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Top Areas for Steeps
Longest Runs
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Winter Olympics
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Top Rated Ski Areas
West USA
1  Whistler/Blackcomb, BC 
2  Alta/Snowbird, UT 
3  Jackson Hole, WY 
4  Vail, CO 
5  Squaw Valley, CA 
6  Mammoth Mountain, CA 
7  Aspen/Aspen Highlands, CO 
8  Fernie, AB
9  Big Sky, MT 
10 Snowbasin, UT
11 Park City, UT
12 Kirkwood, CA
13 Steamboat, CO 
14 Crested Butte, CO
15 Kicking Hourse, BC
16 Mt. Baker, WA
17 Telluride, CO 
18 Heavenly Valley, CA 
19 Grand Targhee, WY
20 Bridger Bowl, MT
21 Snowmass (Aspen), CO
22 Red Mountain, BC
23 Breckenridge, CO
24 Alpine Meadows, CA
25 Solitude, UT
__ Lake Louise, AB
__ Taos, NM 
__ Crystal Mountain, WA
__ Alyeska, AK
__ Deer Valley, Utah
__ Sun Valley, Idaho
__ Big Mountain, MT
__ The Canyons, UT
__ Beaver Creek, CO
Lake Louise to Beaver Creek were in top 30 in 2002
- Mountain Stats
More Detail for 60+ areas
(Ranks 1-25 from Nov. 2006 Skiing Magazine, which is based on a combination of objective statistics and subjective opinions from editors, writers and professional skiers. 26-30 from Oct. 2002 Ski Magazine survey sent to 20,000 readers. In several cases there was a big difference e.g. Alta is rated #2 in the Nov. 2002 Skiing , and #27 in the Oct. 2002 Ski Magazine Reader Poll)
East USA (Rank: Skiing/Ski/TimesUnion)
1 Stowe, VT (2/3/1)
2 Mount Tremblant, Que (/1/6)
3 Killington, VT (6/5/2)
4 Sugarloaf, ME (4/7/3)
5 Sunday River, ME (5/10)
6 Whiteface Mountain, NY (10/2/8)
7 Jay Peak, VT (1//6)
8 Smugglers' Notch, VT (3/)
9 Mad River Glen, VT (7//4)
10 Sugarbush, VT (/12/4)
11 Stratton Mountain, VT (/4)
12 Loon Mountain, NH (/6)
13 Cannon, NH (8/18)
14 Waterville Valley, NH (/20/9)
15 Okemo, VT (/9)
16 Seven Springs, PA (/13)
17 Attitash Bear Peak, NH (/8)
18 Wildcat, NH (9/16)
19 Holiday Valley, NY (/11/10)
20 Bretton Woods, NH (/14)
21 Bromley, VT ()
22 Mount Snow, VT (/17)
23 Ski Windham, NY (/19)
24 Hunter Mountain, NY ()
Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec Tuckermans Ravine, NH
Poconos, Pennsylvania
  Blue Mountain
  Camelback Ski Resort
  Jack Frost Big Bolder
  Shawnee Mountain
  Elk Mountain
Mountain Creek, NJ

See: Pennsylvania Ski Area Guide

(Ranks based on a weighted average of several rankings the most recent of which were Nov. 2002 Skiing Magazine Rankings and Oct. 2002 Ski Magazine Reader Survey. The Albany Times Union ratings were done in 2000)
See New England Ski Areas
Midwest USA
1	Nub's Nob, Mich. 
2	Boyne Highlands, Mich. 
3	Crystal Mountain, Mich. 
4	Shanty Creek, Mich. 
5	Giants Ridge, Minn. 
6	Lutsen, Minn. 
7	Boyne Mountain, Mich. 
8	Big Powderhorn, Mich. 
9	Indianhead, Mich. 
10	Whitecap Mountains, Wis
11	Cascade Mountain, Wis
See Also: AtPlay
International Areas See Below

Ratings by Category

Best Family Resorts
* Ski Magazine Jan. 2003   |   † 2002
Steamboat, CO * †
Northstar, CA * †
Grand Targhee, WY *
Winter Park, CO †
Whistler-Blackcomb, BC †
Keystone Resort, CO †
The Canyons, UT †
Smuggler's Notch, VT * †
Bretton Woods, NH * †
Okemo, VT *
Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec †

Most Vertical

Total (ft.) Cont.1 Area
6,200 Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, AK
6,000 Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing, BC
5,280 5,280 Blackcomb/Whistler, BC
4,180 3,400 Big Sky, MT
4,139 Jackson Hole, WY
4,131 Kicking Horse, BC
4,040 3,400 Beaver Creek, CO
3,800 Panorama, BC
3,723 Snowmass, CO
3,590 Mt. Hood, OR
3,530 3,250 Telluride, CO
3,514 Sunshine - Banff, AB
1. Continuous Skiing
Total (ft.) Cont. Area
3,216 Whiteface, NY
3,150 2,000 Killington, VT
2,820 Sugarloaf, ME
2,650 Sugarbush, VT
2,610 Smugglers' Notch, VT
2,360 Stowe, VT
2,340 2,000 Sunday River
2,153 Jay Peak
2,146 Cannon
2,131 Mont Tremblant, Que
Chamonix - Mount Blanc, FR 9,212
Méribel, Fr 7,707
Zermatt, Switz 7,216
Interlaken, Switz 6,888
Verbier, Switz 6,002
Neustift, Aust (Stubai glacier), Aust 5,167
St. Anton (Arlberg area), Aust 4,944
Val d'Isère, France 4,290
Val Gardena, Italy 4,234
Davos, Switz 4,212
Kitzbühel, Austria 3,936
Southern Hemisphere

Top Steeps

Nov. 2002 Skiing Magazine - Areas with best steeps and steepest run listed in area summaries.
Area Run Pitch
Jackson Hole Alta Shutes 55°
Whistler Blackcomb Exhilaration 55°
Alta/Snowbird North Rustler 46°
Aspen Highlands Low Y-Zones 48°
Squaw Valley Palisades 45°
Alyeska New Year's Chute 45°
Crested Butte Dead End Chutes 50°
Taos Stauffenberg 49°
Kirkwood Chamoix 33°
Telluride Genevieve 34°
Mammoth Huevos Grande 59°
Big Sky Castro's Shoulder 50°
Area Run Pitch
Smuggler's Notch Freefall 54°
Sugarbush Rumble 38°
Sugarloaf White Nitro 52°
Mount Snow Ripcord 37°
Cannon Avalanche 59°
Stowe Starr & Goat
AVI Movie
Tuckermans   55° *
Note: Pitches are reported values. There are no rules for over what distance the measure is averaged. The stepest spot on most double diamond runs are 30-35°.
* Most of Tuckermans is 35-40°.

Longest Runs

Zermatt, Switz 10 mi.
Chamonix - Mount Blanc, FR 9 mi.
Interlaken, Switz 9 mi.
Davos, Switz 8 mi
Verbier, Switz 6.5 mi
St. Anton (Arlberg area), Aust 6.3
Neustift (Stubai Gletscher), Aust 6.2
The longest run in most areas is from 4.5-6 mi.
N. America
Killington, VT 10 mi.3,150'
Whistler, BC 7 mi.5,280
Big Sky, MT 6 mi.3,400
Heavenly Valley, CA 5.5 mi.3,500
Taos, NM 5.2 mi.2,612
Jackson Hole, WY 4.7 mi.4,139
Snowmass, CO 5 mi.4,406
Tremblant, Qe 3.8 mi.2,131
Stowe, VT 3.7 mi.2,360
The longest run in most areas is from 2.5-3.5 mi.
The most famous off-piste run in all the world is the Aiguille du Midi at Chamonix, a 12-mile thriller that begins at the top of a cable car unloading at 12,606 feet and ends in the valley, at about 3,500 feet. It is long, steady, incredibly dramatic but not terribly challenging (except for the crevasse-avoidance on the glacier called the Mer de Glace, which is why you need a guide). It's the snow-sliding excursion of a lifetime.

Highest Top Elevataion

AreaHighest Lift *
Chacaltaya, BOL
1 rope tow. May be worlds fastest rope tow.
Mérida, Venezuela
four-stage cable car ride
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China (Hengduan Mountains)
world's highest operational gondola
Gulmarg, Kashmir, India (Himalayas)
Highest chair in the world
Tochal, Iran 13,008
Breckenridge ,CO 12,999
Valle Manantiales, Argentina 12,796
Zermatt, SWI 12,796
Loveland, CO 12,701
Chamonix, FR 12,606
Aspen/Snowmass, CO 12,514
AreaHighest Lift
Arapahoe Basin, CO 12,458
Copper Mountain, CO 12,360
Telluride, CO 12,264
Crested Butte, CO 12,163
Winter Park, CO 12,048
Valle Nevado, Chile 12,041
Pucón-Villarrica, Chile 12,041
Santa Fee, NM 12,002
Keystone, CO 11,982
Taos, NM 11,818
La Parva, Chile 11,812
Saas-Fee, SWI 11,812
Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing, BC 11,600
Jungfrau Region, SWI 11,333
Neustift (Stubai Gletscher), AU 10,960
* Top of Highest Lift
See: SkiResort Svc. International and GoSki Experts


Top Ranked (Nov. 2002 Skiing magazine)
1. Chamonix, France;
2. Verbier, Switzerland;
3. St. Anton (Arlberg), Austria
* Other top 10 (Source

France Haute Savoie |* Chamonix Areas | Chatel | Megeve Savoie Region |* Trois Vallées, France | (Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, | Les Ménuires, Grand Belleville) |* Val d'Isère Areas | Tignes * Portes du Soleil, France/Switz. Switzerland Davos Areas (Klosters) * Jungfrau Region Areas (Grindelwald, Interlaken, Murren, Wengen) St. Moritz Areas * Verbier Areas * Zermatt Areas Austria Tyrol * Kitzbühel Areas * St. Anton (Arlberg) Areas Sölden Innsbruck Areas Innsbruck Neustift (Stubai Gletscher) Salzburg Areas Bad Gastein Saalbach Italy Dolomites * Cortina D'Ampezzo Areas Val Gardena Areas (Sella Ronda) Aosta Valley Courmayeur Areas Cervinia Turin Area Vialattea in Sestrière Germany Bavarian Alps Garmisch - Partenkirchen Oberstaufen, Bayern

More Detail for Europe
Other areas in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Iran, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Yugoslavia at Budget Travel
Europe (cont.)

  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China
  The world's highest operational gondola
  in the Himalayas, made up of 25 six-seater
  gondolas on a 2900 metre long cable way.
  Availability of winter sports is uncertain
  but snow cover is year round. 
Southern Hemisphere
New Zealand
Coronet Peak Areas
Mt. Hutt Areas
The Remarkables Areas
Treble Cone Areas

Perisher, New South Wales
Thredbo, New South Wales
Falls Creek, Victoria
Mt. Buller, Victoria
Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Las Leñas Areas las lenas [12 lifts; 9,200 sph *]
Valle Manantiales [5 lifts; 4,800 sph]
Cerro Catedral (San Carlos de Bariloche) [30 lifts; 22,000 sph]
Cerro Chapelco [12 lifts; 12,000 sph]

Portillo Areas [5 lifts]
Termas de Chillan Areas
Valle Nevado Areas [11 lifts; 34 runs]

Chacaltaya 17,790' 1 surface lift

Mérida, 15,634' no trails,
 ski with guide from top of cable car

* sph - Skiers per hour.

See lists at:

World Rankings Note: These seem to vary from individual region rankings and are very subjective. They tend to rank areas (e.g. Lake Tahoe) rather than individual resort (e.g. Squaw Valley.)
St Anton (Arlberg area)
Lake Tahoe
Val d'Isère
Trois Vallées
Jackson Hole
Bad Gastein

Winter Olympics
1924 - Chamonix, FRA
1928 - St. Moritz, SWI
1932 - Lake Placid, USA
1936 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER
1940 - Sapporo, JPN
1944 - Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA
1948 - St. Moritz, SWI
1952 - Oslo, NOR
1956 - Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA
1960 - Squaw Valley, USA
1964 - Innsbruck, AUT
1968 - Grenoble, FRA
1972 - Sapporo, JPN
1976 - Innsbruck, AUT
1980 - Lake Placid, USA
1984 - Sarajevo, YUG
1988 - Calgary, CAN
1992 - Albertville, FRA
1994 - Lillehammer, NOR
1998 - Nagano, JPN
2002 - Salt Lake City, USA
2006 - Turin, ITA
2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada (Whistler)
2014 - Russia (tentative)

World Cup 2003
AUSTRIA: Altenmarkt | Kitzbuhel | Lienz | Saalbach | Schladming | Soelden | St Anton
CANADA: Lake Louise
FRANCE: Chamonix | Tignes | Val d'isere
GERMANY: Berchtesgaden | Garmish
ITALY:     Alta Badia | Bormio | Cortina | Madonna di C. | Sestriere | Val Gardena
NORWAY: Kvitfjell
SLOVENIA: Kranjskagora | Maribor
SWEDEN:    Are
SWISS:       Adelboden | St Moritz | Wengen
U.S.A.:       Aspen | Park City | Vail
Ski Resorts at About, Yahoo
& Google
ifYouSki at
All Mountain Vacations (EuroSki)
Ski Central
US Ski Areas at
Tahoe Ski Areas
More links below.
Skiing Magazine
Ski Magazine
Ranked by Vertical Feet
See Also:
Ski-n-Ride (World wide)
World Cup
Budget Travel
Epinoins user reviews
Top10s at
ShortLists at
"The Good Skiing & Snowboarding Guide 2000", Peter and Felice Hardy
North America
More Skiing Info here.
Tahoe Ski Areas
Ski Dweeb
Conditions and Ski Cams at RSN Television Network
Downhill Skiing Guide at Gorp
Ski USA at Budget Travel
New England
Nikolas Gregory's New England Ski Resorts at MIT
The New England Ski Guide
Best in the East at the TimesUnion in Albany
Ski Mag. Readers Poll Top 10 for the East (This seems to be an old survey. Results do not match Oct. 2002 results.)

last updated 28 Jan 2007