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These are the 10 best ski resorts in North America

Temperatures are cooling, and ski areas all across the U.S. and Canada are gearing up for their winter season. These are the ski resorts that 10Best readers voted as the top 10 across North America.

10. SilverStar Mountain Resort - Vernon, British Columbia

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Well-known for its excellent cross-country skiing, SilverStar also appeals to downhill enthusiasts with 132 runs, 12 gladed areas, 100% natural snow, 3,282 skiable acres and a ski-in ski-out village.

9. Telluride Ski Resort - Telluride, Colorado

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.

8. Lake Louise Ski Resort - Lake Louise, Alberta

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The biggest ski resort in the Canadian Rockies boasts vast and varied terrain that's all easily accessible, with runs for all levels from every chair.

7. Cannon Mountain - Franconia, New Hampshire

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With a summit at 4,080 feet, this is the highest ski area in New Hampshire (it also has the longest vertical drop at 2,180 feet). Visitors enjoy 25 miles of trails spread across 285 skiable acres.

6. Ski Land Ski Resort - Fairbanks, Alaska

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Known by locals for its tree and glade skiing, Ski Land also has a variety of beginner to advance runs. At night, the northern lights come out, offering one of the best shows nature can put on.

5. Kirkwood Mountain Resort - Kirkwood, California

The mountain receives an annual average of 354 inches of snowfall, creating excellent conditions throughout the season. The resort’s five peaks all top out at over 9,000 feet.

4. Mount Bohemia - Lac La Belle, Michigan

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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.

3. Copper Mountain - Copper Mountain, Colorado

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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.

2. Brundage Mountain Ski Resort - McCall, Idaho

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This resort gets more than 320 inches of snow at its base each year. That means skiers and snowboarders enjoy powdery glades and wide groomed runs, as well as 18,000 acres of backcountry terrain.

1. Sunshine Village - Banff, Alberta

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Skiers and snowboarders at Sunshine Village in Banff are treated to Canada’s only heated chairlift. The resort’s three mountains offer more than 3,500 acres of skiable terrain.

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