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Mapping the 12 Best Community Ski Hills in the West

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The times they are a-changin', and while the ski industry is increasingly becoming the domain of a handful of corporations, there's a movement afoot to save the community ski hill. From California to Montana, homegrown resorts provide a respite from extortionist prices, Level-of-Hell-length lift lines, gaggles of gapers, and tracked-out pow. There are plenty of advantages to corporate-run resorts, but Curbed Ski is also all about the local areas that support communities and schoolkids, go green, and keep it real. Presenting the first-annual guide to the best local hills in the U.S. Psst. If you're into the idea of saving your local, check out Mountain Riders Alliance, an organization dedicated helping indie ski resorts survive and thrive.

Note that resorts are ranked West to East, not best to worst. Don't see your local here? Why not email us and let us know, hissy-fit-free?


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1. Mt Ashland Ski Resort

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693 Washington Street
Ashland, OR 97520
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2. Hoodoo Ski Area

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Old McKenzie Highway
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 822-3799
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Snow Brains

3. Homewood Ski Resort

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5145 Westlake Blvd
Homewood, CA 96141
(530) 525-2992
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Aah, Homewood. Tahoe's beloved local has the best of the region: stellar lake views and secret stashes of pow that last after every other resort is runneth over.

4. Donner Ski Ranch

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19320 Donner Pass Rd
Norden, CA 96162
(530) 426-3635
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Ludios

5. Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe

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22222 Mount Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 849-0704
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6. June Mountain Ski Area

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3819 Highway 158
June Lake, CA
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7. Cherry Peak Resort

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3200 East 11000 North
Richmond, UT 84333
(435) 625-1822
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Utah's newest (lucky number 15) ski resort is near Logan, and has all the indications of a great family hill. There’s a magic carpet for beginners, a 3-lane tubing hill, ice skating, night skiing, and come summer, single-track.

8. Bridger Bowl

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5795 Bridger Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-2111
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New West Experience

9. Discovery Basin

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180 Discovery Basin Road
Anaconda, MT 59711
(406) 563-2184
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Prudential Montana Real Estate

10. Snow King Ski Resort

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Jackson Hole Airport, Grand Teton National Park, 1250 East Airport Road
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 734-3194
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11. Eldora Mountain Resort

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2861 Eldora Ski Road #140
Nederland, CO 80466
(303) 440-8700
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12. Silverton Mountain

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6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-5706
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Southwestern Colorado is glorious, and this challenging mountain in one of the state's most historic mining towns is known as "The La Grave of North America." With over 400" of annual snowfall, dedicated advanced/expert terrain, no groomers or clearcut runs, and a surplus of hikeable off-piste adventures, it lives up to its motto of "All thrills no frills."

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1. Mt Ashland Ski Resort

693 Washington Street, Ashland, OR 97520
Wikipedia
693 Washington Street
Ashland, OR 97520

2. Hoodoo Ski Area

Old McKenzie Highway, Sisters, OR 97759
Snow Brains
Old McKenzie Highway
Sisters, OR 97759

3. Homewood Ski Resort

5145 Westlake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141

Aah, Homewood. Tahoe's beloved local has the best of the region: stellar lake views and secret stashes of pow that last after every other resort is runneth over.

5145 Westlake Blvd
Homewood, CA 96141

4. Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Rd, Norden, CA 96162
Ludios
19320 Donner Pass Rd
Norden, CA 96162

5. Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe

22222 Mount Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511
liftopia
22222 Mount Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511

6. June Mountain Ski Area

3819 Highway 158, June Lake, CA
First Tracks
3819 Highway 158
June Lake, CA

7. Cherry Peak Resort

3200 East 11000 North, Richmond, UT 84333

Utah's newest (lucky number 15) ski resort is near Logan, and has all the indications of a great family hill. There’s a magic carpet for beginners, a 3-lane tubing hill, ice skating, night skiing, and come summer, single-track.

3200 East 11000 North
Richmond, UT 84333

8. Bridger Bowl

5795 Bridger Canyon Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715
New West Experience
5795 Bridger Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59715

9. Discovery Basin

180 Discovery Basin Road, Anaconda, MT 59711
Prudential Montana Real Estate
180 Discovery Basin Road
Anaconda, MT 59711

10. Snow King Ski Resort

Jackson Hole Airport, Grand Teton National Park, 1250 East Airport Road, Jackson, WY 83001
liftopia
Jackson Hole Airport, Grand Teton National Park, 1250 East Airport Road
Jackson, WY 83001

11. Eldora Mountain Resort

2861 Eldora Ski Road #140, Nederland, CO 80466
Wikipedia
2861 Eldora Ski Road #140
Nederland, CO 80466

12. Silverton Mountain

6226 County Road 110, Silverton, CO 81433

Southwestern Colorado is glorious, and this challenging mountain in one of the state's most historic mining towns is known as "The La Grave of North America." With over 400" of annual snowfall, dedicated advanced/expert terrain, no groomers or clearcut runs, and a surplus of hikeable off-piste adventures, it lives up to its motto of "All thrills no frills."

6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433