.S. plus there is plenty of blue and green groomed trails for beginners. With over 3,800 feet of vertical drop you are sure to get in all the skiing your legs can handle. The views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains are breathtaking and make an excellent backdrop for the ski vacation of a lifetime.

What to do After Skiing

Telluride hosts the world famous Bluegrass Festival, a Blues and Brews Festival, a Jazz Festival and many other fun events throughout the summer and fall. The locals know how to party and that continues through the winter months too. Whether you choose to catch some live music at the Fly me to the Moon Saloon or the Sheridan Opera House, browse the local art galleries or eat at a nice restaurant Telluride offers plenty of après-ski options.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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How could we leave this amazing ski experience out of this list. Jackson Hole is a huge mountain with various terrain for all experience levels. The snow is deep, the landscape is unbelievably beautiful, and the relaxed feel of this western town is perfect for your ski getaway. You'll enjoy over 4,100 feet of vertical drop on over 2500 acres of in-bounds terrain and open backcountry gates allow you to access and additional 3,000 acres of terrain. With 116 named runs on the two mountains that make up Jackson Hole Resort you'll be worn out long before you ski it all.

What to do After Skiing

Teton Village, Wyoming offers many wonderful options for après-ski entertainment and the town of Jackson, WY is only 12 miles away. In Jackson you'll find an excellent microbrewery and restaurants at all price levels. The family will enjoy exploring the unique shops and chowing down at local restaurants.

Make it Affordable

As we've said in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, book your vacation early, pack your own lunch to avoid resort priced lunch on the mountain and book lift tickets and lodging as a package to bring down the cost of your dream ski vacation. Also, if you are feeling luck sign up for the Sierra Trading Post giveaway. We are giving away a 7-night stay at the Teton Mountain Lodge with air fare, lift tickets and a Sierra Trading Post shopping spree.

Wherever you choose to ski or snowboard this season we hope you have a lot of fun. Be sure to check out our other two lists of our favorite ski resorts and if you want any information for caring for or picking our ski gear check out our YouTube Channel for some great ski maintenance videos and the Sierra Trading Post Buying Guide for more information on gear.

*Featured image by gmiphone. This image was modified.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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