10. Northstar-at-Tahoe, California

Northstar-at-Tahoe is a fun-for-the-whole-family resort. The resort village has great dining and lodging right on the mountain, and the service offered is bound to put a smile on the grumpiest face. An outstanding instructional program, along with the varied terrain, make Northstar a great place to learn, improve riding skills, or find fresh powder after a storm.

More advanced riders looking to cut loose on steeper pitches and more varied terrain should beeline for The Backside Express Quad Chair. The resort’s new Lookout Mountain includes 200 acres of advanced terrain, four new runs, and plenty of tree riding that’s perfect on a powder day. This area is steeper than the back side and is accessed by a new high-speed quad, Lookout Mountain Express.

There are seven terrain parks¿one of them almost a mile long¿with two halfpipes. Some of the parks have beginner features. One called Magic Moguls looks like a parking lot of snow-covered VWs. Another is a snakerun with high walls. The Polaris Park halfpipe is lit on weekend and holiday evenings.

The front of the resort offers beginner and intermediate terrain with nice open groomed runs. The terrain is mellow, just like the overall feel of the resort.

¿John Chorlton