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Mapping the 10 Tiniest Ski Resorts in North America

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Tiny ski hills have a charm all their own. While mega resorts like Big Sky, Whistler Blackcomb, and Vail absorb most of the discussion surrounding winter sports, a lot of people get their first introduction to skiing or riding at a much humbler local hill. Small ski areas dot the Midwest and Northeast, providing easy, affordable entries into the sport and sometimes creating future X-Gamers like Louie Vito and Danny Davis. You can still find old-school Poma lifts, rope tows and quite a bit of ski history if you know where to look. In honor of Micro Week 2015, Curbed Ski has mapped the 10 tiniest ski resorts in North America.

The resorts are ordered from smallest to largest, based on vertical feet (not skiable acreage or any other criteria). We were generous and took resorts at their word with their reported vertical drop. Curious about who has the biggest skiing in North America? Check this out. Upset that we missed one? Send us an email or let us know in the comments.


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Sawkill Family Ski Center

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The Sawkill Family Ski Center might be the smallest ski area in the world, with only 70 vertical feet.

Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area

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Four Lakes, with only 100 feet of vertical, is conveniently located near Chicago.

Mount Molson

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Canada's Mount Molson has lasted more than 50 years with just 125 feet of vertical drop.

Cloudmont Ski Area

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Cloudmont limits its 150 vertical feet to only 275 people at a time.

Powderhouse Hill

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Powderhouse Hill has been called the smallest ski hill in America in the past, but its 175 feet of vertical disqualify it from holding the title (by just a bit!).

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

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Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area has a terrain park and is close to the Twin Citites, but only 175 feet of vertical.

Villa Olivia

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Banquet hall, restaurant, golf course and ski hill. Villa Olivia does it all with only 180 vertical feet.

Great Bear Recreation Park

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There's some uncertainty about just how small Great Bear really is. By some accounts it has 178 vertical feet while others say it's as large as 200 vertical feet. The debate rages.

McIntyre Ski Area

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McIntyre Ski Area has two lifts, eight trails, and 200 feet of vertical drop.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

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With 200 vertical feet, Mt. Holiday is now run as a youth-focused nonprofit.

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Sawkill Family Ski Center

The Sawkill Family Ski Center might be the smallest ski area in the world, with only 70 vertical feet.

Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area

Four Lakes, with only 100 feet of vertical, is conveniently located near Chicago.

Mount Molson

Canada's Mount Molson has lasted more than 50 years with just 125 feet of vertical drop.

Cloudmont Ski Area

Cloudmont limits its 150 vertical feet to only 275 people at a time.

Powderhouse Hill

Powderhouse Hill has been called the smallest ski hill in America in the past, but its 175 feet of vertical disqualify it from holding the title (by just a bit!).

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area has a terrain park and is close to the Twin Citites, but only 175 feet of vertical.

Villa Olivia

Banquet hall, restaurant, golf course and ski hill. Villa Olivia does it all with only 180 vertical feet.

Great Bear Recreation Park

There's some uncertainty about just how small Great Bear really is. By some accounts it has 178 vertical feet while others say it's as large as 200 vertical feet. The debate rages.

McIntyre Ski Area

McIntyre Ski Area has two lifts, eight trails, and 200 feet of vertical drop.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

With 200 vertical feet, Mt. Holiday is now run as a youth-focused nonprofit.