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Jessica Plautz
December 18, 2017

The overall best destination for hitting the slopes this winter, according to Liftopia's “Best in Snow” awards, is Magic Mountain, in Vermont. The resort also came in first last year, keeping its top spot as “Most Challenging in the Northeast and North America.”

Alta, in Utah, came in second overall, taking the top spot in North America for Snow Consistency and Quality, according to Liftopia.

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Liftopia's rankings are based on a survey of 12,000 consumers, weighted against the site's data on annual visits, acreage, capacity, and cost.

Four more resorts in Utah and Vermont, as well as one each in Colorado, Michigan, Wyoming, and Idaho, rounded out the top 10. “Unlike other ski awards,” the awards calculate “survey feedback from thousands of skiers and snowboarders and incorporates the largest dataset in the industry to determine the ski areas consumers are most passionate about.”

  1. Magic Mountain, Vermont
  2. Alta, Utah
  3. Mad River Glen, Vermont
  4. Snowbird, Utah
  5. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
  6. Powder Mountain, Utah
  7. Jay Peak, Vermont
  8. Mount Bohemia, Michigan
  9. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  10. Bald Mountain, Idaho

Skiers and snowboarders from coast to coast have top-ranked options not too far from home all across North America.

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Wherever you're heading to hit the slopes (or just enjoy come hot cocoa), be sure to pack a warm jacket and the best gear.

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