Alta Ski Resort, Utah

Alta's rep as the place to which all skiers must make a pilgrimage has not been exaggerated. It boasts steep chutes, dense glades, serious bumps and loads of hike-in terrain like the iconic Baldy Chutes. The resort's singular dedication to skiing (no snowboarding allowed!) means that the on-mountain amenities and so-called "essential" upgrades stay refreshingly modest when compared to other resorts in the country. This also helps keep the lift tickets and rustic on-mountain lodging some of the most affordable in all of Utah.

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