Where: Washington

Why: Atop the Olympics, Hurricane Ridge is buried by more than 400 inches of the white stuff annually. That’s perfect for skiers, who ride a single lift (and two rope tows) to its nearly mile-high summit from late December through March to bomb its 10 groomed runs. More adventurous types trek out to the steeps, bowls and glades to find sidecountry powder stashes. Those who look past their tips are treated to a stunning view of the snow-capped Olympics. More Info

Runner-up: Yosemite National Park, California

The first downhill skiing available in California, Yosemite’s Badger Pass also offers 10 groomed runs to adrenaline-thirsty skiers. More Info