Best Ski Resorts: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ideal for powder.

    Photo: Courtesy of John Layshock/Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 459 INCHES
THE EXPERT: TRAVIS RICE, 27, X GAMES SNOWBOARDING GOLD MEDALIST
I was raised in Jackson. Two things make it great. First, it has consistent, steep pitch, and now that the tram is running again you don't need to take multiple lifts to access the best terrain. Second is the snow. Usually, when we have a storm, it comes with a little wind, and that helps pack it down just enough, but it still stays light. We'll get a couple of inches of snow with wind and it resets the entire mountain. [Editor's note: It's also really cold. Bring an insulated ski jacket.] Jackson is laid out great: As you ride down, it's ridge after mountain ridge. The key is to go into the north-facing trees. HOT TIP If you want to dine regally, there's this epic Italian spot called Osteria, in the Hotel Terra (hotelterrajacksonhole.com).

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