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The Best Ski Resorts in Canada and Alaska

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The 50 Best Ski Resorts in North America

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The mountains are bigger, the snow is deeper, and the crowds are non-existent—the promised land of skiing is north of the border. 


Girdwood, Alaska

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Vertical Rise: 3,200 feet
Acres of Terrain: 1,610
Average Snowfall: 512 inches

Winter days don’t see much sun this far north (less than six hours in January), but Alyeska makes up for that with guaranteed deep powder, epic views of the Chugach Mountains, seven hanging glaciers, and 375 acres lit up for night skiing every weekend. The mountain caters to experts with 2,500 vertical feet of uninterrupted double-black terrain on Mount Alyeska’s north face. (We like the 1,000-foot, 50-degree Christmas Chute.) But the tree-lined runs near the base are ideal for beginners, and Nordic skiers can meander through six miles of groomed trails. The most convenient lodging is at the resort’s swanky hotel, where you can nab a post-ski soak in the heated saltwater pool or an après yoga session—and don’t forget to arrange a midnight wake-up call for frequent aurora borealis light shows. Or get away from the bustle at Alyeska Hideaway, a family-owned log cabin in the woods two miles from the slopes, which comes with a full kitchen, wood-burning stove, and homemade blueberry bread. —Nick Davidson

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