4 Underrated Ski Towns In The United States

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No one wants to go to a ski resort where the slopes are covered in newbies learning how to navigate the bunny hills for the first time or rookies heading down black diamond slopes without any of the skills necessary to keep the snow in good shape for an expert run. So when choosing a ski resort, there are more reasons than budgetary to pick an off-the-beaten-path spot. Yes, less frequented mountains may cost less, but they’ll also be free of pesky beginners and uncourteous once-a-season hobbyists. If you’re looking to ski somewhere underrated this year, try one of these five areas.

Crested Butte, Colorado

Unlike the see-and-be-seen scene in Aspen, Crested Butte’s ski slopes won’t even have big waits on the lifts taking you up the mountains. But you can expect the same alpine views and snowy mountainsides as in the more trendy and well-known Colorado destinations.

Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire

Vermont gets all the love for the Northeast ski spots, but New Hampshire is calling for your attention. Wildcat Mountain has intense vertical drops that are ready to attract daring skiers to hit the slopes (which are not far from the border with Maine).

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Mount Bachelor, Oregon

The big ski resort at Mount Bachelor is located on top of a dormant volcano. It’s owned by the same people behind Utah’s Park City but doesn’t fill with the same kinds of massive crowds. People just don’t know to come to Oregon specifically for the skiing. But now you do, ski bunny, so hop on over.

Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish is an underrated destination even by Montana standards. Most visitors come here for Glacier National Park, but Whitefish is overrun with skiable mountains. And you won’t get the overwhelming commercialism of Tahoe here. It’s just about you and the powder.


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