Major resorts in USA

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Keystone

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A satisfying mountain with plenty of comfortable lodgings spread rather too widely around the valley at the base

Killington

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New England’s leading resort, in most respects; good slopes, great après-ski, no real village – for the moment, at least

Mammoth Mountain

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Mammoth may not be mammoth in Alpine terms – from end to end it’s less than one-third of the size of Val d’Isère-Tignes, in area more like one-sixth. But in American terms it’s a decent size,…

Park City

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In 2015, Park City Mountain Resort was linked to next-door Canyons by a new gondola and new runs to form the USA’s biggest linked ski area, with 7,300 acres of terrain. But although it is bigger than…

Smugglers’ Notch

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Fine family fun and three woody mountains of varied slopes; great for beginners too

Snowbird

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There can be few places where nature has combined the steep with the deep better than at Snowbird and next-door Alta. In a ‘normal’ snow year the resorts’ combined area is one of the top powder-pig…

Snowmass

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The slopes of Snowmass are a key part of the attraction of nearby Aspen as a destination. The skiing here is great for all standards. As a base, Snowmass has obvious appeal for families wanting easy cruising…

Squaw Valley

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The neat little car-free base ‘village’ is a pleasant enough place to stay but there’s not much life at night. And keen piste-bashers who like cruising groomed runs will find the ski area limited…

Steamboat

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We dropped Steamboat from our guidebook a few years back, along with several other resorts that lacked support from readers. It’s back because we visited in February 2015, and liked both the hill and…

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