5 Ski Resorts For Varied Abilities

Find­ing a ski resort that appeals to every­one can often­times be dif­fi­cult. The choic­es are much sim­pler when every­one in the group is at a sim­i­lar skill lev­el, but there are a good num­ber of resorts that have some­thing for every­one — from bun­ny hills to the steep and deep and every­thing in between.

The resorts on this list have cen­tral­ly locat­ed meet-up spots so that peo­ple can go skiing/riding on runs that match their abil­i­ty lev­els and still be able to meet up with oth­ers in their group for lunch or some après–ski beverages.


Heav­en­ly — South Lake Tahoe, CA
Heav­en­ly is a ski area that will pro­vide a com­plete ski vaca­tion for any­one inter­est­ed. It strad­dles two states, allow­ing you to ski between Cal­i­for­nia and Neva­da when­ev­er you want. There are ample rolling hills that give begin­ners and inter­me­di­ates plen­ty of room to push them­selves fur­ther in rel­a­tive com­fort. Experts can try their skills at Mott and Kille­brew Canyons, where the snow stays deep and the ter­rain is steep. The gon­do­la enables easy access from town, where there are ample enter­tain­ment options.


Breck­en­ridge, CO
Breck is one of the most under­rat­ed expe­ri­ences for any moun­tain resort, any­where. It’s often over­shad­owed by Vail but that does­n’t both­er many of the locals since it means less tourists crowd­ing up their hill. The tourists that do vis­it this Old West­ern-style min­ing town will be delight­ed to find trails that suit all abil­i­ties. With one of the best ter­rain parks in the U.S., you can progress your freestyle skills while your newb siblings/friends are just tak­ing it easy in the greens at the base of Peaks 8 and 9.

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Artur Staszews­ki

Mont Trem­blant, QC
This gem in East­ern Cana­da is an excel­lent des­ti­na­tion for East-Coast­ers look­ing for a quick escape. It has a pur­pose-built vil­lage that will keep even non-skiers enter­tained. For those who do wish to brave the slopes, you’ll find all but the most insane runs, as well as plen­ty of wide runs to keep begin­ners enter­tained before every­one ren­dezvous at Place St. Bernard on the South Side. One dis­claimer: It can get very cold and icy (as with all oth­er East Coast resorts), so begin­ners take caution.


Snow­bird, UT
Close to Salt Lake City up Lit­tle Cot­ton­wood Canyon, “The Bird” is one of those places that every ski­er and board­er should see more than once, because the more you improve, the more you will enjoy it. Even the pros are chal­lenged each year dur­ing the Big-Moun­tain freeski­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and don’t get us start­ed on Mount Baldy on the back­side. But say you’re with some newbs? Head to Baby Thun­der lift, where your friends can play on the bun­ny hills while you enjoy the large­ly ignored blacks like Tiny Tiger. Some­times, the snow­fall is best on that side of the moun­tain so while every­one else is crust­ing it up in Min­er­al Basin, you’ll be on fresh tracks near Creekside.


Whistler, BC
Whistler is known for the steep chutes, pil­low lines, cliff drops, and the world-famous Olympic down­hill run. What many peo­ple don’t know is that it also has some of the longest green and blue runs any­where. So while the young’ins are in ski school, the cool kids can be rip­ping up the ter­rain park or head­ing to the peak. And Mom and Pop can cruise hap­pi­ly along the cor­duroy, with every­one meet­ing up con­ve­nient­ly at lunch. At night the vil­lage comes alive with plen­ty of enter­tain­ment, leav­ing Whistler as one of the best resorts on the planet.