Each winter, skiers and snowboarders from around the world hit the slopes of North America to enjoy some epic snow.
To help our readers plan the perfect skiing or snowboarding getaway, 10Best asked a panel of ski and snowboarding experts to nominate their 20 favorites in the following categories: Best Ski Resort, Best Cross-Country Ski Resort, Best Ski Town, Best Ski Hotel and Best Après-Ski Bar.
For the past four weeks 10Best and USA TODAY readers have been voting daily for their favorites and the results are in.
Best Ski Resort: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in Olympic Valley, Calif.
Situated between Truckee and Tahoe City, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and has only gotten better since then. Skiers and riders enjoy more than 6,000 acres of terrain, including 16 bowls, more than 270 trails and 42 lifts ferrying visitors to the top of the dual resorts, accessible on the same lift ticket.
Best Après-Ski Bar: Cuzzins Bar & Grill in West Dover, Vt.
For après-ski at Vermont's Mount Snow, skiers head to Cuzzins Bar & Grill. This bar and restaurant pours a great selection of microbrews to the sounds of live music on weekends. Located in the Main Base Lodge, Cuzzins also serves a large menu of comfort foods, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps and soups.
Best Cross-Country Ski Resort: American Birkebeiner Trail in Hayward, Wis.
The American Birkebeiner Trail is 62 miles (over 100 kilometers) long and is located in Northwestern Wisconsin. In addition to hosting the American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest cross-country ski race – 50K Skate & 55K Classic races, the Birkie Trail boasts 8 Trailheads with warming cabins. The American Birkebeiner Trail attracts skiers of all ages and abilities.
Best Ski Hotel: Hidden Moose Lodge in Whitefish, Mt.
The slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort lie just minutes from the front door of Hidden Moose Lodge, a rustic mountain B&B complete with a river rock fireplace, outdoor hot tub and a spacious outdoor deck. Each guest room features a different Montana theme, and all enjoy private decks. Other amenities include complimentary evening drinks and a ski shuttle to the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Best Ski Town: Taos, N.M.
The best ski towns offer way more than convenient access to the mountain. Many of these towns and small cities are steeped in heritage and a sense of authenticity. Many have a friendly, laid-back vibe. Many offer attractive amenities, like ski-in, ski-out lodging. All are appealing destinations, both on and off the slopes. What's your favorite ski town?
Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in other categories, and keep this page handy as you plan your winter sports getaways.