Because there’s nothing really like coming down that slope to see the endless white of snow around you, and the mountain ranges in the distance. Skiing is one of the best parts of the winter, but also, it’s an activity and sport that can be enjoyed year round. And springtime is as perfect as any to grab your skis, and shred powder.
Here at FlightNetwork, we searched across Canada and the U.S. to find the top ski resorts in 2018. Each one brings something unique to the table, and there’s more than one choice for every level of ski expertise. Ready to hit the slopes? Then check out the list below. We’ll see you at the lodge.
On a remote island in Southeast Alaska lies a ski experience unlike any other. With 640 skiable acres, four double chairlifts, and 36 named runs, Eaglecrest Ski Area has both the terrain and ski experience for all levels. If you’re looking to learn, the award-winning Snowsports Schools will teach you everything you need to know. The island itself—Douglas Island—is about 12 miles from downtown Juneau, and averages about 300 inches of snowfall per year. That gives you plenty of powder to work with. Tickets for an individual day pass start at $52, and the season runs from December to April.
Nestled in the mountains of Superior, Wisconsin, and overlooking the majestic St. Louis River, the Mont du Lac Resort has offered a quality ski experience for generations, teaching skiers both young and old. The groomed slopes are perfect for the entire family, with nine runs that vary in difficulty, the longest spanning 3,000 feet with a 325-foot vertical. Once you’re finished skiing, it gets even better: the newly finished Trophy Lodge at the top of the ski hill is one of marvel, made of hand-selected western red cedar from the coast, massive stones from Montana, and Douglas fir beams, making it one of the grandest log structures on the continent. Lift tickets here start at $39.99.
Michigan isn’t the first place most people think of when with skiing, but in fact, with a significant amount of lake effect snow and a variety of terrain, it’s one of the spots around. Especially at Schuss Mountain, in Bellaire, which is home to two ski mountains, nearly 40km of trails, beginner and moderate slopes, and an alpine tubing park. As part of the Shanty Creek Resorts, Schuss Mountain is also just a great place to vacation, with hundreds of lodging options and a number of places to eat. Try to make it here midweek, when lift lines are practically non-existent. Tickets start at $75.
We’re back in the North American Midwest, this time in Minnesota. Buck Hill is located just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, offering access to both the charm of the slopes, and the city. With 306 vertical feet of slopes and Olympian training grounds, snowfall averages between 20 and 50 inches a year, with mostly man-made snow on the slopes that allows for the season to get a head start in September here. So get your tickets soon—starting at $45.
Every single year, over 50,000 lessons are hosted at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, making it the #1 place to learn to ski and snowboard in the U.S., according to the Huffington Post. Home to 37 trails of some of the most skiable terrain in the Pocono Mountains, it also has a ski-in-ski-out waterpark hotel with thrilling attractions, and the biggest snow tubing park in the country. That’s as if you somehow get bored here. (Here’s a clue: you won’t.) And best part: it’s only 90 minutes from New York City. Ski season lasts through April, and day passes start at $67—get yours today.
East of the Canadian Rockies, Marble Mountain Resort is known amongst ski enthusiasts of all skill sets for having some of the best terrain around. Averaging 5 meters of snow each year, Marble Mountain Resort has the only detachable high speed quad lift in Atlantic Canada: The Lightning Express; a 1,660-meter ride that lasts about 7 minutes. The resort itself is located in the town of Steady Brook, Newfoundland, on a series of steep ridges in the Humber River valley, where it served as a key venue during the 1999 Canada Winter Games. If you stay, you’ll see why. Individual day passes start at $45 (plus tax).
When it comes to skiing, the experience inside is almost as important as the thrills outside, and on this note, Alpine Ski Club delivers. Inside of the new modern clubhouse, visitors are welcome to enjoy the celebrated catering service, and the resort’s special-made craft beer on the huge clubhouse terrace. In terms of skiing, the terrain itself is more diverse than most, carved from three faces of the Niagara Escarpment and organized by difficulty, with each lift bringing you to a more challenging terrain—including “The Steeps,” a cluster of double black diamonds. Natural wonder is abound at every vista with the Ontario resort’s proximity to Georgian Bay. Grab your tickets now at CAD 80 before it’s too late.
While many may seek ski slopes for the thrill, some are just here to learn, and have a good time. In Canada, they should look no farther than Horseshoe Resort, in Barrie, Ontario, which specializes in beginner lessons for the entire family. With 28 ski runs, there’s a terrain here for everyone, as well as other activities like snow tubing, fat biking, and cross country skiing. And it’s only an hour away from Toronto. Tickets here start at CAD 49.
One of the greatest parts of skiing is the escape—you’re using the terrain as your court, and making sport out of natural beauty. And that’s what defines the experience at Mont Orford, in Québec; a totally immersive landscape, nestled inside of a national park, with a total of 61 slopes for all different ski levels. Spanning three mountains and four hillsides, the resort is the highest in the Eastern Townships, at an altitude of 850 metres, and the 4th highest in the state. From there, you’re not only getting a great ski experience, but also, incredible views day in and day out. And just five minutes away is Magog’s downtown, home to a number of restaurants, shops, and lodging. Grab your individual day pass now for CAD 63 (plus taxes), for adults.
Here’s a fun fact: the snow at Station Touristique Massif du Sud is known as “Champagne Powder.” How did it get that name, you might ask? Well, due to its altitude of 915 metres, the Québec resort has an impressive amount of dry snow, making skiing here a must in the province. With 600 cm of snow landing each year on average, the resort is home to 32 slopes that are unique in both their ruggedness, and quality. Tickets here start at CAD 55.23 for the day.