10 Longest Vertical Drops in North America


We’ve decided to put a small twist on this statistic.  The rankings we are displaying below only reflect the amount of vertical that can be accessed via a chairlift.  No hiking.  Just riding chairs and skiing down.  This is more relevant for the highest percentage of skiers in North America, so we thought we’d allow the numbers to reflect that.

 

#1 – REVELSTOKE, B.C.

Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke, B.C.

Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke, B.C.

- 5,620 Vertical Feet (most continuous vert in the Americas)

- If you hike, you can get 5,997 vertical feet

- 3,500 acres of skiable terrain

- Video of pillow dropping stormy deepness at Revelstoke

 

#2 – WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, B.C.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

- 5,234 Vertical Feet (resort claims 5,280 so they can say “a vertical mile”) at Blackcomb

- If you hike, you can get 5,678 vertical feet

- Whistler is at 4,978 Vertical Feet

- 8,000 acres of skiable terrain

- Video of the 100’ front flip at Whistler

 

#3 – JACKSON HOLE, WY

Jackson Hole, WY.  photo:  washington post

Jackson Hole, WY. photo: washington post

- 4,105 Vertical Feet (most continuous vertical in the USA)

- 2,500 skiable acres

- Video of some guys from Squaw skiing the North Shore at Jackson Hole

 

#4 – KICKING HORSE, B.C.

Kicking Horse, B.C.
Kicking Horse, B.C.

- 3,790 Vertical Feet

- If you hike, you can get 3,881 vertical feet

- 3,000 skiable acres

- Video of some quality big mountain lines at Kicking Horse

#5 – SNOWMASS, CO

snowmass view

- 4,030 Vertical Feet

- If you hike, you can get 4,396 vertical feet

- 3,500 skiable acres

- Video of Snowmass Freeskier madness

 

#6 – BIG SKY & MOONLIGHT BASIN, MT

Lone Peak @ Big Sky, MT.  photo:  keithhensen.net

Lone Peak @ Big Sky, MT. photo: keithhenson.net

- 4,016 Vertical Feet

- If ya hike, you can get 4,346 vertical feet

- 5,750 skiable acres

- Big Sky & Moonlight Basin are now 1 ski resort and you can ski it all on one pass making it “The Biggest Ski Resort in the USA”

- Video of snowboarder Erik Morrison making the most of Big Sky’s big vert

 

#7 – PANORAMA, B.C.

Panorama, B.C.

Panorama, B.C.

- 3,979 Vertical Feet

- 3,000 acres

- Beautiful video of Panorama’s incredible vistas

 

#8 – TELLURIDE, CO

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

- 3,830 Vertical Feet

- If you hike, you can get 4,410 vertical feet

- 2,500 skiable acres

- Video with Alpha Blondie reggie at Telluride from “Blizzard of Ahhhhhs”

 

#9 – TIMBERLINE, OR

Remember this scene?  The Shining, Timberline Lodge, OR

Remember this scene? The Shining, Timberline Lodge, OR

- 3,690 Vertical Feet 

- Longest vertical drop in North America from November – September

- If you hike, you can get 7,250 vertical feet

- 1,500 skiable acres

- Video of the Timberline Lodge in the famous Kubrick movie ”The Shining”

 

#10 – ASPEN HIGHLANDS, CO

Aspen Highlands, CO showing Highlands Bowl

Aspen Highlands, CO showing Highlands Bowl

- 3,572 Vertical Feet

- If you hike, you can get 4,292 vertical feet

- 1,500 skiable acres

- Video of Aspen Highlands pow skiing

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Comment(s): 21

  1. Chammified

    I wonder how much vert resorts in Europe have? probably blow us away. Not sure.

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    1. Euroski

      Yes, totally: Chamonix: 9209 feet (Aiguille du Midi to Chamonix; Vallee Blanche)

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      1. Ignasi

        Euroski!!!! only by lift!!!! No hiking acces!!! What are you talking about??? jajaja

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        1. BobbyEnglish

          Don’t know about you Ignasi, but I’ve taken the cable car to the Augille du Midi many times. So yes, it is lift accessed.

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    2. Ignasi

      Hi, i live in Barcelona, Catalonia, and i´ve been skiing at Revelstoke!! fantastic mountain with vertical drop record in America, but i´ve been skiing in Italy (Cervinia) and Zermatt and it have a summit at 3899m and base in Cervinia 2000m and in Zermatt 1500m (conected resorts at the summit) Fantastic!!! but the snow…..is so diferent!!!! You have the best snow in the world!!! Bye!!

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      1. Jump Turner

        You can have all the vertical in the world, but if you ain’t got the snow, you gots nuttin. That said, skiing Europe is mind blowing.

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  2. Riverton Boy

    Jackson is the best resort of all these no matter where they rank. Jax!!

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  3. Jeff Sanders

    as I understand it, as an Oregon resident that has taken a tour of Timberline Lodge, the only scene that they actually use the CCC built lodge is for the opening scene. I wanted to do the maze, damn it.

    …and sit at the bar. It is cooler than the movie tho, because of the history and craftsmanship that went into the construction of it.

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  5. Anonymous

    I believe your Big Sky stats are not correct. 4,350′ is the true chairlift accessible vertical. The top of the tram is 11,150′ and the bottom of the six shooter on the Moonlight side is at 6,800′, so this 4,350′ is skiable via the north summit snowfield as long as you have the proper avalanche gear and a partner. Most ski one of the dictator bowls down to the Big Sky Base Area (7,500′) for a vertical of 3,650′. It is not possible to ski down to the bottom of the lone moose lift (6800′) from the peak without taking another lift.
    As long as the snow isn’t blown off the top of Lone Peak, it is possible to hike the sixteen vertical feet from the tram and ski down for a grand total of 4,366′.
    Numbers aside, skiing anywhere is a privilege and an awesome pastime.

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