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Three of the Best USA Ski Resorts

If you’ve got a taste for the slopes and a love of the cold white stuff, then a trip to the USA promises some unrivalled ski resorts. Let's take a look at three great resorts you might not know about in order to get you started.

Tamarack Resort, Idaho

Despite being dubbed one of America’s best ski resorts, Tamarack has never had the international renown of similar locations. It tends to attract professionals rather than the jet set – international sports champions Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf are both regular visitors.

“Tamarack Resort offers perfect skiing for the family with plenty of space and different runs for skiers and snowboarders,” says Agassi. “Stefanie and I spent most weekends here last season with the kids. It is a fantastic resort which is gaining a great reputation for excellent skiing and snowboarding and being recognised as one of America’s finest.”

The mountain terrain is great for seasoned skiers. It boasts a 2,800 metre vertical drop, complete with seven lifts and 41 runs spreading across 1,100 lift-accessed acres. Snowboarders are also well catered for – freeriders will love the ‘Hells Canyon’ SuperPipe, an Olympic-calibre slope at 22-feet high and 45-feet long with an angle of 16 degrees.

Mount Baker

Truly undeveloped and uncrowded, if you want to feel like you have the slopes all to yourself then Mount Baker is the place to go. The resort only has a few lifts, but it gets more snow than any other in North America so the tracks are always pristine.
Mount Baker holds a number of snowfall records, including a massive 303 inches in February of 1999. However, if it’s luxury accommodation you’re after then you may do better going elsewhere – the resorts has no base village or overnight accommodation and only one small, but friendly, day lodge. In other words, skiers come to Mount Baker for the snow, not for the social life.

Due to the powder snow and the lack of infrastructure, Mount Baker is mainly suited to advanced skiers. Within the resort the largest vertical drop is 1,500 feet, but off-piste skiers fitted with avalanche gear can ski in stunning terrain just outside the resort’s boundary.

Crested Butte

Don’t be put off by the slightly unappealing name – Crested Butte is a beautiful and unspoilt Colorado mountain town with access to some of the steepest lift-served terrain in the USA. Author and extreme skier Lito Tejada-Flores calls nearby resort Extreme Limits “the best adventure skiing in the Rockies”, and off-piste skiers will love the avalanche controlled but ungroomed slopes.

Unlike some of the more popular USA ski resorts, Crested Butte is not right on the interstate – but if you’re serious about skiing then this shouldn’t deter you. The resort is also great for less experienced skiers, who can head to the 2,600 feet DC Canaan Terrain Park to work on their skills.

Kids and absolute beginners will love the Kid’s Park, which includes beginner features like rails, tabletops, rolls and a mini halfpipe. And if your kids aren’t tired enough after a day of skiing, the children’s tubing hill is available for nighttime tubing.

When the day is done there is plenty of opportunity to unwind and chill out in luxury accommodation. The resort has a good mix of condominiums, lodges, cabins and hotels to suit every budget. If you’re working with limited funds then try Crested Butte International Hotel, which offers dormitory rooms for incredibly cheap prices. Otherwise, The Ruby of Crest Butte is a great upmarket B & B in a beautiful location, which gives you the opportunity to sink into a hot tub when you get back from the slopes.

Skiing holidays area reputed for their upscale prices; however, checking out a comparison site like Travelzoo can put in the direction of cheap flights.