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America's Best Ski Resorts

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Why Go: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is synonymous with expert terrain; what would be considered double black and black diamond runs elsewhere are intermediate trails here. For backcountry-trained skiers and riders, Jackson even has gated access to an additional 3,000-plus powder-filled acres. Highly experienced skiers shouldn’t miss Corbet’s Couloir and the Alta chutes—with its high profile, you can expect to be jeered by lift riders if you take a tumble.

Where to Après: The famed Mangy Moose Saloon hawks local brews like pale Moose Ale from Snake River Brewing Company and serves hearty American dishes such as prime rib and grilled trout with brown butter. Funk-rock concerts pop up through winter, with most shows under $20 and tickets sold at the door.

Photo © Chris Figenshau.

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