Mt. Baker – Washington
Mt. Baker in Washington has the best lift tickets in North America according to the Ski Area Management Magazine and also has holds the World Record for the highest snowfall in a season with 1,140 inches (2,896 cm) for the winter of 1998-99. With an annual average snowfall of 647 inches (1,638 cm), a vertical rise of 1,500 feet (455 m), 8 quad chairs, 2 rope tows, 31 % expert terrain, 45% intermediate and 24% beginner terrain, Mt Baker could be the ultimate powder destination in the world today!
Alta Ski Resort is located in Utah on Wasatch Mountains just east of Salt Lake City (Winter Olympics 2002). Alta is one of the oldest ski resorts in America, opening it;s first lifts in 1939. Unfortunately, Alta is also one of the three remaining resorts in America that prohibits snowboarders! The other two resorts are Deer Valley and Mad River Glen in Vermont.
When you talk of powder, you have to have some mention of Alaska. Home of big mountain heli skiing and snowboarding, Alaska is also home to some fantastic resorts. One of the more popular resorts is Alyeska. With an impressive 643 inches of snowfall each season at the top of the resort, it is no wonder.
Kirkwood Resort California
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is situated to the south of Lake Tahoe. A popular destination for skiers and snowboarders from California or around the world with a average annual snowfall of 472 inches. One of the main features of Kirkwood that make it so attractive is the 2 mile ridgeline at the top of the resort making it perfect for camera crew to film cliff drops and steep chute runs. Kirkwood is also one of the larger resorts in the Lake Tahoe region.
Niseko, Japan or as it is becoming known worldwide as – Jpow. What was once a sleepy village on the Northern Island of Hokkaido is now a very quickly developing international ski resort as the world wakes up to the amount of snow Japan and especially receives and with the fantastic, culture and Niseko Accommodation options. With an average season ranging from mid November to mid May and an average annual snowfall of approximately 600 inches, Niseko is a powder mecca! Providing a more affordable travel alternative for residents of Australia, New Zealand and other close Asian countries, Niseko Japan is sure to continue to grow as the word spreads around the world of stories and photos of this unique Japan ski village.