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The heart and soul of ski country is hard to pin down. It's the view from the top of the peak and the rush of skiing between snow-covered trees. Ski country is all about old mining buildings, new contemporary houses, and people that do everything they can to live, play, or work in the mountains. But between the plethora of ski towns scattered across North America and the long list of potential resorts to visit, it can be hard to know where to ski, which town is a must visit, or which museum is worth exploring.

That's where we come in: Curbed Ski's editors have chosen 26 sites— cultural institutions, old buildings, and outdoor activities — that you must see right now. We've got a mix of amazing ski runs, buildings, and even tram rides. All represent ski country at its best: iconic, fun, and with a whole lot of history.

As always, if we missed anything— a must-see building, your favorite chairlift, or a landmark that's just not getting its due— let us know in the comments.

[Note: Places are listed alphabetically.]

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1. 10th Mountain Division Hut System

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1280 Ute Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

The 10th Mountain Division Hut System contains 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, each connected by 350 miles of routes perfect for backcountry skiing. Located between Vail, Aspen, and Leadville, the huts honor the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained at nearby Camp Hale in World War II. From the immense scale of the hut system to its dedicated community of users (the huts often book up months in advance), this is ski touring at its finest.

2. Alta Lodge

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10230 East State Highway 210
Alta, UT 84092

This past winter, the Alta Lodge celebrated 75 years at the base of its eponymous ski resort. The original, 12-room property first opened its doors on Nov. 29, 1940, when rides on the single-chair Collins lift were 25 cents and Alta ski area was just a year old. Catch a drink at the classic Sitzmark Club for a slopeside windows, a wood-burning fireplace, and an authentic take on Utah skiing.

3. Aspen Art Museum

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637 E Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-8050
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that in architect-speak is supposed to "invite those outside to engage with the building's interior." An impressive line up of ever-changing exhibitions make this a must-visit spot, and better yet, admission is free.

4. Big Mountain Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort

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3889 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish, MT 59937
(877) 754-3474
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Although it's been the subject of several lawsuits the past few years, Big Mountain Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort is a classic ski town oddity, part funk, part cult, and definitely worth a road trip. It's stood atop Whitefish Mountain since 1954 when the Knights of Columbus built the statue to honor the 10th Mountain Division soldiers who saw combat in World War II. And while a select few take offense to its religious overtones, most view Big Mountain Jesus for what it is: a quirky local landmark (perfect for selfies) that proves ski country isn't all about the glitz, glamour, and fur coats.

5. Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum

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231 S Frontage Rd E
Vail, CO 81657

Located on the third level of the Vail Village Parking structure, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum might be easy to pass by. But inside, you'll find a range of exhibitions and a treasure trove of ski paraphernalia from across the decades. Don't miss the Colorado Snowboard Archive that showcases how the sport evolved from its earliest days in the 1930s to become the popular pastime of today.

6. Gold Hill Chutes at Telluride Ski Resort

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565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435

The hike-to terrain at Telluride Ski Resort is some of the best in North America, featuring everything from steep trees to chutes and plenty of powder stashes. But not every mountain is so dedicated to its beloved expert skiers and snowboarders that they install two steel staircases and a bridge on the mountain, creating a literal stairway to heaven. Providing access to Gold Hill Chutes 9 and 10, a hike up the staircases feels more like Chamonix than Colorado, and that's just fine with us. The gorgeous views are a bonus.

7. High Camp Pool & Hot Tub

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Squaw Valley
Olympic Village, CA 96146

This Squaw Valley staple doesn't just provide some of the best views in ski country, it's also a helluva good time. Located at High Camp at an elevation of 8,200 feet, the hot tub usually opens in March (you can check dates here) and provides a scenic back drop for some of the best après ski parties around. Arrive early and remember to hydrate.

8. Howelsen Hill

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845 Howelsen Parkway
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 879-8499
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As Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs has been an iconic ski spot since it opened in 1915. More than 79 Olympians and 15 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame have trained at the hill, and the natural ski jumping complex is visible from town. In spring, the trails around Howelsen Hill often dry out faster than others due to its lower elevation. Check out the Emerald Mountain Trails System.

9. Imperial Express at Breckenridge Ski Resort

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No essential guide to ski country can be complete without the highest chairlift in North America. Opened in 2005 and topping out at a whopping 12,840 feet, the Imperial Express at Breckenridge Ski Resort isn't a long ride at just 2.7 minutes, but it provides access to some of Breck's best high-alpine bowls and hike-to-terrain. Oh- and the views aren't too shabby either.

10. Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex

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64 Cummings Rd
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Two-time site of the Olympic Winter Games and host to countless World Cup events, the Olympic facilities at Whiteface Lake Placid are worth a trip. Visitors can check out the Jumping Complex and get a bird's eye view of what jumpers see as they accelerate from the 120 meter tower.

11. Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky Resort

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50 Big Sky Resort Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716
(800) 548-4486
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Since 1995, the Lone Peak Tram has been shuttling expert skiers and snowboarders to the peak of one of the gnarliest mountains around. From the top you can see views of three states and on clear days you can even catch a glimpse of the Tetons. And while most skiers opt for top-notch turns off of double-black runs like Marx or Lenin, some thrill seekers go for the incredibly difficult Big Couloir. This is hero skiing at its best, with the entire tram line watching, mandatory turns, and a long no-fall zone. There's a reason you have to check-in at ski patrol before you attempt the Big Couloir.

12. PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

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Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler
BC, Canada
(800) 766-0449
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Building the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at Whistler Blackcomb was an engineering marvel; it is the longest and highest hanging lift in the world. In only 11 minutes, the gondola travels 2.73 miles between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain stations, hanging at its highest point 1,427 feet in the air. The lift also connects the two mountains, creating the largest ski area in North America. Every skier or snowboarder should ride this lift at least once.

13. Quicksilver Gondola at Park City Mountain

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1310 Lowell Ave
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-8111
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The brand new Quicksilver Gondola at Park City Mountain was one of the largest news stories in the ski industry in 2015. As the crowning achievement of Vail Resorts' $50 million investment in Park City Mountain, the eight-passenger Quicksilver Gondola also linked Park City to Canyons to create America's largest ski resort. Together, Park City now has 41 chairlifts, more than 300 trails, and 7,300 skiable acres.

14. Shooting Star Saloon

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7350 E 200 S
Huntsville, UT 84317
(801) 745-2002
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The oldest bar in Utah was originally built in the 1850s and started operating as a saloon in 1879. This iconic après spot is near skiing at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, and the interior itself is worth a trip. You'll find a 298-pound Saint Bernard named Buck mounted on the wall, along with a massive moose and a slew of dollar bills pinned to the ceiling. Grab a Star Burger (just trust us) and prepare to people watch in one of the last true ski bars around.

15. Stowe Community Church

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137 Main St
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-7257
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Stowe's most recognized landmark has nothing to do with skiing. Instead it's a white, 19th-century-church with a high steeple that towers over town. Originally built in 1863, the Stowe Community Church may be well-known among church-goers for its Simmons pipe organ, but skiers and snowboarders use the church as a heart-warming sign that they've arrived at one of New England's best ski towns.

16. Sun Valley Lodge

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1 Sun Valley Rd.
Sun Valley, ID 83353
(208) 622-4111
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Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1935, the Sun Valley Lodge is an iconic example of ski country architecture: rustic, warm, and inviting. And although the property just underwent a major renovation (including a new 20,000-square-foot spa), this family-friendly destination remains an integral part of ski town history.This is the original spot to "rough it in luxury," and with the Lodge's larger rooms, new fitness studios, and upgraded amenities, it's better than ever.

17. The Aspen Shrines

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601 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611

What's your favorite shrine on #Ajax? #Elvis #Aspen #AspenMountain @aspensnowmass @aspenco #skiing #snowboarding

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Aspen might be better known for glitz and glamour than for its die-hard ski population, but dozens of shrines in the forest prove that there's much more to meet the eye in this acclaimed ski town. Ski down Aspen Mountain and you'll fine shrines paying homage to Marilyn Monroe, John Denver, and Grateful Dead front-man Jerry Garcia. And while most of the shrines are on Ajax, you'll also see some shrines at nearby Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass too. There's no map to the shrines, so if you want to find them your best bet is to ask a local or ski patroller.

18. The Beach at Arapahoe Basin

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28194 US Highway 6
Keystone, CO 80435
(970) 513-5700
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Spring skiing doesn't get any better than Arapahoe Basin. The ski area tops out at 13,050 feet, an elevation that sometimes allows the lifts to run into July. The ski area presently has June 5 pegged as a closing day this year, which sounds mighty fine to us. Insider's tip: book a spot at the Beach, a set of prime parking spots that backs up to three lower mountain chairlifts. You can expect music, good food, and lots of beer.

19. The Mammoth at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

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1 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-2571
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Ski country isn't usually known for its statuary, but the Woolly Mammoth statue at Mammoth Mountain is popular enough to make the cut. Mammoth just wouldn't be the same without Woolly, especially because the statue is an easy way to assess just how much snow has fallen overnight. And while in winter we love Wooly for the snow, in spring we just can't get enough of Mammoth's sunny days.

20. The Peak to Creek Ski Run at Whistler Blackcomb

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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC VON 1B4, Canada
(800) 766-0449
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Completing the Peak to Creek at Whistler Blackcomb is one of those bucket list items that every ski or snowboarder needs to cross off. For starters, it's the best way to enjoy all of Whistler's leg-burning vertical, which totals up to 5,280 feet. Mostly on well-groomed corduroy, the Peak to Creek begins from the top of the Peak Express chairlift for a 7-mile descent that will give you a healthy appreciation for the scale of North America's biggest ski area.

21. The Roundhouse

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Midway up Bald Mountain
Sun Valley, ID 83353
(208) 622-2012
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The Roundhouse at Sun Valley isn't just another mountain-top dining destination. It was built in 1939 by Union Pacific Railroad Chairman (and Sun Valley founding father) Averell Harriman. The octagonal structure is today serviced by the Roundhouse Gondola and provides tremendous views and a sun-soaked patio.

22. The Signs at Taos Ski Valley

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116 Sutton Pl
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
(575) 776-2291
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as I'm looking at only steep runs of moguls in front of me ... #Taos #taosskivalley

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Taos Ski Valley has been known for decades for its unconventional trail signs and names, many of which can still be found on the mountain. Our favorite is this sign at the base of Chair 1 that tries to ease potential skiers' anxiety by explaining that not all of the mountain is as steep as what's in front of them: 1,800 vertical feet of Volkswagen-sized moguls on Al's Run.

23. The Summit Lodge at Snowbird

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Top Of Hidden Peak
Snowbird, UT
sits atop Hidden Peak, is accessible by the ski area's iconic tram, and includes a new restaurant, huge patio, and plenty of event space. Check out more photos, .

And for a major bonus: skiing Snowbird in the spring is a rite of passage, and the ski area usually stays open through May. Score!

24. The Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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3395 Cody Ln
Teton Village, WY 83025

There's nothing quite like riding the Jackson Hole tram to Rendezvous Peak. On a powder day, the 9 minute ride takes 100 excited skiers and snowboarders over 4,000 vertical feet to some of the best steep and deep terrain in the world. The line is worth it, the hype is real. And even once the powder is tracked and everyone heads home, a late-afternoon tram ride is also glorious. The serenity of floating above the Tetons never gets old. Pro tip: hit up Corbet's Cabin at the top for the best waffles in Wyoming.

25. Timberline Lodge

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27500 E Timberline Rd
Government Camp, OR 97028

The Timberline Lodge in Oregon holds the esteemed honor of being the first hotel in a National Forest to be designed, built, and owned by the federal government. Constructed between 1936-1938 on the south slope of Mt. Hood, the 74,000-square-foot hotel helped to define the style of American ski buildings for decades to come. It's a great western lodge in the most classic sense, complete with a ninety-two-foot high stone fireplace, a central lobby, and plenty of wood and stone accents.

26. Tuckerman Ravine

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White Mountain Hwy
Pinkham Notch, NH

Deep in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Tuckerman Ravine has become known as the birthplace of extreme skiing in the United States. Each spring, thousands of snow pilgrims make the 3.1 mile trek to this thrill-loving destination at Mount Washington. The scene is part spring break debauchery, part serious skiing, but there's plenty to watch as skiers and snowboarders attempt to conquer the 45-degree average slope.

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1. 10th Mountain Division Hut System

1280 Ute Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

The 10th Mountain Division Hut System contains 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, each connected by 350 miles of routes perfect for backcountry skiing. Located between Vail, Aspen, and Leadville, the huts honor the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained at nearby Camp Hale in World War II. From the immense scale of the hut system to its dedicated community of users (the huts often book up months in advance), this is ski touring at its finest.

1280 Ute Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

2. Alta Lodge

10230 East State Highway 210, Alta, UT 84092

This past winter, the Alta Lodge celebrated 75 years at the base of its eponymous ski resort. The original, 12-room property first opened its doors on Nov. 29, 1940, when rides on the single-chair Collins lift were 25 cents and Alta ski area was just a year old. Catch a drink at the classic Sitzmark Club for a slopeside windows, a wood-burning fireplace, and an authentic take on Utah skiing.

10230 East State Highway 210
Alta, UT 84092

3. Aspen Art Museum

637 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
that in architect-speak is supposed to "invite those outside to engage with the building's interior." An impressive line up of ever-changing exhibitions make this a must-visit spot, and better yet, admission is free.
637 E Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

4. Big Mountain Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort

3889 Big Mountain Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937

Although it's been the subject of several lawsuits the past few years, Big Mountain Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort is a classic ski town oddity, part funk, part cult, and definitely worth a road trip. It's stood atop Whitefish Mountain since 1954 when the Knights of Columbus built the statue to honor the 10th Mountain Division soldiers who saw combat in World War II. And while a select few take offense to its religious overtones, most view Big Mountain Jesus for what it is: a quirky local landmark (perfect for selfies) that proves ski country isn't all about the glitz, glamour, and fur coats.

3889 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish, MT 59937

5. Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum

231 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657

Located on the third level of the Vail Village Parking structure, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum might be easy to pass by. But inside, you'll find a range of exhibitions and a treasure trove of ski paraphernalia from across the decades. Don't miss the Colorado Snowboard Archive that showcases how the sport evolved from its earliest days in the 1930s to become the popular pastime of today.

231 S Frontage Rd E
Vail, CO 81657

6. Gold Hill Chutes at Telluride Ski Resort

565 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

The hike-to terrain at Telluride Ski Resort is some of the best in North America, featuring everything from steep trees to chutes and plenty of powder stashes. But not every mountain is so dedicated to its beloved expert skiers and snowboarders that they install two steel staircases and a bridge on the mountain, creating a literal stairway to heaven. Providing access to Gold Hill Chutes 9 and 10, a hike up the staircases feels more like Chamonix than Colorado, and that's just fine with us. The gorgeous views are a bonus.

565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435

7. High Camp Pool & Hot Tub

Squaw Valley, Olympic Village, CA 96146

This Squaw Valley staple doesn't just provide some of the best views in ski country, it's also a helluva good time. Located at High Camp at an elevation of 8,200 feet, the hot tub usually opens in March (you can check dates here) and provides a scenic back drop for some of the best après ski parties around. Arrive early and remember to hydrate.

Squaw Valley
Olympic Village, CA 96146

8. Howelsen Hill

845 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

As Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs has been an iconic ski spot since it opened in 1915. More than 79 Olympians and 15 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame have trained at the hill, and the natural ski jumping complex is visible from town. In spring, the trails around Howelsen Hill often dry out faster than others due to its lower elevation. Check out the Emerald Mountain Trails System.

845 Howelsen Parkway
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

9. Imperial Express at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge, CO 80424

No essential guide to ski country can be complete without the highest chairlift in North America. Opened in 2005 and topping out at a whopping 12,840 feet, the Imperial Express at Breckenridge Ski Resort isn't a long ride at just 2.7 minutes, but it provides access to some of Breck's best high-alpine bowls and hike-to-terrain. Oh- and the views aren't too shabby either.

10. Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex

64 Cummings Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Two-time site of the Olympic Winter Games and host to countless World Cup events, the Olympic facilities at Whiteface Lake Placid are worth a trip. Visitors can check out the Jumping Complex and get a bird's eye view of what jumpers see as they accelerate from the 120 meter tower.

64 Cummings Rd
Lake Placid, NY 12946

11. Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky Resort

50 Big Sky Resort Rd, Big Sky, MT 59716

Since 1995, the Lone Peak Tram has been shuttling expert skiers and snowboarders to the peak of one of the gnarliest mountains around. From the top you can see views of three states and on clear days you can even catch a glimpse of the Tetons. And while most skiers opt for top-notch turns off of double-black runs like Marx or Lenin, some thrill seekers go for the incredibly difficult Big Couloir. This is hero skiing at its best, with the entire tram line watching, mandatory turns, and a long no-fall zone. There's a reason you have to check-in at ski patrol before you attempt the Big Couloir.

50 Big Sky Resort Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716

12. PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler, BC, Canada

Building the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at Whistler Blackcomb was an engineering marvel; it is the longest and highest hanging lift in the world. In only 11 minutes, the gondola travels 2.73 miles between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain stations, hanging at its highest point 1,427 feet in the air. The lift also connects the two mountains, creating the largest ski area in North America. Every skier or snowboarder should ride this lift at least once.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler
BC, Canada

13. Quicksilver Gondola at Park City Mountain

1310 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060

The brand new Quicksilver Gondola at Park City Mountain was one of the largest news stories in the ski industry in 2015. As the crowning achievement of Vail Resorts' $50 million investment in Park City Mountain, the eight-passenger Quicksilver Gondola also linked Park City to Canyons to create America's largest ski resort. Together, Park City now has 41 chairlifts, more than 300 trails, and 7,300 skiable acres.

1310 Lowell Ave
Park City, UT 84060

14. Shooting Star Saloon

7350 E 200 S, Huntsville, UT 84317

The oldest bar in Utah was originally built in the 1850s and started operating as a saloon in 1879. This iconic après spot is near skiing at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, and the interior itself is worth a trip. You'll find a 298-pound Saint Bernard named Buck mounted on the wall, along with a massive moose and a slew of dollar bills pinned to the ceiling. Grab a Star Burger (just trust us) and prepare to people watch in one of the last true ski bars around.

7350 E 200 S
Huntsville, UT 84317

15. Stowe Community Church

137 Main St, Stowe, VT 05672

Stowe's most recognized landmark has nothing to do with skiing. Instead it's a white, 19th-century-church with a high steeple that towers over town. Originally built in 1863, the Stowe Community Church may be well-known among church-goers for its Simmons pipe organ, but skiers and snowboarders use the church as a heart-warming sign that they've arrived at one of New England's best ski towns.

137 Main St
Stowe, VT 05672

16. Sun Valley Lodge

1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, ID 83353

Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1935, the Sun Valley Lodge is an iconic example of ski country architecture: rustic, warm, and inviting. And although the property just underwent a major renovation (including a new 20,000-square-foot spa), this family-friendly destination remains an integral part of ski town history.This is the original spot to "rough it in luxury," and with the Lodge's larger rooms, new fitness studios, and upgraded amenities, it's better than ever.

1 Sun Valley Rd.
Sun Valley, ID 83353

17. The Aspen Shrines

601 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611

What's your favorite shrine on #Ajax? #Elvis #Aspen #AspenMountain @aspensnowmass @aspenco #skiing #snowboarding

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Aspen might be better known for glitz and glamour than for its die-hard ski population, but dozens of shrines in the forest prove that there's much more to meet the eye in this acclaimed ski town. Ski down Aspen Mountain and you'll fine shrines paying homage to Marilyn Monroe, John Denver, and Grateful Dead front-man Jerry Garcia. And while most of the shrines are on Ajax, you'll also see some shrines at nearby Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass too. There's no map to the shrines, so if you want to find them your best bet is to ask a local or ski patroller.

601 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611

18. The Beach at Arapahoe Basin

28194 US Highway 6, Keystone, CO 80435

Spring skiing doesn't get any better than Arapahoe Basin. The ski area tops out at 13,050 feet, an elevation that sometimes allows the lifts to run into July. The ski area presently has June 5 pegged as a closing day this year, which sounds mighty fine to us. Insider's tip: book a spot at the Beach, a set of prime parking spots that backs up to three lower mountain chairlifts. You can expect music, good food, and lots of beer.

28194 US Highway 6
Keystone, CO 80435

19. The Mammoth at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

1 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Ski country isn't usually known for its statuary, but the Woolly Mammoth statue at Mammoth Mountain is popular enough to make the cut. Mammoth just wouldn't be the same without Woolly, especially because the statue is an easy way to assess just how much snow has fallen overnight. And while in winter we love Wooly for the snow, in spring we just can't get enough of Mammoth's sunny days.

1 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

20. The Peak to Creek Ski Run at Whistler Blackcomb

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC VON 1B4, Canada

Completing the Peak to Creek at Whistler Blackcomb is one of those bucket list items that every ski or snowboarder needs to cross off. For starters, it's the best way to enjoy all of Whistler's leg-burning vertical, which totals up to 5,280 feet. Mostly on well-groomed corduroy, the Peak to Creek begins from the top of the Peak Express chairlift for a 7-mile descent that will give you a healthy appreciation for the scale of North America's biggest ski area.

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC VON 1B4, Canada

21. The Roundhouse

Midway up Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, ID 83353

The Roundhouse at Sun Valley isn't just another mountain-top dining destination. It was built in 1939 by Union Pacific Railroad Chairman (and Sun Valley founding father) Averell Harriman. The octagonal structure is today serviced by the Roundhouse Gondola and provides tremendous views and a sun-soaked patio.

Midway up Bald Mountain
Sun Valley, ID 83353

22. The Signs at Taos Ski Valley

116 Sutton Pl, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

as I'm looking at only steep runs of moguls in front of me ... #Taos #taosskivalley

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Taos Ski Valley has been known for decades for its unconventional trail signs and names, many of which can still be found on the mountain. Our favorite is this sign at the base of Chair 1 that tries to ease potential skiers' anxiety by explaining that not all of the mountain is as steep as what's in front of them: 1,800 vertical feet of Volkswagen-sized moguls on Al's Run.

116 Sutton Pl
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

23. The Summit Lodge at Snowbird

Top Of Hidden Peak, Snowbird, UT
sits atop Hidden Peak, is accessible by the ski area's iconic tram, and includes a new restaurant, huge patio, and plenty of event space. Check out more photos, .

And for a major bonus: skiing Snowbird in the spring is a rite of passage, and the ski area usually stays open through May. Score!

Top Of Hidden Peak
Snowbird, UT

24. The Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

3395 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY 83025

There's nothing quite like riding the Jackson Hole tram to Rendezvous Peak. On a powder day, the 9 minute ride takes 100 excited skiers and snowboarders over 4,000 vertical feet to some of the best steep and deep terrain in the world. The line is worth it, the hype is real. And even once the powder is tracked and everyone heads home, a late-afternoon tram ride is also glorious. The serenity of floating above the Tetons never gets old. Pro tip: hit up Corbet's Cabin at the top for the best waffles in Wyoming.

3395 Cody Ln
Teton Village, WY 83025

25. Timberline Lodge

27500 E Timberline Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028

The Timberline Lodge in Oregon holds the esteemed honor of being the first hotel in a National Forest to be designed, built, and owned by the federal government. Constructed between 1936-1938 on the south slope of Mt. Hood, the 74,000-square-foot hotel helped to define the style of American ski buildings for decades to come. It's a great western lodge in the most classic sense, complete with a ninety-two-foot high stone fireplace, a central lobby, and plenty of wood and stone accents.

27500 E Timberline Rd
Government Camp, OR 97028

26. Tuckerman Ravine

White Mountain Hwy, Pinkham Notch, NH

Deep in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Tuckerman Ravine has become known as the birthplace of extreme skiing in the United States. Each spring, thousands of snow pilgrims make the 3.1 mile trek to this thrill-loving destination at Mount Washington. The scene is part spring break debauchery, part serious skiing, but there's plenty to watch as skiers and snowboarders attempt to conquer the 45-degree average slope.

White Mountain Hwy
Pinkham Notch, NH