Get the goods this winter season at these famously deep resorts.
Wolf Creek, Colorado
Nobody beats Wolf Creek in the early season. December storms drop an average of 120 inches of snow on the small, inexpensive southern Colorado resort. And this season, the steepest lines—trails like Alberta Face and Holy Moses—can be accessed by a new high-speed quad, which cuts transit time to just over six minutes.
Powder Mountain, Utah
With more than 7,000 acres, Powder Mountain is the largest resort in the United States. A lot of that is intermediate terrain, but there are short, 35-degree shots in areas like Powder Country and in the cliffy sections off the Paradise lift. The best part? The mountain receives about 414 inches of snow each year, and although it's an hour drive from Salt Lake City, it sees far fewer skiers than the state's big-name resorts.
This season, Alyeska's best lines will be easier to access thanks to the new Chair 6. The mountain's second high-speed quad is way more reliable than the old, ailing lift, allowing powder fiends to better cash in on the mountain's 650 annual inches—the third-highest annual total in the U.S.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
With 500-plus inches of snow each year and the longest vertical drop (5,620 feet) in North America, Revelstoke is always a good bet for in-bounds powder. And if the lifts get skied out, you can always hop aboard a helicopter (from $635) to reach an additional half a million acres. Getting there is no small task—the drive from Kelowna International Airport is just over two hours—but it keeps the yahoos away.
Jay Peak, Vermont
It's known as the Jay Cloud, and it drops around 350 inches on this northern Vermont mountain each year. That's more snow than Vail gets. Glades like Deliverance and Vertigo offer 35 degrees of steeps, and Bushwacker, Kokomo, and Half Moon are perfect for intermediates.
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