The 25 Best Ski Resorts of 2012

With La Niña back and the East Coast on a five-year blizzard streak, we devised the ultimate ski calendar to help you and your family take advantage. From a boot-deep New England Thanksgiving through spring-break corn snow in the Southwest, the outlook is decidedly epic.

Ripping Utah side-country

Ripping Utah side-country    Photo: Justin Cash

Early Season: November-December
Best New Trails: Sugarloaf, Maine
Best Dawn Patrol: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Best Hike-To Terrain: Crested Butte, Colorado

Midseason: January-February
Biggest Party: Vail, Colorado
Best New Lift: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Best New Glades: Big Sky, Montana

Late Season: March-April
Best Powder: Squaw Valley, California
Best Spring Skiing: Taos, New Mexico
Best Terrain: Snowbird and Alta, Utah

Best Family Resorts
Best Deals on the Mountain
Best Heli-Skiing
Best Rest-Day Activities

Best Ski-Racing Camp
Best Backcountry School

Best Comedy Festival

Best Après-Ski Waterpark

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