3 Small Ski Resorts You Can't Miss

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The small, soulful resort is not dead yet. Here are three we love.

1. Big Powderhorn, Michigan

Located in the Upper Peninsula, Big Powderhorn is a Midwestern gem that skis far larger than its 250 acres. Owned and operated in part by the Noren family for the last nine years, the 40 runs and 600 vertical feet pack enough punch to keep everyone entertained, even big-mountain riders. For newbies, the resort’s beginner special is practically unbeatable; $65 gets you a lift ticket, a two-hour lesson, and all the necessary rental equipment for the day. And if you ask nicely, Bruce Noren may even show you their excellent collection of vintage snowcats. 


2. Mount Abram, Maine

Just 12 miles from the far larger Sunday River resort, Mount Abram serves up the same quality of snow at a fraction of the price ($59). The old-school resort has just two chairlifts, but with 44 runs, there’s plent of terrain to go around, from jib parks to double black diamonds, plus, it’s two-for-one lift tickets every Thursday and Friday. The base lodge just got a major facelift, including a full-service spa, but kept the laid-back vibes that make it a local favorite. 

Photo by Jack Milton/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

3. Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Originally built by farmers from nearby Teton Valley, Targhee is now owned by the Gillett family. The family focus is clear on the slopes: The Kids’ Club offers full-day programs and a range of indoor recreation opportunities, plus tykes under 12 always ski free (adults are $85). This is also the family resort for powder houds, since its 2,600 acres get clobbered with over 500 inches of annual snow, as much as Jackson Hole, just across the Tetons. 

Grand Targhee

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