The 5 Best Places to Ski in America

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Want to ski naked? There’s a resort for that. With so many amazing ski resorts throughout the USA that boast different pulse-quickening features such as best powder, best half-pipe and best drink special, there is truly something for every bunny. It all depends on what you’re looking for. If you simply seek the best overall resort, with the best terrain, dining and lifts, then Conde Nast readers declared Telluride in Colorado the national winner. But if you have more specific needs, then take a look at what the other resorts have to offer.

5 Best Place to Ski and Risk Your Life: Jackson Hole

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If you’re want the resort where you are most likely to end up an organ donor, then head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This resort offers runs so life-threatening, they include a disclaimer that medics might not even dare to come after you once you get in trouble. Good luck in becoming a permanent part of the mountain. One run in particular—known as Corbet’s Couloir—has a reputation for upending even the most adept skier. If you can survive the initial two-story drop, tight turn and 45-degree exit, then you will be one of the few who can brag back at the lodge.

4 Best Place to Ski and Save a Buck: Bridger Bowl

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Not everyone can afford to plunk down thousands of dollars for a weekend at Deer Valley or Aspen, and that is where Bridger Bowl steps in. Located about 20 minutes away from Montana State University, lift tickets are a fraction of the price of more well-known resorts. Instead of Michelin-rated restaurants, you will find funky record shops and vegetarian cafes. Instead of sipping Manhattans made with whiskey older than this century, you can grab a beer at Montana Aleworks. Instead of popping into Louis Vuitton when you take a day off from the slopes, you can visit Emerson, the site of a former school that now proudly displays up-and-coming local artists.

3 Best Place to Ski and Stalk Celebrities: Deer Valley

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Mountains are pretty and all, but some resorts excel at improving the landscape with famous patrons. Once a year, Deer Valley hosts the Celebrity SkiFest, attracting television and film stars to the slopes to raise money for Waterkeeper Alliance, a charity that protects rivers, streams and coastlines all over the world. Deer Valley is one resort accessible from Park City, which is home to the Sundance Film Festival, a whirlwind couple of weeks every January lousy with films, photo opportunities and parties. If you can handle the crowds, you ought to spot some facinating celebs.

2 Best Place to Ski and Hook up: Snowbird

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If you are single, and looking for a stranger who shares your love of both extreme skiing and dating, then head to Snowbird in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. According to GuySpeed, the young and wild like to congregate at The Tram, a bar on the mountain that serves drink specials like $5 shots and beer; a seriously worrisome idea at that elevation. Park City isn’t too far away with plenty of additional bar-hopping options, including the delicious and classy High West Distillery, which features whiskeys and vodkas perfected at 7,000 feet.

1 Best Place to Ski and Go Naked: Aspen

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Aspen, Colorado, is at the top of a lot of ski resort lists for its decadent atmosphere and nighttime entertainment. Now you can add nudity to the best reasons to come here. Tours operated by Shoes Only Travel manage groups of nudists through ski resort activities once a year. If you are worried your ski vacation will include too many layers, then join this tour for a titillating winter experience. Typically occurring in March, this five-night package is called the Sexy Snow Bunny Lifestyle Ski Trip. However, this tour is for couples and single ladies only.

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