2005 | Other cool spots in the West

November 6, 2005 

Big Sky Resort in Montana gets about 400 inches of snow each year on its 3,600 acres of terrain.

BOB ALLEN/BIG SKY RESORT FILE

Quit putting off making plans to book that dream West Coast ski trip with information on the top resorts from Alaska to Tahoe.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Whistler Blackcomb
Location: Whistler
Lift tickets: Approximately $62, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: More than 200 trails, 8,171 acres
Lifts: 33
Elevation: 7,494 feet highest lift, 2,140 base, (5,020 on Whistler, 5,280 on Blackcomb)
Annual snowfall: 360 inches
More info: whistler-blackcomb.com, 1-800-766-0449

Big White
Location: Southeast of Kelowna
Lift tickets: Approximately $53, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 112 trails, 7,355 acres
Lifts: 15
Elevation: 7,606 feet highest lift, 4,950-foot base, 2,656-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 294 inches
More info: bigwhite.com, 1-800-663-2772

Fernie
Location: Near Fernie
Lift tickets: Approximately $53, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 107 trails, 2,504 acres
Lifts: 10
Elevation: 6,316 feet highest lift, 3,500-foot base, 2,816-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 348 inches
More info: skifernie.com, 1-800-258-7669

Mount Washington
Location: Near Courtenay
Lift tickets: Approximately $43, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 60 trails, 2,000 acres
Lifts: Eight
Elevation: 5,215 feet highest lift, 3,558-foot base, 1,657-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 348 inches
More info: mountwashington.ca, 1-888-231-1499

Red Resort
Location: Rossland
Lift tickets: Approximately $43, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 83 trails, 1,585 acres
Lifts: Six
Elevation: 6,800 feet highest lift, 3,888-foot base, 2,909-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
More info: redresort.com, 1-800-663-0105

Sun Peaks
Location: Northern Okanagan Valley
Lift tickets: Approximately $47, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 117 trails, 3,678 acres
Lifts: 11
Elevation: 6,824 feet highest lift, 3,933-foot base, 2,891-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 220 inches
More info: sunpeaksresort.com, 1-800-807-3257

Silver Star
Location: Northeast of Okanagan Valley
Lift tickets: Approximately $53, depending on exchange rate
Terrain: 111 trails, 3,065 acres
Lifts: 11
Elevation: 6,280 feet highest lift, 3,780-foot base, 2,500-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 276 inches
More info: skisilverstar.com, 1-800-663-4431

OREGON

Mount Bachelor
Location: West of Bend
Lift tickets: $49
Terrain: 71 trails, 3,683 acres
Lifts: 15
Elevation: 9,065 feet highest lift, 5,700-foot base, 3,365-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 370 inches
More info: mtbachelor.com, 1-800-829-2442

Mount Hood Meadows
Location: Mount Hood
Lift tickets: $48
Terrain: 87 trails, 2,150 acres
Lifts: 10
Elevation: 7,300 feet highest lift, 4,523-foot base, 2,777-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 400 inches
More info: skihood.com, 1-503-337-2222

IDAHO

Brundage
Location: McCall, Idaho
Lift tickets: $40
Terrain: 43 trails, 1,340 acres
Lifts: Five
Elevation: 7,640 feet highest lift, 5,840-foot base, 1,800-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
More info: brundage.com, 1-800-888-7544

Schweitzer
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
Lift tickets: $45
Terrain: 62 trails, 2,500 acres
Lifts: Eight
Elevation: 6,400-foot highest lift, 5,000-foot base, 1,400-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
More info: schweitzer.com, 1-800-831-8810

Sun Valley
Location: Ketchum, Idaho
Lift tickets: $69
Terrain: 75 trails, 2,054 acres
Lifts: 19
Elevation: 9,150 feet highest lift, 5,750-foot base, 3,400-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 220 inches
More info: sunvalley.com, 1-800-786-8259

Tamarack Resort
Location: Donnelly, Idaho
Lift tickets: $57
Terrain: 35 trails, 850 acres
Lifts: Seven
Elevation: 7,700 feet highest lift, 4,900-foot base, 2,800-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
More info: tamarackidaho.com, 1-877-826-7376

MONTANA

Big Sky
Location: Big Sky, near West Yellowstone
Lift tickets: $65
Terrain: 150 trails, 3,600 acres
Lifts: 17
Elevation: 11,150 feet highest lift, 6,800-foot base, 4,350-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 400 inches
Note: Big Sky shares a boundry on Lone Peak with a new resort, Moonlight Basin (moonlight basin.com). Tickets good for both resorts are $78.
More info: bigskyresort.com, 1-800-548-4486

Big Mountain
Location: North of Whitefish
Lift tickets: $49
Terrain: 93 trails, 3,000 acres
Lifts: 13
Elevation: 7,000-foot highest lift, 4,500-foot base, 2,500-foot drop
Annual snowfall: 300
More info: big-mountain.com, 1-800-858-4157

OTHER DESTINATIONS

Alaska
Top resorts: Alyeska and Eaglecrest
More info: alyeskaresort.com and juneau.org/eaglecrest
Pros pick: Alyeska

ALberta
Resorts: Eight total in Banff and Jasper National Parks and just east of the parks in British Columbia
More info: skibig3.com, banfflake louise.com
Pros pick: Lake Louise, skilouise.com

California
Best resorts outside Tahoe: Mammoth Mountain and Big Bear (Bear Mountain and Snow Summit)
More info: mammothmountain.com, bearmtn.com
Pros pick: Mammoth Mountain

Colorado
Resorts: 24
More info: coloradoski.com, coloradoskicountry.com
Pros top three
1. Vail, vail.com
2. Breckenridge, breckenridge.com
3. Steamboat, steamboat.com

Wyoming
Resorts: Four near Jackson
More info: jacksonholewy.net, jacksonhole-skiing.com
Pros pick: Jackson Hole, jacksonhole.com

Utah
Resorts: 12
More info: ski-saltlake.com, skiutah.com, rideutah.com
Pros top three
1. Snowbasin, snowbasin.com
2. Alta/Snowbird, alta.com and snowbird.com
3. Deer Valley, deervalley.com

Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Resorts: 15
More info: tahoeinfo.com, tahoechamber.com, tahoefun.org
Pros top three
1. Squaw Valley USA, squaw.com
2. Alpine Meadows, alpine meadows.com
3. Heavenly, skiheavenly.com

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