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!

South Dakota

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!

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Courtesy: Indy Pass

Tennessee

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!

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Courtesy: Cedar Lodge Condominiums

Texas

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!

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Courtesy: Texas Ski Ranch

Utah

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.

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Vermont

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.

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Courtesy: SkiMag

Virginia

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.

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Courtesy: DCSki

Washington

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?

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Courtesy: SKI Mag

West Virginia

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.

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Courtesy: Pocahontas County, WV

Wisconsin 

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.

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Courtesy: Travel Wisconsin

Wyoming

Where: Grand Targhee

Fun Fact: Grand Targhee averages 500 inches of snow annually.

Why: I’m always a fan of the “underdog”.

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Courtesy: Grand Targhee

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