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Ski Guide 2009 | Best of the West

BEST OF THE WEST

BRITISH COLUMBIA

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

LOCATION: Whistler

LIFT TICKETS: $89 Canadian

TERRAIN: More than 200 trails, 8,171 acres, four terrain parks

LIFTS: 34

ELEVATION: 7,494-foot highest lift, 2,140 base, (5,020 drop on Whistler, 5,280 drop on Blackcomb)

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 360 inches

MORE INFO: whistlerblackcomb.com, 800-766-0449

BIG WHITE

LOCATION: Southeast of Kelowna

LIFT TICKETS: $71 Canadian

TERRAIN: 118 trails, 7,355 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 16

ELEVATION: 7,606-foot highest lift, 4,950 base, 2,656 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 294 inches

MORE INFO: bigwhite.com, 800-663-2772

FERNIE

LOCATION: Near Fernie

LIFT TICKETS: $79.75 Canadian

TERRAIN: 107 trails, 2,504 acres

LIFTS: 10

ELEVATION: 6,316-foot highest lift, 3,500 base, 2,816 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 348 inches

MORE INFO: www.skifernie.com, 800-258-7669

KICKING HORSE

LOCATION: Golden

LIFT TICKETS: $73 Canadian

TERRAIN: 106 trails, 4,000 acres

LIFTS: 5

ELEVATION: 8,033-foot highest lift, 3,900 base, 4,133 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 256 inches

MORE INFO: kickinghorseresort.com, 866-754-5425

MOUNT WASHINGTON

LOCATION: Near Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

LIFT TICKETS: $62 Canadian

TERRAIN: 60 trails, 1,200 acres, two terrain parks

LIFTS: Nine

ELEVATION: 5,215-foot highest lift, 3,558 base, 1,657 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 348 inches

MORE INFO: mountwashington.ca, 888-231-1499

PANORAMA

LOCATION: Near Invermere

LIFT TICKETS: $74 Canadian

TERRAIN: 188 trails, 2,847 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 9

ELEVATION: 7,800-foot highest lift, 3,800 base, 4,000 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 188 inches

MORE INFO: panoramaresort.com, 800-663-2929

RED MOUNTAIN RESORT

LOCATION: Rossland

LIFT TICKETS: $64 Canadian

TERRAIN: 83 trails, 1,700 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: Six.

ELEVATION: 6,800 feet highest lift, 3,888 base, 2,909 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches

MORE INFO: redresort.com, 800-663-0105

SUN PEAKS

LOCATION: Northern Okanagan Valley

LIFT TICKETS: $71 Canadian

TERRAIN: 121 trails, 3,678 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 12

ELEVATION: 6,824-foot highest lift, 3,933 base, 2,891 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 220 inches

MORE INFO: sunpeaksresort.com, 800-807-3257

SILVER STAR

LOCATION: Northeast of Okanagan Valley

LIFT TICKETS: $71 Canadian

TERRAIN: 112 trails, 3,065 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 12

ELEVATION: 6,280-foot highest lift, 3,780 base, 2,500 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 276 inches

MORE INFO: skisilverstar.com, 800-663-4431

OREGON

MOUNT BACHELOR

LOCATION: West of Bend

LIFT TICKETS: $49-69 depending on how much of the resort is open.

TERRAIN: 71 trails, 3,683 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 15

ELEVATION: 9,065-foot highest lift, 5,700 base, 3,365 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 370 inches

MORE INFO: mtbachelor.com, 800-829-2442

MOUNT HOOD MEADOWS

LOCATION: Mount Hood

LIFT TICKETS: $57 ($69 Weekends and Dec. 25-Jan. 1 and Feb. 15)

TERRAIN: 87 trails, 2,150 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 10

ELEVATION: 7,300-foot highest lift, 4,523 base, 2,777 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400 inches

MORE INFO: skihood.com, 503-337-2222

IDAHO

BRUNDAGE

LOCATION: McCall

LIFT TICKETS: $54

TERRAIN: 46 trails, 1,500 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 5

ELEVATION: 7,640-foot highest lift, 5,840 base, 1,800 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches

MORE INFO: brundage.com, 208-634-7462

SCHWEITZER

LOCATION: Sandpoint

LIFT TICKETS: $62.54

TERRAIN: 82 trails, 2,900 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 8

ELEVATION: 6,400-foot highest lift, 5,000 base, 2,400 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches

MORE INFO: schweitzer.com, 800-831-8810

SILVER MOUNTAIN

LOCATION: Kellogg

LIFT TICKETS: $49

TERRAIN: 73 trails, 1,600 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 7

ELEVATION: 6,300-foot highest lift, 4,100 base, 2,200 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 inches

MORE INFO: silvermt.com

SUN VALLEY

LOCATION: Ketchum

LIFT TICKETS: $80

TERRAIN: 75 trails, 2,054 acres, terrain park

LIFTS: 21

ELEVATION: 9,150-foot highest lift, 5,750 base, 3,400 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 220 inches

MORE INFO: sunvalley.com, 800-786-8259

MONTANA

BIG SKY

LOCATION: Big Sky

LIFT TICKETS: $79

TERRAIN: 150 trails, 3,600 acres

LIFTS: 17

ELEVATION: 11,150-foot highest lift, 6,800 base, 4,350 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400 inches

NOTE: Big Sky shares a boundary on Lone Peak with Moonlight Basin (moonlightbasin.com). Tickets good for both resorts are $94.

MORE INFO: bigskyresort.com, 800-548-4486

BIG MOUNTAIN

LOCATION: North of Whitefish

LIFT TICKETS: $61

TERRAIN: 91 trails, 3,000 acres

LIFTS: 12

ELEVATION: 7,000-foot highest lift, 4,500 base, 2,500 drop

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300

MORE INFO: skiwhitefish.com, 800-858-4157

OTHER DESTINATIONS

ALASKA

TOP RESORTS: Alyeska and Eaglecrest

MORE INFO: alyeskaresort.com and juneau.org/eaglecrest

BANFF, ALBERTA

RESORTS: Eight resorts in Banff and Jasper national parks and just west of the parks in British Columbia.

MORE INFO: skibig3.com, banfflakelouise.com.

CALIFORNIA

BEST RESORTS OUTSIDE TAHOE: Mammoth Mountain and Big Bear (Bear Mountain and Snow Summit)

MORE INFO: mammothmountain.com, bearmtn.com

TAHOE

RESORTS: 15

MORE INFO: skilaketahoe.com, tahoechamber.com, puretahoenorth.com.

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