In North America, we live by one rule: Bigger is Better.
Since that’s the law of the land, it’s worth having a look who has the biggest ski resorts in North America.
These are the places you want to go to to get lost, explore, & never see the same thing twice.
These are some of the biggest ski resorts in the world, despite what Europe may be trying to sell you. According to cartographic expert Chris Schrahe, Whistler, Park City, & Big Sky would all be in the world’s top 10 largest ski resorts.
TOP 10 BIGGEST SKI RESORTS in NORTH AMERICA:
#1. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. = 8,171 acres
Whistler Mountain opened in 1966 and Blackcomb Mountain opened in 1980. In 1997, Whistler merged with Blackcomb becoming the enormous Whistler Blackcomb we know today.
#2. Park City, UT = 7,300 acres
Vail Resorts has run The Canyons ski resort since 2013. In 2014, Vail began running Park City as well. In 2015, they build a gondola connecting the two resorts making the largest ski resort in the USA.
#3. Big Sky, MT = 5,800 acres
Big Sky Resort opened in late 1973. In 2013, Big Sky Resort became the largest ski resort in the United States by land area with 5,800 acres when they acquired neighboring Moonlight Basin ski area and Spanish Peak ski area. Today, Big Sky is the 2nd largest ski resort in the USA.
#4. Vail, CO = 5,289 acres
Vail opened in 1962 and was founded by a World War II 10th Mountain Division veteran. Vail has expanded many times to reach its current size as the 3rd largest ski resort in the USA. Vail Resorts also runs 2 other ski resorts on this list: Park City & Heavenly.
#5. Heavenly, CA-NV = 4,800 acres
Heavenly is the largest ski resort on the West Coast and it spans two states, Nevada & California. Heavenly opened in 1955.
#6. Sun Peaks, Canada = 4,270 acres
Until 1993, Sun Peaks was named Tod Mountain. Tod Mountain was founded in 1961. Sun Peaks has undergone many expansions to become Canada’s 2nd largest ski resort.
#7. Lake Louise, Canada = 4,200 acres
Established in 1954 in the “birthplace of Canadian skiing.” Originally, the resort was two ski resorts: Whitehorn & Temple. They amalgamated as Lake Louise Ski Area in 1971.
#8. Mt. Bachelor, OR = 3,683 acres
Mount Bachelor was found by World War II 10th Mountain Division Elite Force ski trooper Bill Healy in 1958. Bill’s very first rope tow took you 1,000-vertical-feet up the mountain. Bachelor installed the Northwest Chair in 1997 making Bachelor into the 3rd largest single mountain ski resort in the USA and creating the option to ski 360º off the summit of the stratovolcano called Mt. Bachelor.
**Bachelor will be adding 635-acres to their ski resort in 2016/17 bumping them to #6 largest ski resort in North America.
#9. Squaw Valley, CA = 3,600 acres
Squaw Valley was founded in 1949. Squaw held the 8th Winter Olympic Games in 1960. Squaw was the American birthplace of extreme skiing via Scot Schmidt in the 1980s. Squaw purchased neighboring Alpine Meadows in 2012. Squaw is currently attempting to join the two resorts via gondola which would make Squaw Alpine the 3rd largest ski resort in the USA at 6,200 acres.
#10. Mammoth, CA = 3,500 acres
Mammoth was founded in 1953 by the legendary Dave McCoy. Mammoth is the highest ski resort on the West Coast of North America. Mammoth has become famous for its incredible terrain parks and for being open more than 6 months per year.