For three years running, Breckenridge has pulled in more than 1.4 million skiers per winter. It achieves those astounding numbers by being most things to most skiers-and close enough to five other resorts to make up for its few deficiencies.
The smart way to ski Targhee's 1,500 acres is from south to north, across the mountain. Beginning at 9:30 am atop the Dreamcatcher quad, powder junkies start their day with warmup runs down blue cruisers Crazy Horse and Wild Willie.
Normally a sunny California resort, Squaw slipped slightly in its weather rating last year, earning only a silver medal. But considering the 515 inches of snow that El Niño dumped on Squaw's 4,000 skiable acres, no one is complaining.