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Whistler, BC | Photo Credit:
Whistler, BC | Photo Credit: Ruth Hartnup

While skiable acres and vertical relief are often the watermarks by which ski resorts are judged, number of lifts is often a neglected statistic.

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Bottomline, ski lifts spread skiers out, give skiers less time in lines, and offer more shredable terrain. Also, ski lifts offer an opportunity to strike up conversation with the opposite sex and possibly share a cold beer with whoever is under those goggles….

These Ski Areas Have The Most Lifts In The USA

20) Mount Snow, VT – 16

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Photo Credit: Mount Snow Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Outpost

19) Sugarbush, VT – 16

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Photo Credit: Sugarbush Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Summit Quad

18) Beaver Creek, CO – 16

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Photo Credit: Beaver Creek Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Grouse Mountain Express

17) Telluride, CO – 16

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Photo Credit: Telluride Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Plunge Lift

16) Steamboat, CO – 17

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Photo Credit: Steamboat Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Pony Express

15) Snowmass, CO – 17

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Photo Credit: Aspen Snowmass Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: High Alpine

14) Afton Alps, MN – 18

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Photo Credit: Afton Alps Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Lift #15

13) Killington, VT – 20

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Photo Credit: Killington Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Bear Mountain Quad

12) Deer Valley, UT – 21

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Photo Credit: Deer Valley Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Sultan Express

11) Summit at Snoqualmie, WA – 21

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Photo Credit: Summit at Snoqualmie Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Edelweiss

10) Winter Park, CO – 22

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Photo Credit: Winter Park Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Super Gauge Express

9) Copper Mountain – 23

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Photo Credit: Copper Mountain Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Super Bee

8) Breckenridge, CO – 23

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Photo Credit: Breckenridge Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Imperial Express

7) Heavenly, CA – 24

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Photo Credit: Heavenly Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Gunbarrel Express

6) Vail, CO – 25

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Photo Credit: Vail Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: High Noon Express

5) Squaw Valley, CA – 27

KT-22

Unofficial Pick: KT-22

4) Big Sky, MT – 28

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Photo Credit: Big Sky Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Lone Peak Tram 

3) Mammoth Mountain, CA – 28

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Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Chair 23

2) Whistler Blackcomb, BC – 31

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Photo Credit: Whistler Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: Peak Chair

1) Park City, UT – 38

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Photo Credit: Park City Facebook Page

Unofficial Pick: McConkey’s Express