Off-piste in North America

First Class Freeriding in North America

Whistler

Largest ski area in North America , Consistently vo...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Non-skiers

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Intermediate

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Aspen

Ski legend, 4 mountains , As classy as it gets

Great for:

  • Celeb spotting
  • Non Skiers
  • Varied ski area

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

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Vail

World class resort, 2nd largest ski area ...

Great for:

  • Late season
  • Groups
  • Foodies

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Banff

3 ski resorts, Cosy mountain town, Stunning sights of...

Great for:

  • Long ski breaks
  • Non-skiers
  • Varied terrain

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

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Jackson Hole

World class skiing, Wild West après, Superb ski school

Great for:

  • Experts
  • Off piste
  • Groups

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Fernie

Amazing powder bowls , Award winning ski town, Ski-o...

Great for:

  • Off piste
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Snow sure

Beginner

Intermediate

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Lake Tahoe

Over 20,000 skiable in bound acres, Californian/Neva...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Intermediates
  • Off piste

Beginner

Intermediate

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Panorama

Unpretentious vibe , Friendly village, Warm side of ...

Great for:

  • Off-piste
  • Families
  • Heli-skiing

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

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Jasper

Crowd free skiing , Friendly town , 4 mountain faces

Great for:

  • Long season
  • Groups
  • Scenery

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Solitude

Great snow record, Short transfers

Great for:

  • Families
  • Intermediates
  • Quiet ski holidays

Beginner

Intermediate

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Most of the world’s biggest names in backcountry hail from North America – where mythical mountains + champagne powder = unforgettable descents. From the Canadian Rockies to Colorado Ski Country, this continent has some of the finest terrain for off piste holidays on planet earth.
Whether you’re a veteran off pister or brand spanking powder newbie, North America has shedloads of terrain to suit, with instructors, guides and mountain hosts to help you on your way. To experience the best of the best, find our favourite American and Canadian powder resorts below.

North America: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Backcountry

Consistently voted near, if not at the top of almost every skier’s dream destination as well as most official rankings, Whistler has planted its roots very deeply and is there to stay. This monolithic resort has hosted events like the 2010 Olympics and continues to draw in athletes, holiday makers and anyone else who visits with an intense, immeasurable and undiminishing pull.

“Prestige” is probably the word that best describes Aspen Snowmass. This is one of the most renowned resorts worldwide, with 4 ski areas, exclusive dining and après, high end shopping and the chance to rub shoulders with the A Listers. If you can afford Aspen Snowmass, there are few places to rival this exquisite destination.

You’ll be hard pushed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Vail. Rivalling Aspen as the resort of choice for the uber rich and super famous, it’s the 2nd largest ski area in the USA, has a vibrant cosmopolitan town and offers an outstanding visitor experience - one of the best in the world.

With a slightly different ski holiday on the cards, spend your days out and about exploring the sights and ski areas of the magnificent national park (featuring some of the best scenery and slopes on the planet) – before heading downtown for hearty Canadian grub, friendly nightlife and world-renowned accommodation in one of North America’s legendary mountain towns.

Encompassing an old cowboy town, mountain resort, 2,500 acres of inbound terrain and almost limitless backcountry, Jackson Hole should definitely be high up the bucket list for any passionate skier. It was voted “Best Overall Resort in North America” by SKI Magazine - if that’s not enough of a reason to visit, we don’t know what is.

Whether it’s down to a local legend, the Griz, or just good old Mother Nature, an annual snow depth of more than two double-decker buses is the making of an awesome week on the Rockies. And with those glorious groomers and deep powder bowls up in resort, plus some cool Canadian vibes downtown, what’s not to love about Fernie?

When everyone thinks about the world’s biggest ski area, they immediately think of the Three Valleys, which works in Lake Tahoe’s favour as it keeps lift queues and piste density down. Add this to well over 20,000 acres of the most varied skiable terrain, Las Vegas style après, Californian sun and breath-taking views, and you have a truly epic ski area.

Set in the Purcell Mountains within the Canadian Rockies range, Panorama ski holidays provide an unbeatable mix of excellent skiing and take-your-breath-away, soul-rejuvenating views (it’s all in the name!). The atmosphere is intimate and laid back, with slope side hot spring baths, quality accommodation and reliably tasty Rockies’ grub.

Marmot Basin is heaven on earth if you love unpretentious, untamed skiing. The slopes are split evenly for beginners, intermediates and experts, all covered in deliciously dry powder; both Marmot Basin and Jasper Town have a friendly, authentic and down to earth vibe where you’ll feel right at home and the surrounding Rockies are naturally awesome.

An oasis of calm among the ski giants of the Utah region, this resort’s name is no misnomer. Though it’s among the elite Rockies 6 for snow cover, and has intermediate and expert runs good as any in the state, the crowds just never came. It’s no wonder Deer Valley smelt the potential. They bought up the resort in 2015 and have big things in store…

If you want to ski or snowboard the very best off piste resorts North America, choose from our list of the top North American off-piste ski resorts.

All of these ski and snowboard mountains have at some stage held titles like "best Off piste resorts North America" or "best back country snowboarding resorts North America", or been included in the winners lists of "top north american back country ski resorts"... they are the best Off piste resorts North America.

Enjoy the definitive list of top 10 best off-piste North American ski resorts


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