BEST PLACES YOU’ VE NEVER SKIED
You’ve heard of them. Now make the effort to get yourself there. Like, this winter. You’re welcome.
With the longest vert of any resort in North America—5,620 feet—Revy is gaining steam as a ski adventure capital and just a generally rad place to shred. Did we mention that there are both cat skiing and heli skiing ops out of the base village? Plus, the town of Revelstoke is everything an authentic ski town should be without the pomp and ritz seen elsewhere.
North Lake Tahoe’s extreme mecca, Kirkwood is home to the Cirque, where competitors in the North American Freeskiing Championships hurl themselves down its avalanche-prone, cliffridden face (it’s otherwise permanently closed). But fear not, Kirkwood has plenty of extreme terrain for you, too.
MT. BAKER, WASH.
We can think of several reasons to check out Mt. Baker. The first is snow. This place is a secret powder magnet, collecting an astounding 640 inches a year. If that’s not enough, the in-bounds terrain is delightfully challenging, and the out-of-bounds terrain is plentiful.
Snowwhat? Many skiers aren’t familiar with this not-so-little gem in Utah’s Wasatch even though it hosted the alpine skiing Olympic events during the 2002 Salt Lake games. Its day lodges, built for the occasion, are lovely. So is the skiing: 3,000 acres with an almost-3,000-vertical-foot rise— and very few people to share it with.
This single-lift ski resort with its own 25,000-acre heli op is Colorado’s gnarliest lift-served terrain. It also happens to possess the geographic fortune to be located in the dramatic, knife-tipped San Juans, home to 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks. Experts only, please.