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Best ski resort? Readers vote Winter Park

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This is the second win for Colorado's Winter Park Resort

Temperatures are cooling and ski areas all across the USA and Canada are gearing up for their winter season. 10Best wants to know which North American ski resorts are the crème de la crème, so we've asked a panel of skiing and snowboarding experts to nominate their 20 favorite resorts–mountains that offer serious snowfall, varied terrain, lots of lift access and all the desirable amenities in town.

  • Winter Park Resort

    Winter Park Resort
    Winter Park, Colo.

    The 3,081 acres of terrain at Winter Park is divided into seven distinct territories – glade skiing in Eagle Wind Territory, bowls in Parsenn Bowl, jumps and jibs in Terrain Park Territory, steeps and deeps in Cirque, the bumps of Mary Jane, black diamonds of Winter Park and the powder stashes of Vasquez Ridge. Skiers and riders have 166 named trails to choose from, accessed by 25 lifts.
    Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

    Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
    Olympic Valley, Calif.

    Three time winner of the Readers' Choice award for Best Ski Resort sits between Truckee and Tahoe City, where skiers and riders enjoy some 6,000 acres of terrain, including 16 bowls, 270 trails and 42 lifts ferrying visitors to the top of the dual resorts, accessible on the same lift ticket.
    Photo courtesy of Ben Arnst / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • Mount Bohemia

    Mount Bohemia
    Lac La Belle, Mich.

    Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think skiing, but Mount Bohemia is a hidden gem for extreme mountain sports. Located on the Upper Peninsula, this resort features some of the longest runs, highest verticals and deepest powder in the Midwest, with 273 inches of average annual snowfall.
    Photo courtesy of Mount Bohemia

  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort

    Revelstoke Mountain Resort
    Revelstoke, B.C.

    With North America's greatest vertical – 5,620 feet – Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers 3,121 skiable acres, in addition to cat skiing and heli skiing, making it one of Canada's best. Combine that with the area's big powder dumps, and you have a giant playground worthy of any powder hound's bucket list. With 93 percent of the terrain rated for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, this is certainly a resort for adrenaline junkies.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / stockstudioX

  • Copper Mountain

    Copper Mountain
    Copper Mountain, Colo.

    Copper Mountain offers 140 trails serviced by 23 lifts covering 2,490 acres of skiable terrain. The parks and pipes at Copper Mountain put their focus on progression, allowing newbie freestylers to move from easy features to larger, more difficult ones. March is typically the snowiest month – perfect for some spring skiing.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Adventure_Photo

  • Telluride Ski Resort

    Telluride Ski Resort
    Telluride, Colo.

    Once Colorado's hidden gem, the secret is out about Telluride Ski Resort, where 18 lifts service more than 2,000 acres of terrain and 148 trails with a good variety in difficulty level. A 3,790-foot lift-serviced vertical drop means there are plenty of steeps, yet beginners and intermediates have lots of long groomers to enjoy.
    Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort | Kaycee Clark

  • Crystal Mountain Resort

    Crystal Mountain Resort
    Enumclaw, Wash.

    The largest ski resort in Washington State offers a total of 2,600 acres of skiable terrain with more than 50 named runs, many with stellar views of Mt. Rainier. The resort opened in 1962 and has become a favorite with Seattle locals and visitors for its easy access to the city and its average of 486 inches of annual snowfall.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / svetlana57

  • Big Sky Resort

    Big Sky Resort
    Big Sky, Mont.

    Big Sky Resort calls itself the Biggest Skiing in America for good reason. The Montana resort boasts a whopping 5,850 acres of skiable terrain on four connected mountains, 300 named runs and seven terrain parks. Other perks? 400-plus inches of annual snowfall and near non-existent lift lines on the resort's 36 lifts.
    Photo courtesy of Jon Resnick / Big Sky Resort

  • Stowe Mountain Resort

    Stowe Mountain Resort
    Stowe, Vt.

    Divided over two mountains, Stowe Mountain Resort offers East Coast residents and visitors 116 named trails spread out over 485 acres of terrain, much of it geared toward intermediate and advanced skiers. Six terrain parks keep freestylers happy, while four interconnected Nordic areas attract cross country skiers from around the globe.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DonLand

  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

    Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
    Golden, B.C.

    Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia earns rave reviews and a loyal following for its incredible verticals, champagne powder and unique range of terrain. The 3,486 acres of skiable terrain includes the fourth highest vertical drop in North America. Skiers and snowboarders have 120 named runs to choose from, with over half catering to advanced and expert skiers.
    Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

  • Winter Park Resort
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
  • Mount Bohemia
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Copper Mountain
  • Telluride Ski Resort
  • Crystal Mountain Resort
  • Big Sky Resort
  • Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

After four weeks of voting, the results are in. The top 10 winners in the category Best Ski Resort are as follows:

  1. Winter Park Resort - Winter Park, Colo.
  2. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows - Olympic Valley, Calif.
  3. Mount Bohemia - Lac La Belle, Mich.
  4. Revelstoke Mountain Resort - Revelstoke, B.C.
  5. Copper Mountain - Copper Mountain, Colo.
  6. Telluride Ski Resort - Telluride, Colo.
  7. Crystal Mountain Resort - Enumclaw, Wash.
  8. Big Sky Resort - Big Sky, Mont.
  9. Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe, Vt.
  10. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Golden, B.C.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning ski resorts!

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