Best Ski Resorts: Powder Mountain, Utah

Ideal for off-piste.

    Photo: Courtesy of Powder Mountain Ski Resort

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 500 INCHES
AVERAGE LIFT-LINE WAIT TIME: LESS THAN A MINUTE
THE EXPERT: CHEYENE "VEG" VOLLUM, 27, COOK AT THE RESORT'S LODGE
We get 500 inches of snow a year, but nobody knows how good it is because the resort wasn't in Salt Lake's Olympics. The lift lines stay down because the tourists go to Snow Basin. There are days when it's dumping and I'll ride under some lifts without seeing anybody. Once the aspens under the north-facing Sunrise lift get tracked out—which takes about a week—I'll go heli-skiing on James Peak ($175 per ride; diamond­peaks.com). [Editor's note: You can also hop a snowcat to Lightning Ridge ($15 a ride) and then hike to the top of James Peak.] HOT TIP Get a PowMow ale at Powderkeg, in the main lodge, and stay slopeside at the Columbine Inn (doubles from $80; columbineinnutah.com).

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