3. Alta, Utah
Why go: If you’re a diehard skier who hates sharing the slopes with snowboarders, Alta is your spot. The ski resort has banned snowboarding since the sport was invented, leaving all 2,200 acres of fresh, fluffy powder to you and your sticks. Every level is welcome, with 25 percent of the ski area available for beginners, 40 percent for intermediate skiers, and 35 percent for experts. Plus, Alta teamed up with Snowbird Ski Resort for access to double the terrain. Most importantly, it’s an easy, 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, which means getting there from most major cities is easy breezy. Oh, and Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons are one of the snowiest places in the world.
Where to stay: Be one of the first to book a stay at the Snowpine Lodge, which opens in January 2019. Built on the site of the original 1941 Snowpine Lodge, the 78-room hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access to the area’s 500 feet of pristine annual snowfall.
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