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25 Top Spots: #9 Alyeska, AK

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Known as the local's hill for Anchorage's dedicated rippers and off-season fishermen, Alyeska was rarely visited by Lower 48ers before the Chugach heli scene went off

25 Top Spots: #8 Big Sky, MT

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Lone Peak dominates the imagination, skyline, and skiing of Big Sky, and construction of a tram up its east face (plus a south-side lift) five years ago was the key to transforming the former intermediate hill into an expert's sanctuary.

25 Top Spots: #7 Aspen/Aspen Highlands, CO

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Aspen is the original American ski town, and it holds attractions far more diverse than just groomed and ungroomed snow.

25 Top Spots: #24 Kicking Horse, B.C.

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Perched on a high bench above Golden, B.C. in the Purcells, Kicking Horse is only three years old, but bro gossip is already calling it the next Whistler.

25 Top Spots: # 5 Mammoth, CA

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Treeless up top, with huge expanses of steep, ungroomed snow begging for high-speed turns, Mammoth is as close as you can get to European skiing in the U.S.

25 Top Spots: # 23 Crested Butte, CO

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Locals like Dave Swanwick, Wendy Fisher, and Alison Gannett keep their billy-goating, cliff-hucking skills sharp on terrain like the Headwall and North Face Extreme Limits.

25 Top Spots: # 22 Taos, NM

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With the crystal worshippers, pottery shysters, and Baptist caravans constituting much of the New Mexican population, it's hard to believe that a contingent of rippers remains loyal to the Sangre de Cristos.

25 Top Spots: # 21 Lake Louise, Alberta

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With three faces on two mountains, sprawling Lake Louise dwarfs thousands of skiers on a daily basis.

25 Top Spots: # 3 Jackson Hole, WY

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Jackson's open-boundary policy, now three years old, has been the most significant story in North American ski resorts in recent memory.

25 Top Spots: # 2 Alta/Snowbird, UT

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Little Cottonwood Canyon, home of Alta and Snowbird, is the motherland of American powder skiing. The upper reaches of this Wasatch box canyon regularly get 500 or so inches of the finest fluff in the country.

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