Most skiers have a tried-and-true favorite, but it’s always worth broadening your experience when a new ski season rolls around. With hundreds of world-class ski resorts spanning North America and Europe, you’re certainly spoiled for choice, but it’s not always easy to find the right balance between the right level of skiing, great amenities and affordability.  If you’re just starting out, the right resort can mean the difference between a failed experiment and a life-long passion, and even more experienced skiers can have trouble finding the perfect snowscape for their skiing style. Check out these top resorts that offer everything you need to make this year’s ski vacation one to remember.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wyoming

In recent years, this sparkling resort has pushed its way into the top echelon of American ski holidays, and more people are taking notice. It’s unique location and position promises loads of snow throughout the season, and Jackson Hole offers a great array of slopes for beginners at the bottom of the mountain, but more than enough for intermediate and advanced skiers further up. In fact, the new fast-climbing tram is something of a wonder, shuttling 100 passengers at a time up 4,139 feet in 9 minutes flat.