(CNN) — You’ve heard of Aspen, Jackson Hole and Whistler, but how about Copper Mountain, Grand Targhee and Revelstoke? These ski resorts may lack the buzz of their more glamorous neighbors, but they make up for it in snowfall, value and fewer crowds.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort – British Columbia
Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia gets about 35 feet of annual snowfall each year and is known for its big mountain terrain and small town character.
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Copper Mountain – Colorado
Long a local favorite, Copper has lately been getting attention like its well-known neighbors, Breckenridge and Vail.
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Grand Targhee Resort – Wyoming
Wyoming’s other resort, Grand Targhee is beloved for its powder and incredible terrain.
Mount Bohemia – Michigan
Paradise by the back country light is how one might describe Michigan’s Mount Bohemia.
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Yes, there is, in fact, skiing in Michigan. And this relatively small mountain offers 600 skiable acres and approximately 273 inches of lake-effect snow each year (more than any other Midwestern location). Its sister resort Voodoo Mountain offers the best — and only — cat skiing east of the Rockies.
And Lonie Glieberman, President of Mount Bohemia, calls the mountain “truly wild,” the “best tree skiing in North America.” Much of its 105 runs are in remote, backcountry areas. Though all of Bohemia’s runs are acccessed from just two chairlifts at the summit, skiers and riders who find themselves alone at the base can rest assured that shuttle buses will be by to scoop them up and take them back out for another downhill adventure.
Mad River Glen – Vermont
Home to only one of two one-person chair lifts in North America, Mad River Glen’s old-school vibes and solid annual snowfall make it a local favorite and an up-and-coming destination.
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“We prefer it from the heavens not the hoses,” says resort spokesman Eric Friedman. Ski magazine has ranked its terrain as the most challenging on the East Coast. The resort’s biggest claim to fame is its single-chair lift, only one of two in North America (Alaska is home to the other). The mountain doesn’t own lodging, but there are plenty of classic ski lodges and cozy bed and breakfasts nearby, with rates from $85. Adult lift tickets start at $45.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort – Idaho
Short lift lines (it’s somewhat hard-to-get-to location mean it’s never too crowded) and 2,900 skiable acres make Schweitzer Mountain Resort an underrated attraction.
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Valle Nevado, Chile
Wallet-friendly heli-skiing in Valle Nevado make it an enticing place to hit the slopes from way up high.
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At roughly $275 for a half day and up to 6,000 feet of vertical in one run, heli-skiing is a relative bargain here.
Lodging ranges from the wallet-friendly Hotel Tres Puntas to the luxe Hotel Valle Nevado, said to be the resort’s most exclusive accommodation option.
Packages at the resort’s namesake hotel include a welcome drink on Saturdays, ski storage, day care, ski pass and nightly turndown service.
Stacey Lastoe contributed additional reporting to this story.
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