1. Revelstoke, B.C.
Boasting an incredible 5,620 feet of continuous lift-served vertical in North America, Revelstoke takes the cake for longest vertical descent. This British Columbia ski resort is also renowned as a vortex for snow storms. Just think. Longest vertical and deepest snow…
2. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Holding the North American record for the most terrain, Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is certainly expansive, but it has also boasts some serious vertical. Blackcomb Mountain drops 5,280 vertical feet (or a vertical mile) and Whistler Mountain records a 4,978-vertical-foot descent.
3. Snowmass, CO
The Colorado Rockies’ Elk Mountain Range is nothing to sneeze at. Some of North America’s highest peaks are found in this region and Snowmass ski resort sits among them. Snowmass enjoys a family-friendly reputation, but what most don’t know is that the resort offers a significant vertical descent, 4,406 feet to be exact.
4. Big Sky, MT
Atop the famed Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky Resort skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 4,350 vertical feet of lift-served terrain spread out over a staggering 5,750 skiable acres (making it the largest ski area in the U.S.). Talk about big!
5. Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole‘s tram whizzes skiers and snowboarders to the resort’s summit, which provides 4,139 vertical feet of descent and the most continuous lift-served skiing in the U.S.
6. Kicking Horse, B.C.
Kicking Horse packs a punch in more than one way. With 4,133 vertical feet of lift-accessed skiing and some of British Columbia’s rowdiest terrain, you can bet you’ll be in for a ride
7. Telluride, CO
Colorado’s San Juans are massive, beautiful mountains so it comes as little shock that Telluride’s lift-served terrain drops an incredible 3,845 feet vertical feet to its base area.
8. Panorama, B.C.
Powder Highway’s Panorama ski resort offers skiers and snowboarders consistent snow and a continuous 3,820 vertical feet of lift-served terrain.
9. Aspen Highlands, CO
Guests can hike Aspen’s famous Highland Bowl for an incredible view and a 4,292 vertical decent, but those who enjoy the comforts of a chairlift still have 3,572 feet of terrain to enjoy.
10. Beaver Creek, CO
Although Beaver Creek is known as a haven for groomer-lovers and families, the resort ranks among the longest lift-served vertical descents in North America at 3,340 feet (continuous), but 4,040 feet can be enjoyed via human-powered access.
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