These Ski Areas Give You The Most Time Skiing Vs Time Riding Lifts

These Ski Areas Give You The Most Time Skiing Vs Time Riding Lifts


These Ski Areas Give You The Most Time Skiing Vs Time Riding Lifts



Photo: Ian Houghton | Athlete: Sean Cochrane via Revelstoke Mountain Resort Facebook Page

Alpine Replay gives us a look at which North American ski resorts will get the most skiing/riding for the least amount of time getting up hill (aka the most ‘bang for your buck’).

We took a look at the average times spentwaiting and sitting on a lift vs. average vertical in a day for every resort in North America. We took the top 30 from more than 300 resorts (so this represents the cream of the crop).” – Alpine Replay

This info comes from the ski/board App called Alpine Replay.  We’d like to give a big thanks to these guys to putting this info together for us skiers and riders.

Here’s how they compiled this data:

“Revelstoke is the clear winner here. And names you’d expect in the top five make the list like Jackson Hole and Sun Valley. This means that lift lines are short, chairlifts are fast, trails are steep, and there’s plenty available vertical for you to hit on your way down. In short, you get the most bang for your buck (if vertical and serious skiing is what you care about).” – Alpine Replay

(No Squaw Valley USA on this list…guess that place sucks for vertical, huh?)

“The relative difference in percentage is significant. Put another way, if you’re going to ski for a week or more, these differences will add up quickly. From #2 to #25 (the list has 30) it’s a 30% difference! You may want to keep this in mind.” – Alpine Replay

This is a very important data set.  We all just wanna ski & ride.  No one wants to spend time in lift lines or on lifts.  This gives us a straight up answer to the question:  where can I get in the most vertical in one day?

Do you guys agree with this list?  


1.  Revelstoke, B.C.

2.  Snowbird, UT

3.  Jackson Hole, WY

4.  Beaver Creek, CO

5.  Sun Valley, ID

6.  Mt. Rose, NV

7.  Whistler, B.C.

8.  Stowe, VT

9.  Keystone, CO

10.  Steamboat, CO

11.  Snowmass, CO

12.  Hunter Mountain, NY

13.  Loon Mountain, NH

14.  Vail, CO

15.  Copper Mountain, CO

16.  Schweitzer, ID

17.  Snowbasin, UT

18.  Crystal Mountain, WA

19.  Whiteface, NY

20.  Okemo, VT

21.  Lake Louise, Canada

22.  Telluride, CO

23.  Stratton, VT

24.  Northstar, CA

25.  Marmot Basin, Canada

26.  The Canyons, UT

27.  Durango Mountain, CO

28.  Brighton, UT

29.  Mammoth, CA

30.  Mt. Hood Meadows, OR


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