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.

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REVEL­STOKE. B.C.

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.

KIRK­WOOD, CALIF.

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.

SNOWBASIN, UTAH

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.

SIL­VER­TON, COLO.

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.

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