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…
Where to stay: At the Sutton Place Hotel, you can roll out of bed right to the base-area lift.
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.
Where to stay: You can ski to Blackcomb Mountain’s Wizard Express when staying at the Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler.
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.
Where to stay: You have your choice to ski to the Elk Camp Gondola or the Village Express when staying at the ski in ski out Crestwood Condominiums.
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!
Where to stay: Enjoy the conveniences of a hotel, the spaciousness of a condo and the proximity to the Explorer and Swift Current High Speed Quad at the Summit at Big Sky.
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.
Where to stay: Guests of the ski in ski out Teton Mountain Lodge can get a leg-up on the morning Tram line, which is especially long on a powder day.
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
Where to stay: Glacier Mountaineer Lodge puts you just steps from the gondola and offers spacious home-away-from-home condos.
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.
Where to stay: Maximize your vert and stay in downtown Telluride at the charming Hotel Columbia.
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.
Where to stay: Upper Village Condos provide hotel and condo accommodations and convenience to the lifts and the rest of the ski in ski out base-village attractions.
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.
Where to stay: For a reasonably priced location very near the Silver Queen Gondola and high-touch services and amenities, consider the Aspen Square Condominium Hotel.
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.
Where to stay: It’s easy to hop on the Strawberry Park lift when staying at the Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort, which provides an intimate mountain-lodge experience and a host of services and amenities.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.