10 Longest Vertical Drops in North America:

Lone Peak, MT.
Lone Peak, MT.

We’ve decided to put a small twist on this statistic.  The rankings we are displaying below only reflect the amount of vertical that can be accessed via a chairlift.  No hiking.  Just riding chairs and skiing down.  This is more relevant for the highest percentage of skiers in North America, so we thought we’d allow the numbers to reflect that.

#1 – REVELSTOKE, B.C.

Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke, B.C.
Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke, B.C.

– 5,620 Vertical Feet (most continuous vert in the Americas)

– If you hike, you can get 5,997 vertical feet

– 3,500 acres of skiable terrain

– Video of pillow dropping stormy deepness at Revelstoke

#2 – WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, B.C.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

– 5,234 Vertical Feet (resort claims 5,280 so they can say “a vertical mile”) at Blackcomb

– If you hike, you can get 5,678 vertical feet

– Whistler is at 4,978 Vertical Feet

– 8,000 acres of skiable terrain

– Video of the 100’ front flip at Whistler

#3 – SNOWMASS, CO

snowmass view

– 4,396 Vertical Feet

– 3,500 skiable acres

– Video of Snowmass Freeskier madness

#4 – BIG SKY, MT

Lone Peak @ Big Sky, MT. photo: keithhensen.net
Lone Peak @ Big Sky, MT. photo: keithhenson.net

– 4,346 Vertical Feet

– 5,806 skiable acres

– Big Sky & Moonlight Basin are now 1 ski resort and you can ski it all on one pass making it “The Biggest Ski Resort in the USA”

– Video of snowboarder Erik Morrison making the most of Big Sky’s big vert

#5 – JACKSON HOLE, WY

Jackson Hole, WY. photo: washington post
Jackson Hole, WY. photo: washington post

– 4,139 Vertical Feet (most continuous vertical in the USA)

– 2,500 skiable acres

– Video of some guys from Squaw skiing the North Shore at Jackson Hole  

#6 – PANORAMA, B.C.

Panorama, B.C.
Panorama, B.C.

– 3,979 Vertical Feet

– 3,000 acres

– Beautiful video of Panorama’s incredible vistas 

#7 – TELLURIDE, CO

Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO

– 3,830 Vertical Feet

– If you hike, you can get 4,410 vertical feet

– 2,500 skiable acres

– Video with Alpha Blondie Reggie at Telluride from “Blizzard of Ahhhhhs”

#8 – KICKING HORSE, B.C.

Kicking Horse, B.C.
Kicking Horse, B.C.

– 3,790 Vertical Feet

– If you hike, you can get 4,133 vertical feet

– 3,000 skiable acres

– Video of some quality big mountain lines at Kicking Horse

#9 – TIMBERLINE, OR

Remember this scene? The Shining, Timberline Lodge, OR
Remember this scene? The Shining, Timberline Lodge, OR

– 3,690 Vertical Feet 

– Longest vertical drop in North America from November – September

– If you hike, you can get 7,250 vertical feet

– 1,500 skiable acres

– Video of the Timberline Lodge in the famous Kubrick movie ”The Shining”

#10 – ASPEN HIGHLANDS, CO

Aspen Highlands, CO showing Highlands Bowl
Aspen Highlands, CO showing Highlands Bowl

– 3,572 Vertical Feet

– If you hike, you can get 4,292 vertical feet

– 1,500 skiable acres

– Video of Aspen Highlands pow skiing

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