#7 Big Sky, Montana
Single Day Adult Window Rate: $119
Three Day Adult Online Rate: $290 ($97/day)
Why Ski There: In a word, terrain. Big Sky and the adjacent resort of Moonlight Basin share Lone Peak mountain, and with a combined total of 5,512 acres of terrain, it’s had the most acreage in the United States before Park City merged with Canyons. The only line you’ll find here is the one you carve down one of the Dictator Chutes on a powder morning.
Why It’s a Bargain: Children age 10 and under ski free, and dining at local favorites like Allgoods for barbecue or Buck’s Pub at Buck’s T-4 Lodge won’t break the bank.
Where to Stay: Huntley Lodge (doubles from $168) is on the slopes in the heart of the village. Be sure to check out the 320 Guest Ranch’s “Great Value Ski & Stay Package,“ where $77 gets you cabin accommodations, lift ticket, transportation to the shuttle, and continental breakfast.