We recently ranked the best ski resorts in America, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out which one will fit you best.
So we've compiled a list of the best mountains for every type of skier.
From the adrenaline-inducing Colbertís Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to a romantic getaway in the White Mountains, here are the best mountains for every type of traveler.Best For Adrenaline Junkies: Jackson Hole Mountain, Teton Village, Wyoming
Jackson Hole has some intense double-diamond runs, but nothing is quite as terrifying as its Colbert's Couloir.
Named the most intense ski run in the US by Liftopia, the run starts with a massive free fall drop.
Any skier who is willing to attempt the run must start by plunging off of a cliff face onto 55-degree slope, and then immediately turn right to avoid smashing into the face of Precambrian rock.
Needless to say, it intimidates even the most advanced skiers — and many will turn around after looking off the edge.
Best For Millionaires: Snowmass Ski Resort, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is widely consider to be one of the world's top ski destinations, and it is home to some incredible mountains — but it is also quite expensive, and lift tickets usually cost $129.
The city is often reffered to as 'Rocky Mountain playground for the rich and famous,' with its gourmet restaurants, luxurious lodge retreats, and nightlife filled with plenty of celebrity spotting.
Best For Budget Travelers: Cooper Mountain, Cooper, Colorado
Cooper Mountain has 2,465 skiable acres, 140 trails, and is a great value — season passes are $389, which is 21% less than the US average.
But its accommodations also help to make it a great destination for budget travelers.
Hotels near good ski mountains can cost almost $300 a night, but Copper offers Condo-styled accommodations. The condos can sleep plenty of people, and come equipped with kitchens so you won't have the added expense of eating out. It is also easy to walk to the ski lifts.
Best For Advanced Skiers: Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah
Canyons Resort is the fifth-largest ski resort in the country and caters toward a more seasoned skier — 90% of its 182 trails are designed for advanced and intermediate skiers.
Although Canyons is for a most advanced group, the mountain is known for its well-manicured runs and great snow.
Best For Beginner Skiers: Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek in Colorado is a great spot for beginners since it has some of the best ski and snowboarding schools in the country.
The children’s Ski School has a specialized program for young skiers, and they even have a special ‘Buckaroo Express’ gondola to make a kid’s first chairlift ride a little less scary.
Best For Singles: Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, California
Just six hours from L.A., Mammoth offers the best skiing in California with its 3,500 acres of powdery snow.
But the mountain is also known for having a vibrant nightlife and great restaurants for after-ski entertainment, which makes it a perfect spot for singles.
Best For Families: Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in the country — and one of the best places for a family vacation.
Breckenridge has 2,358 skiable acres, and plenty of different trails for every experience level. There are many off-mountain activities for families like ice skating, sleigh rides, and snowmobiling. Breckenridge also has slope-side child care centers and a huge selection of family-friendly lodging properties.
Best For Beer Lovers: Mount Bachelor, Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon, is known for its amazing skiing on Mount Bachelor that has almost 3,700 acres of terrain and gets up to 30 feet of snow annually. The ski resort is also totally secluded — it is located within the Deschutes National Forest, surrounded by 2 million acres of forested wilderness.
But, it is also known for beer.
Bend has highest brewery per capita in the US. There are more than 17 breweries in Bend, and there is even an 'Ale Trail,’ which gives visitors a ‘beer passport’ and a mission to collect stamps from as many breweries as possible.
Best For Couples: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Bretton Woods in the heart of the White Mountains offers some of the best skiing in the east coast, but the main attraction in this area is the infamous Mount Washington hotel.
The refurbished grand hotel is a perfect spot for a couple to relax after a long day on the slopes since it has an incredible outdoor heated pool, a first-class spa, and a basement speakeasy cave.
Best For The Adventurer: Mount Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska
Hidden away in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska, Mount Alyeska is a no-frill ski mountain far from the glam of ski destinations such as Aspen. Mount Alyeska is a challenging mountain, and is mostly reserved for advanced and expert runs.
The best part about this off-the-beaten-path ski spot: the crowds are basically nonexistent.
Best For College Kids: Killington, Vermont
Killington is known for its great mountains and lively young crowds of students who come from New York, Boston, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The mountain is great for college students because it offers an annual "college week," which is filled with discounted parties at various bars and nightclubs.
Best For Group Trips: Vail, Colorado
When traveling in a big group of friends, there is almost always one person who is just never happy with the plans — but taking a group to Vail could change all that.
Vail is ranked as the No. 1 place to ski in America, and has the third-largest mountain in the US with 193 trails and 5,289 skiable acres. In short: there are plenty of different runs and activities for every type of skier.
There are also other activities for groups like ski biking, tubing, terrain parks, night skiing, and shopping. Plus, Vail is home to some of the best après-ski parties.
Best For Snowboarders: Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Olympic Valley, California
As a past Olympic site (host of the 1960 Winter Olympics), Squaw valley has earned a reputation as one of the best places to snowboard in the country.
Squaw Valley is massive and offers great conditions for any level of snowboarder (and skier), but 70% of its terrain is built for beginner and intermediate.
Best For Partiers: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Arapahoe Basin attracts skiers who are just as serious about the slopes as they are about the aprés-ski parties. The terrain is best suited for advanced and expert seasons, and it has one of the longest ski seasons in the country.
There are many local establishments that are known for great drinks, but many will opt to party on "The Beach," which is the parking lot of one of the mountains. People will also ski in elaborate costumes.
Best For Nature Lovers: Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, California
The aptly named Heavenly Mountain is the fourth-largest ski resort in the US, with 4,800 skiable acres. Heavenly is the region’s largest ski area, and has incredible views of the bright blue Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Plus, since it sits on the border of California and Nevada, you can actually ski across the state line.
Best For The Offbeat Skier: Taos, New Mexico
Taos is an interesting place — the town is full of Swiss-style chalets and artist colonies.
The mountain offers steep skiing and challenging terrains, but those who visit Taos will also be drawn to its many art galleries, coffee shops, and interesting inhabitants.
Best For Foodies: Telluride, Colorado
At 4,425 feet, the views from the top of Telluride mountain are incredible.
But the best part about the mountain could be the gorgeous little town it is next to. Although it is a small town, there are plenty of amazing food options. Telluride has everything from upscale wine bars to casual diners — there is even a 'Telluride Food Tour,’ which stops at speciality food shops and local eateries.
Telluride also has a free Gondola ride that takes you to Mountain Village. The gondola goes between the mountains, and take a passenger up 9,500 feet — and there is an incredible restaurant at the top.
Best For Those Who Don't Actually Want To Ski: Park City Mountain, Park City, Utah
Nearly a million visitors come to Park City each year from all around the world for its world class skiing.
But for those who want more from a ski vacation, Park City is also known for its shopping, nightlife, gourmet dining options, ski-in distilleries, and the the infamous Sundance Film Festival.
There is even a 4,000 foot alpine roller coaster and a flying eagle zip line.
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