America's Best Ski Resorts
From the slopes of glitzy Aspen, Colorado to the steep terrain of Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, here are the country's best destinations for ski vacations. Plus, the best après-ski spots to eat after a day on the slopes. —Heather Allan
Why Go: Loved by mogul fanatics, this mountain has some of the steepest terrain in the US but lacks the lift lines and crowds typical in California and Summit County, CO. Adrenaline junkies flock to Big Couloir, a no-room-for-error run that requires avalanche gear and signing in with ski patrol. Despite the expert reputation, Big Sky is surprisingly family-friendly: Kids 10 and under ski for free (two per adult).
Where to Après: The slope-side Carabiner Lounge serves lamb meatballs and ribs, plus game meats like bison steak and wild-boar sliders.