Best in the West Ski and Snowboard Project

We set out to find the best ski resort in the United States! The results were surprising

Matt and Emilie

In fall of 2013 Emilie and I moved to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City just so happened to be located at the the geograhic center of the most amazing ski mountains in the United States. I was raised a skier and snowboarder from the age of three, so I jumped at the chance to put together a tour to some of the best ski hills the west. We didn’t visit every hill, but we did visit a lot. We talked to a lot of locals, made guides to the resorts and towns, shot videos with locals’ tips, made some amazing photo essays. It’s all on this page. I hope you find some of it useful! I discovered a few little-known gems that I plan to go back to. I hope you find them too!

About the Best in the West Tour

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The Ski Areas


01 Jackson Hole02 Grand Targhee



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Crested ButteTelluride

Wolf Creek




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Some Extremely Serious Gear

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Finding the best ski resort in the western United States is a serious job. We’re going to have to do a lot of skiing and snowboarding, interview a lot of people, take a lot of photos and videos, and upload a large number of said photos to Facebook and Twitter to make sure our friends are sufficiently jealous.

We’re taking this job very seriously.

Serious people doing serious jobs require serious equipement. Below is a list of the most important gear that we’re taking with us. Click on the name of any piece of gear for more information about it.

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