If you live in a ski town, frequent ski towns, or just generally ski a lot, you’re familiar with the age old question; what’s the most badass resort in North America? Everyone has his or her own opinion — Jackson has the cliffs, Whistler has the acreage, Aspen/Snowmass has the vertical — the list goes on. But, when looking at lift-accessible, natural terrain, which resort stands atop the podium as the real king of the mountain? Apparently, the big wigs at ESPN wondered that same thing, hence this year’s X Games Real Mountain 2017, which pits 2016/17 season edits from resort-sponsored athletes at seven of North America’s best ski areas against each other in an effort to determine which resort can really claim the best in-bounds terrain. The best part (aside from pretty sweet 2-minute ski porn clips)? Fans decide who’s the winner, by voting on the contest’s website. The rules are pretty simple; featured terrain can’t be modified by snow cats, no park clips, and everything has to be accessible inside resort boundaries, so you can simply step off a lift (or maybe hike a little bit) and access the goods. So, what resorts are up for the title? We’ve listed them below (with their corresponding video clips) for your viewing pleasure. And, if you do want to weigh in on who you think is the best of the best, voting closes Monday, November 13, at 9 a.m.
Real Mountain 2017: Revelstoke
Real Mountain 2017: Snowbird
Real Mountain 2017: Aspen/Snowmass
Real Mountain 2017: Whistler Blackcomb
Real Mountain 2017: Squaw Valley
Real Mountain 2017: Mammoth Mountain
Real Mountain 2017: Jackson Hole