In just a few short weeks, lifts will be turning at mountains all around North America, shuttling eager skiers and boarders up to their favorite trailheads. Bars and restaurants will be serving up the best in local meals and beers, ski shops will be outfitting beginners and experts alike and hot tubs will be roaring at the end of the day for sore powder hounds.
All of those amazing ski season pillars and we haven’t even gotten to the best part—actually shredding on fresh powder. Whether you prefer skiing or snowboarding, the terrain park or the backcountry, the east or the west, the one thing we can all agree on is that we’re all impatiently waiting for the season to begin in full force.
It is perhaps the best time of year—possibilities are endless, and by “possibilities,” of course we mean the potential trips you’ll be planning in search of the freshest powder and the craziest trails. With more than 600 ski areas throughout the continent, even the most insane powder hounds will have their hands full this season. That’s part of the reason why we’re narrowing it down again this year.
Last year we asked you, our readers, to rate 80 of the best resorts from around the continent and let us know which is your favorite. We asked about the terrain, the snow, the après-ski scene, the family friendliness and how good the mountain was for boarders; and this year we’re doing it again, only better.
We’ve included more than 100 mountains in this year’s contest to find out which of the resorts is truly the best on the continent. From the famous massive mountains out west to some of the smaller gems hidden away in the east, we’ve compiled a list of stellar ski areas and we want you to tell us which mountain you think is the best of the best.