If you are an Alpine ski or snowboarding enthusiast, the United States has some of the best winter resorts in the world. While the Rocky Mountains and nearby ranges are considered the mecca for world-class ski resorts in the US, the mountains of New England should not be overlooked.


Both areas offer a wide variety of trails for all levels and skillsets for skiing and boarding. The resorts mentioned here also have all the amenities and accommodations to make the most of your ski vacation.


Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado


Aspen is massive. It has four ski areas to appeal to all levels of skier: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. The area boasts approximately 25 feet of annual snowfall. Most of that is fresh powder for the best skiing terrain.


This area caters to international and local jet setters. To be sure, Aspen and Snowmass Village are upscale with comfortable hotels, spas, fine dining, and luxury shopping. Getting to Aspen/Snowmass is easy, as there is a local airport with 150 flights during peak ski season.


Park City Mountain Resort, Utah


Park City is another impressively large resort with 17 peaks within 7,300 acres. While it is possible to find some challenging runs, this resort is geared more toward intermediate and beginner skiers and snowboarders.


The town itself is also more affordable and accessible to all. Salt Lake City is only one hour away, so that you can find even more affordable lodgings and eateries. Park City Mountain Resort is a charming, historic area with plenty of small shops and excellent après-ski food and beverage options.


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming


Jackson Hole is situated in the Grand Teton Mountain Range and is for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Black diamonds prevail. The Corbet’s Couloir trail is a double black diamond that challenges even the best of skiers. There are also a variety of terrain parks.


Annual snowfalls at Jackson Hole Hole of around 38 feet offer plenty of powder all winter. When your day ends, head into the cowboy-themed town of Jackson for good western food and excellent accommodation options. There is an airport with flights from all over the states.


Stowe, Vermont


If you are an east coast skier, you undoubtedly have heard of or experienced Stowe. Stowe is nestled into Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in New England. Stowe can get up to 26 feet of snowfall each year. To ensure that there is a good base, Stowe has snowmaking capabilities covering 83 percent of the trails. The mountain welcomes all levels of skiers.


The town of Stowe is low-key and laid back. But don’t let that fool you. There are some great restaurants, inviting country inns, and quaint shops.

Scott Gelbard