Top 5: The Best Under-The-Radar Ski Resorts In North America

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Top 5: The Best Under-The-Radar Ski Resorts In North America

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Top 5: The Best Under-The-Radar Ski Resorts In North America

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RED Mountain, Canada

When you think of RED Mountain one word comes to mind, unspoiled. This Canadian resort located on the famous “Powder Highway” delivers a fantastic ski experience. This season RED opened an entirely new peak with nearly 1,000 more acres of terrain on Grey Mountain. At RED you can also enjoy in-bounds cat-skiing and 360 degree descents off select peaks. RED also boasts some of the best tree runs in BC. It’s not surprising that Skiing named RED the #1 “Most Underrated Resort”.

Stats:

  • Lifts: 7
  • Terrain: 4,200 ac
  • Vertical Feet: 2887′

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Gore Mountain, New York

Gore Mountain is a fantastic state run ski area in the Adirondack mountains of New York. You might hear “state run resort” and think it’s some budget ski area with no desirable amenities such as high-speed quads, gondolas or snowmaking but you would be dead wrong. Gore might not have a 5 star lodge at it’s base but the ski experience is on par with any of the high price ski resorts in the east. Recent terrain expansions have opened up vast amounts of prime east coast glades making this gem shine even brighter.

Stats:

  • Lifts: 15
  • Terrain: 444 ac
  • Vertical Feet: 2537′

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Bridger Bowl, Montana

Bridger Bowl Ski Area has two magical ingredients that other resorts can’t buy. 1) Fluffy “cold smoke” powder snow. 2) Extreme terrain. Located just outside Bozeman, Montana Bridger has kept it’s small town feel. During the week crowds are virtually nonexistent. The few skiers and riders you will spot on the hill are often found making the 20-minute hike to “The Ridge”, an area of endless steep chutes and open powder fields.

Stats:

  • Lifts: 8
  • Terrain: 2000 ac
  • Vertical Feet: 2600′

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Mt. Rose, Nevada

Skiing, in Nevada? Believe it or not some of the best skiing in America can be found just outside Reno, NV at Mt. Rose Ski Area. The skiing at Mt. Rose was nothing extraordinary until the 2003-2004 ski season when the resort opened the Chutes. At 1500 vertical feet of 55 degree pitch The Chutes are arguably the best terrain in Tahoe. This is no joke terrain accessed by a number of gates on a ridge below two high speed lifts. The terrain is visible from downtown Reno and can be reach in just 25 minutes by a taxi ride from the Reno Airport.

Stats:

  • Lifts: 8
  • Terrain: 1200 ac
  • Vertical Feet: 1,800

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Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Located at the base of the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains overlooking Lake Pend Oreille is Schweitzer Mountain. With an average annual snowfall of 300 inches and 2900 acres of lift accessible in-bounds terrain Schweitzer stacks up with some of the best resorts in the west. But it’s Schweitzer’s open gate policy that really makes this resort something special. From Schweitzer you can access out-of-bounds terrain that spans over 200 additional miles of the Selkirk Mountains.

Stats:

  • Lifts: 9
  • Terrain: 2,900 ac
  • Vertical Feet: 2,400
 

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