Here are North America’s top 10 mountain towns that provide equally great skiing and great year-round living, as chosen by current “graduated” ski bums according to the popular ski website Liftopia.
Revelstoke: Home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Nelson: Home to Whitewater Ski Resort
Alta, Uta: Home of Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts
Banff, Alberta: Home to Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Resorts
Durango, Colorado: Home to Purgatory Mountain Resort
Killington, Vermont: Home to Killington Mountain Resort
Lake Placid, New York: Home to Whiteface Mountain Resort
North Conway, New Hampshire: Home to numerous resorts
St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec: Home to Mont Sainte Anne
Whitefish, Montana: Home to Whitefish Mountain Resort
Liftopia states, “Welcome to the “graduated” ski bum life, the one that affords year-round adventure with a nod to your responsible side. Whether you spent time chasing snow as a freshly graduated college student or you find yourself wishing you had taken that ski bum opportunity while you had the chance, you can get it now and keep it for good.
The best news? While racking up days at some of the continent’s best ski hills, you won’t have to give up family life, financial security or the other non-ski activities you love (yes, we’re actually recognizing that there are three other seasons to be enjoyed).”