What works for Snowbird in the winter works for Snowbird in the summer: accessibility. With the resort located only 29 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, you can be delivered into the heart of the Wasatch wilderness.
Stratton made the biggest leap of any resort this year-moving up from No. 17 to No. 4-by catering to a well-heeled clientele who prefer gliding down corduroy to launching off bumps. Since becoming part of the Intrawest family in 1994, Stratton has invested millions into updating and renovating the faux-Bavarian resort to meet the demands of the metro-New York families who frequent it.
More than 90 percent of readers cite Breckenridge's "wonderful ski town" as one of the resort's major strengths. They're right: In the age of purpose-built Bavarian-style resorts, Breckenridge's authentic Victorian Main Street creates an ambience that is "refreshingly real."
Located high on a bluff above the Mississippi River, eight scenic miles from historic Galena, Chestnut Mountain has long been one of the Midwest's most popular resorts. It has 17 trails, a 475-foot vertical drop, five chairlifts and three surface lifts, a seven-acre terrain park with halfpipes, quarter pipes, tabletops, kickers and rollers.
Cannon's not for wimps. Got it? If you need pampering, posh slopeside dining and lodging or tony boutiques, this state-run mountain ain't for you, honey. But if you thrive on challenge, demand variety of terrain and know how to dress warm, then one of New England's oldest, toughest mountains awaits.