In the words of George R.R. Martin, "winter is coming," and 10Best is ready to hit the slopes. During our 2018 Ski & Snowboard Readers' Choice Awards, we asked our readers to vote for the best alpine and Nordic ski areas, ski towns, hotels and après-ski hot spots across the United States and Canada. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners.
Best Ski Town: Jasper, Alberta
This former railway town offers convenient access to Jasper National Park — Photo courtesy of Jasper
With half the annual visitor count of nearby Banff, Jasper offers a decidedly laid-back and unpretentious base for winter adventure. This small community got its start as a railway town. Today, it's the gateway to Jasper National Park and a place where skiers and snowboarders come to soak in natural hot springs and eat at one of the many local restaurants.
Best Ski Resort: Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colo.
Skiers and boarders at Winter Park have 166 named trails to choose from — Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort
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.
Best Cross-Country Ski Resort: Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colo.
This winning resort sits at the base of Colorado's continental divide — Photo courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch
Nearly 65 miles (120 km) of groomed trails at the base of Colorado's continental divide make Devil's Thumb Ranch a favorite for skate or classic cross-country skiing. Beginners can sign up for private or group lessons, while more advanced skiers can push themselves in advanced technique clinics.
Best Ski Hotel: Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village, Colo.
Guests of the Viceroy Snowmass enjoy ski-in ski-out service — Photo courtesy of Viceroy Snowmass
The Viceroy Snowmass, situated near downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, offers ski-in, ski-out luxury lodging with amenities like a heated pool, spa pools, three on-site restaurants, full-service spa, fitness center and free shared transportation to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. In-room offerings like pillow-top mattresses, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs set the scene for a perfect winter vacation.
Best Après-Ski Bar: Double Diamonds Bar in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Steamboat Springs visitors can hit the dance floor at Double Diamonds Bar — Photo courtesy of Creative//Werd and GTR Photography
A true late night party spot in Steamboat Springs, Double Diamonds Bar is known for mixing some of the least expensive après-ski drinks in town. Brats and sandwiches satisfy hunger, and there's a dance floor, perfect for late night antics just across the street from the mountain base shuttle stop.
Congratulations to all these winter winners.