Ski Town Throwdown IIII

A storm rolls in overnight and with dawn come the thunderous punctuations of ski patrol making the early morning rounds on their snow-safety routes. The explosions of dynamite ring the internal alarm. Fill up the coffee pot. Pull on the Sorels. Grab the shovel and dig out the car. Put it in four-wheel and surf through the two feet of sugar in your driveway. Pull out to the plowed highway and make a right at the stoplight toward the ski resort you call home. The first deep day will be here before you know it. Can you feel it? Your love for skiing. It's about more than sliding down a mountain on frozen water. It's the people, the terrain, the chairlifts. The lifties, bartenders, and parking lot attendants. Your favorite turn on your favorite lap off your favorite chair. The ski resort you call home is the best place on the planet. But the question remains, will your hometown hill take the championship in the fourth annual Ski Town Throwdown? That's up to you.

The Ski Town Throwdown returns with 32 finalists divided into four regions across the country: the Far West, Great White North, Rocky Mountain West, and Big East. We used a complicated and inexplicable math equation known as P5 (P-Pentupled), which factors vertical, snowfall, lift ticket price, sex ratios, and vote totals from previous Ski Town Throwdowns to seed each region. Extra style points were awarded to resorts with high populations of skiers wearing jeans. Each round will be decided by a popular vote. So where is the best place to ski? Let the world know by casting your vote now.

    Ski Town Throwdown iV Champions

    Congratulations to Steamboat, Colorado!
    Located far enough from the Front Range to avoid Denver's day traffic, you'll wait longer to change your clothes in the teepee at Strawberry Park Hotsprings than you will at any lift in Steamboat Springs. As for the skiing, what it might lack in the steeps, it makes up for in snow quality and consistent vert that will toast your legs by the time you toast your beer.