Nov 25 2013





Conde Nast Traveler has picked the twenty best ski areas on North America. Here are the top five and you can see the rest here. Over 20,000 readers voted on these areas.

Enjoy the slopes!

1. Telluride


Readers' Choice Rating: 94.1

Terrain: 96.2
Lifts: 97.3
Nightlife: 91.3
Ambience: 95.1
Restaurants: 91.5
Lodging: 92.4

Our readers consider Telluride "the most beautiful mountain town in Colorado with views reminiscent of the Alps," rocketing it to the number one spot in our poll. Readers love the no-line lifts, the steep terrain, and the overall laid-back vibe, adding it's "absolutely the world's greatest ski area when it comes to variety of difficulty." What's more, Telluride is a "fun town to explore," "a little slice of heaven in a gorgeous box canyon."

2. Whistler/Blackcomb


Readers' Choice Rating: 91.8

Terrain: 93.3
Lifts: 87.6
Nightlife: 92.2
Ambience: 94.8
Restaurants: 90.1
Lodging: 93.7

There is "enough terrain to keep you on new trails for a solid week." And after a day of full-force skiing, don't miss out on the après-ski options, because "the bar scene is the most fun part about Whistler," as well as the "fab restaurants." "Whistler has it all, from arts, culture and festivities to the amazing ski and snowboard hills for the avid winter adventurist."

3. Deer Valley


Readers' Choice Rating: 89.7

Terrain: 90.8
Lifts: 93.3
Nightlife: 82.6
Ambience: 89.6
Restaurants: 89.9
Lodging: 95.2

If you're one of those skiers who hates sharing the slopes with snowboarders, Deer Valley might just do it for you. The resort prohibits snowboarding and Nordic skiing. With "the best groomed snow" and the ideal "family-friendly setting," it's "no wonder the whole world skis Deer Valley." One reader said the area is very accommodating and provides "perfect skiing, especially for those over 60 with some physical limitations."

4. Jackson Hole


Readers' Choice Rating: 87.9

Terrain: 92.9
Lifts: 90
Nightlife: 82.5
Ambience: 91.9
Restaurants: 83.7
Lodging: 86.6

Although the terrain is considered some of the toughest and steepest in the country, "Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton Mountains are an American treasure" with "views to die for." Readers "felt at home with the mountains and the scenery," and aside from skiing, the town is "a good size for shopping and eating with enough glitz but not too much to spoil the rustic atmosphere."

5. Aspen Mountain


Readers' Choice Rating: 87.8

Terrain: 83.8
Lifts: 82.7
Nightlife: 88.8
Ambience: 91
Restaurants: 90.8
Lodging: 90.3

The "classy ski mountain" of Aspen showcases "the best grooming and snowmaking in the country." The secret of Aspen is that it is actually a "wonderfully laid-back and fun little mountain town with this big glitzy reputation." Similar to the other mountains on this list, Aspen is "great if you're a black diamond skier." You'll experience "one of the most efficient and fun ski days ever" and afterward you can check out the "good variety of bars" and "sensational restaurants on and off the mountain."