It's hard to pick the perfect ski trip. Should you ski deep powder at Jackson? Watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky at Alyeska? Or explore North America's first major ski resort? Here at OnTheSnow we argue about trips all the time. With a limited amount of time away from our desks, we search for the perfect way to spend it. We don't always agree and usually the debate spills over into a post-work happy hour beer. But one thing is consistent: we all love to ski and North America is a playground for skiers of all ability levels and desires.

So after much deliberation, a few heated arguments and endless hours of work, we've whittled down the season's best 16 trips. They won't please everyone, but that's okay. The goal's to get out there and explore. Because everyone needs an adventure. 

In no particular order:

  1. Attend the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton
  2. Go Cat Skiing at Sugarbush with John Egan
  3. Explore the Backcountry at the Trapp Family Lodge
  4. Go to the Burlington Winter Festival
  5. Hit the Only USSA Revolution Tour Stop in the Midwest at Otsego Club
  6. Explore the Slopes of Terry Peak & the History of the Badlands & Mt. Rushmore
  7. Become a Better Freeskier at Woodward at Copper Mountain
  8. Bobsled the 2002 Olympic Track in Park City
  9. Attend the Steep and Deep Camp at Jackson Hole
  10. Attend the World Ice Festival in Breckenridge
  11. Ski Touring at Skoki Lodge
  12. Sun Peaks Wine Festival, British Columbia
  13. Heli-Ski at Bighorn Lodge in Revelstoke
  14. See the Northern Lights at Alyeska
  15. Explore Sun Valley--America's First Major Ski Resort
  16. Attend the Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley