How To Ski In All 50 States Part 5 of 5 (SD-WY)
Check out the previous posts:
Part 1 (Alabama-Georgia)
Part 2 (Hawaii-Maryland)
Part 3 (Massachusetts-New Jersey)
Part 4 (New Mexico-South Carolina)
Here are the last ten states on the list!
Where: Terry Peak
Fun Fact: Terry Peak offers the highest lift-serviced vertical between the Rocky Mountains and the Alps with a summit at 7,100 ft!
Why: Terry Peak is on the Indy Pass!
Where: Ober Gatlinburg
Fun Fact: Ober Gatlinburg can be accessed via aerial tramway that comes from downtown Gatlinburg.
Why: It’s the only resort in Tennessee. It also helps that it looks beautiful!
Where: Texas Ski Ranch
Fun Fact: Texas Ski Ranch is a dry slope for terrain park skiing and snowboarding.
Why: You take what you can get!
Where: Powder Mountain
Fun Fact: Powder Mountain offers over 8,464 acres of terrain accessible via chairlift, snowcat, or back country access.
Why: The Cottonwoods get all the hype, but Powder Mountain has a special place in my heart. I’ll never forget the excellent terrain, snow, and staff that Powder has to offer.
Where: Smugglers’ Notch
Fun Fact: Smuggs has an open trail policy. As long as you exit an open trail, and return to an open trail everything is fair game!
Why: This is an extremely biased plug for one of my favorite places to ski. I grew up going to Smuggs’, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Where: Massanutten Resort
Fun Fact: Massanutten is only 2.5 hours from Washington D.C.
Why: 1,100 ft of vertical doesn’t sound too shabby.
Where: Crystal Mountain
Fun Fact: Crystal has breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier.
Why: 3,100 ft. of vertical and only 2 hours from Seattle. Need I say more?
Where: Snowshoe Mountain
Fun Fact: Snowshoe averages more than 180 inches of snowfall, the most of any resort in the region.
Why: All of my friends tell me it’s the best skiing “in the south”, I’ll take their word for it.
Where: Granite Peak
Fun Fact: Granite Peak ski resort is on Rib Mountain, a glacially-eroded mountain that formed about 1.5 billion years ago.
Why: Granite has the largest vertical in WI, and offers plenty of gladed ski runs when the snow falls.
Where: Grand Targhee
Fun Fact: Grand Targhee averages 500 inches of snow annually.
Why: I’m always a fan of the “underdog”.