Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Experts

Are you ready to challenge new terrain this season? Our Destination Experts can find you the black diamond powder you’re looking for. Whether you like hiking into fresh powder on steep terrain or tackling the most challenging moguls, these resorts offer exciting challenges for advanced skiers. Check out these numbers for our top picks:

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Jackson Hole, WY

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Boasting a vertical of more than 4,000 feet and notoriously known for its steep terrain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the true playground of freeskiers. Prepare for a 20 minute hike to reach The Headwall and Casper Bowl, both of which are inbounds despite the climb. For both a steep and long trail, try the popular Hobacks but come early for the fresh powder.

Sunshine Village, AB, CAN

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With names like “Delirium Dive”, “Freefall” and “The Wildwest”, the slopes of Sunshine Village in Banff, Canada, are the stomping grounds of extreme riders. Sunshine Village is rated high for mogul slopes and extremely difficult, steep terrain perfect for freeriders. With some of the most extreme lift-accessed inbounds terrain in the world; plan to bring your required avalanche equipment!

Winter Park, CO

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Located about 67 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park is home to amazing tree skiing and extreme mogul running in a stunning high alpine setting. With over 52% of the terrain in the black, choices are limitless for exciting runs through steep glades and wide open alpine bowls. Head over to Mary Jane and take a ride to the top of Parsenn Bowl for a spectacular 360* view before tackling the steep terrain at Varquez Cirque.

Telluride, CO

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Telluride locals will boast they have the steepest, deepest and most diverse terrain in North America and they aren’t far from the mark. Telluride is heavenly paradise for advanced skiers. Difficult runs can be had in the Revelation Bowl and along the Apex and Gold Hill lifts. If you love an adrenaline rush, try going up to Palmyra Peak at 4060 meters then hit the run. It winds through extremely steep rock furrows to the valley. Try “The Plunge” next. It boasts a 3,140 vertical drop with breathtaking views of the town below.