Set in a temperate rainforest amid the glacier-carved valley of Girdwood, Alyeska gets doused in 650 inches of snowfall at its summit annually. That kind of deep pow is the start of some really great skiing, and here, it’s paired with steep terrain. Crank up your ski adventures with cat- and heli-skiing right from the resort, or dial it down in the valley with Nordic skiing and dogsledding—this is Alaska, after all. For dinner, ride the scenic aerial tram to the mountain-top Seven Glaciers Restaurant, which cellars 7,000 bottles of wine in 665 variations.
Where to stay: At the resort’s own Hotel Alyeska, which offers a saltwater pool, mountain-top restaurant, and easy access to the slopes.
Stats: One-day lift tickets average $65–$85; 7 lifts for 76 trails.
Banff Sunshine, Alberta, Canada
Blessed with amazing vistas, dusted regularly by dry powder snow, and set inside Banff National Park, at 8,954 feet, Canada’s highest elevated ski resort has a lot going for it. (Winter is considered low season for the park, too, which means fewer crowds and sometimes lower rates at hotels than you’ll see in summer.) There are countless ways to revel in Banff Sunshine’s 3,000 acres of terrain, but the best may be the combined lift to the top that crosses the Continental Divide (and both Alberta and British Columbia), followed by an Instagram-worthy run down wide-open Bye Bye Bowl.
Where to stay: In a castle, of course, at Fairmont Banff Springs.
Stats: One-day lift tickets average $89–$92; 12 lifts for 137 trails.