Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
For a long season, incredible snow reliability and an old school skiing vibe, Arapahoe Basin is one of the USA's best options.
With a summit altitude of almost 4000m, snow reliability is almost guaranteed at A Basin. It is regularly first to open each year in October and regularly stays open right through until June, giving access to a compact but very varied ski area. The addition of the Montezuma and Beavers chairlifts in the past few years has hugely expanded the terrain on offer and there's some great steep skiing to be found when the snow is good.
There's no accommodation on the hill, but the base lodge is very popular and serves up good food, regularly hosts live music and comes to life in particular on warm spring afternoons. Stay down the valley at nearby Keystone or base yourself a little further away at Breckenridge – there's a shuttle bus linking all three.
Resort website: www.arapahoebasin.com