Oldest Destination Ski Resort in the U.S.: Sun Valley, Idaho (opened in 1936).
First Indoor-Skiing Snow Dome in the U.S.: Meadowlands Xanadu, in East Rutherford, New Jersey (opening in 2007).
Highest Chairlift in North America: Breckenridge, Colorado's new Imperial Express Superchair (top: 12,840 feet).
Lowest Major Ski Resort in North America: Alyeska Resort, in Girdwood, Alaska (base: 250 feet).
Most Innovative Lift in North America: A 575-foot tunnel under construction at Snowbird, Utah, that will deliver skiers via conveyor belt to Mineral Basin.
Highest Annual Average Snowfall of Any Lift-Served Ski Area in North America: 647 inches, Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington.
Longest Ski Season in the U.S.: Timberline, on Mount Hood, Oregon; typically closes around Labor Day.
Most Elbow Room in North America: Montana's Yellowstone Club (motto: "Private powder"), whose 2,200-plus acres are skied by a maximum 864 members at any given time. The hitch? Entry-level price for a must-have homesite is $2 million.
Most Vertical Drop in North America: Mount MacKenzie Resortunder construction outside of Revelstoke, B.C.has 6,100 feet, 800 feet more than Whistler Blackcomb, B.C., the current record holder.
Best Christmas Present Ever: 15 feet of snow in 15 days, from December 26, 2004, to January 12, 2005, at Mammoth Mountain, California. The resort stayed open until the Fourth of July.