Liftopia.comLiftopia's Hidden Gems 2013

These Hidden Gems are the ski areas that you might not know about, but should. From California to Maine, British Columbia to Quebec, these are some of our favorite ski areas that fly under the radar. Each one offers something unique – terrain, powder, views, amenities – but they all have one thing in common: fun. And with lift ticket deals up to 72% off, they’re worth discovering this season.

49 Degrees North 49 Degrees North
in Chewelah, WA
1,851 Vertical Ft. 82 Trails 7

“…some of the driest snow in Washington. A great, laid back, no frills and family friendly ski area with terrain for every level of skier or boarder.”

“…the tree skiing is the best. Looking forward to the new lifts and the new area they look like they are planning.”

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Arapahoe Basin
in Dillon, CO
960 Acres 2,270 Vertical Ft. 109 Trails 8

“…the way it should be: short lines, long runs, lots of terrain, great people.”

“…I’ve been coming to A-Basin for 25+ years, and it’s still the best. No crowds, mostly locals, great staff and even better terrain and runs.”

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Aspen/Snowmass Aspen Highlands
in Aspen, CO
3,635 Vertical Ft. 118 Trails 5

“…the incomparable Highland Bowl of Aspen is the one way ticket to powder heaven.”

“…gain access to an amazing amount of steep, sustained vertical. Snow tends to get blown back into the bowl, so even “skied” snow can get better throughout the day.”

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Brian Head Brian Head
in Brian Head, UT
665 Acres 1,707 Vertical Ft. 65 Trails 8

“…awesome place to learn to ski or board and receives a ton of great snow.”

“…some of Utah’s driest powder, over a dozen black diamond runs, more hike-able backcountry snow bowls –and one of Utah’s most scenic ski settings.”

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Brighton Brighton
in Brighton, UT
1,050 Acres 1,745 Vertical Ft. 66 Trails 7

“…best snow in the Salt Lake City area.”

“…great atmosphere, a good variety of terrain, a lift system that gets you around without traversing.”

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Burke Mountain Burke
in East Burke, VT
270 Acres 2,011 Vertical Ft. 55 Trails 6

“…best kept secret in the Northeast. Rivals any of the bigger operations.”

“…amazing to find a mountain with such variety and good, challenging trails so empty of skiers and with such an easy going vibe.”

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Grand Targhee
in Alta, WY
2,602 Acres 2,270 Vertical Ft. 77 Trails 5

“…could not be more addicted to Targhee. The conditions are epic every week and the beer is nice and cold…”

“…great kids area! My 10 year old loved skiing through the candy cane forest and the alley oops…”

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Homewood Homewood
in Homewood, CA
1,260 Acres 1,650 Vertical Ft. 64 Trails 8

“…still a great hidden gem. On storm days when the rest of the resorts are shut down, head here for some great tree skiing.”

“…the views alone are worth the lift ticket price. One could sit for hours above the Face Run to admire them.”

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Jay Peak Jay Peak
in Jay, VT
385 Acres 2,153 Vertical Ft. 77 Trails 9

“…the snow was perfect under our boards. The trails were quiet and wide open. We rode all day ’til we could ride no more. It was by far our best day at a resort ever.”

“…best mountain in the East for pow pow and glades.”

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Mission Ridge Mission Ridge
in Wenatchee, WA
2,000 Acres 2,250 Vertical Ft. 36 Trails 6

“…this ski area is such a delight in terms of snow, terrain and accessibility. The whole family can find fun up here!”

“…great place for skiing without waiting in lines. Beautiful views, snow was great! Sunshine!”

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Monarch Monarch
in Monarch, CO
800 Acres 1,162 Vertical Ft. 63 Trails 8

“…great family atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and professional.”

“…few lift lines, and a solid variety of terrain.”

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Moonlight Basin Moonlight Basin
in Big Sky, MT
1,900 Acres 4,150 Vertical Ft. 101

“…I fell in love with the place and would go back in a heartbeat. Perfect for us ‘blue-groomer-bordering-on-black’ runners. Beautiful, interesting terrain…”

“…the best glade skiing I’ve done in 10 years. Get a local to show you the terrain or ask one of the mountain hosts to escort you.”

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Mt. Baldy Mt. Baldy
in Mt. Baldy, CA
400 Acres 2,100 Vertical Ft. 26 Trails 4

“…the terrain is challenging enough for a quick ski fix and the views are great!”

“…Mt. Baldy has old school charm. Best place in SoCal for advanced runs and vertical drops.”

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Mt. Rose
in Reno, NV
1,200 Acres 1,800 Vertical Ft. 60 Trails 8

“…steep terrain (“The Chutes” are about as extreme as you can get for in-bound terrain in Lake Tahoe), good tree runs, and long, groomed runs.”

“…the runs are first class, the grooming is excellent and the views are breathtaking.”

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Owl's Head Owl’s Head
in Mansonville, QC
163 Acres 1,772 Vertical Ft. 50 Trails 9

“…beautiful mountain with wide runs that are perfect for beginners. You don’t spend most of your time waiting for the lifts.”

“…best kept secret in Quebec; a big mountain with spectacular views of Lake Memphremagog at a very reasonable price.”

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Plattekill Plattekill
in Roxbury, NY
110 Acres 1,100 Vertical Ft. 38 Trails 3

“…I was the only one on the runs, which, though narrow, matched the slopes of the mountain beautifully. What a great discovery!”

“…great and challenging terrain, and awesome “in the woods” feel to many of the trails.”

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Red Mountain Red Mountain
in Rossland, BC
1,685 Acres 2,919 Vertical Ft. 88 Trails 6

“…the people who call Red Mountain their home will chat with you on the lifts, give you tips for the best skiing at the mountain and share with you how they came and never left.”

“…tree runs are some of the best anywhere; good spacing, good pitch, long-ish. Come here for exploring.”

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Revelstoke Revelstoke
in Revelstoke, BC
3,121 Acres 5,620 Vertical Ft. 59 Trails 5

“…amazing glades, never-ending runs, powder heaven – challenging and amazing!”

“…enjoy one of B.C.’s best kept secrets! Amazing terrain, brand new fast lifts, and quality snow make Revelstoke a true hidden gem.”

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Saddleback Saddleback
in Rangeley, ME
220 Acres 2,000 Vertical Ft. 66 Trails 5

“…short lift lines, great terrain, and enormous amounts of snow.”

“…pure Maine skiing at its best! Great glades, narrow winding bump trails and one of the best learning areas in the Northeast.”

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Schweitzer Schweitzer
in Sandpoint, ID
2,900 Acres 2,400 Vertical Ft. 92 Trails 9

“…the runs are meticulously maintained and many of the extremely steep runs are groomed.”

“…when you’re at the top with a view of the lake on a clear day, you wonder why you’d go anywhere else.”

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Silver Star Silver Star
in Silver Star Mountain, BC
3,065 Acres 2,500 Vertical Ft. 115 Trails 12

“…an awesome family-friendly ski resort experience. Views and scenery are utterly jaw-dropping.”

“…be prepared to have an excellent ski adventure with family and friends! Happy, helpful service, great runs for all… SILVER STAR, HOME OF MY HEART!”

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Snowbasin Snowbasin
in Huntsville, UT
3,200 Acres 2,959 Vertical Ft. 113 Trails 10

“…all the terrain you want from beginner to expert, and the gondolas are awesome. Still running through fresh powder at the end of the day.”

“…hard to beat when it comes to comfort, parking proximity, friendliness of staff and the mountain itself. It’s got something for everyone.”

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Stevens Pass Stevens Pass
in Leavenworth, WA
1,125 Acres 1,800 Vertical Ft. 37 Trails 10

“…if you’re a powder hound, hit up the backside!”

“…the slopes are well groomed and attractive, and the views are unbeatable.”

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Sugarloaf Sugarloaf
in Carrabassett Valley, ME
1,153 Acres 2,820 Vertical Ft. 154 Trails 14

“…lots of vert, great steeps, off the beaten path, but totally worth it.”

“…powder was awesome, moguls were fantastic, steeps were out of this world.”

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Wildcat Wildcat
in Jackson, NH
2,112 Vertical Ft. 49 Trails 5

“…I’ve skied New England my whole life and it just doesn’t get any better than Wildcat. Nothing I know of in the East compares with it’s beauty.”

“…the wonder and the raw beauty of skiing the trails of Wildcat – it’s true nature.”

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