Winter is here to stay. This season you can huddle in your home and wait out the latest incarnation of the polar vortex, or you can take advantage of the massive storms that have been hitting the entire country and get out on your skis or board. Sure, you could book a week at one of the mega-resorts and spend your entire vacation wandering around a pre-packaged ski town, but you’re a smarter adventure junkie than that. We’ve got a short list of the very best ski resorts that should be on your radar for some really adrenaline fueled winter travel.
Alta, Utah: Skier’s Paradise
Founded in 1938, Alta is one of three remaining resorts in America that ban snowboarders. The first thing you’ll notice about skiing at Alta is the snow. They average 500 inches of world renowned Utah powder. Whether you’re spinning laps on the famed Mt. Baldy chutes, or in a for mellow day riding some of the easier runs with family, Alta has a terrain balance perfect for skiers of all abilities. At the end of the day though, you need to find a local to help you navigate the tricky traverse for a quad burning run down “High Rustler”, one of the steepest in-bounds runs in the country. After a full day of chasing untracked powder, you’ll have earned those apres-ski beers.