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What are the largest ski resorts in north America?

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You can define largest in several ways: largest vertical drop, uphill lift capacity, highest elevation or most skiable acres (on 1 lift pass). I will rank the top 7 (because 2 on the list are on a combined lift pass) using the last method as it seems to be the best way to relay the largness of a resort, and I'll include other statistics.

1. Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia, Canada) - 8,171 Acres - Highest Elevation 7,494 ft. - Vertical drop 5,200 ft.

2. Big Sly/Moonlight Basin (Montana, USA) - 5,512 Acres on a combined lift pass (Big Sky 3,812 ft./Moonlight Basin 1,700 ft.) - Highest Elevation 11,166 ft. - Vertical drop 4,350 ft.

3. Vail Resort (Colorado USA) - 5,289 Acres - Highest Elevation 11,570 ft. - Vertical Drop 3,450 ft.

4. Heavenly (California/Nevada, USA) - 4,800 Acres- Highest Elevation 10,067 ft. - Vertical Drop 3,500 ft.

5. Snowbird/Alta (Utah, USA) - 4,700 Acres on a combined lift pass (Snowbird 2,500 ft./Alta 2,200 ft.) - Highest Elevation 11,000 ft. - Vertical Drop 3,240 ft.

6. Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada) - 4,200 Acres - Highest Elevation 8,650 ft. - Vertical Drop 3,250 ft.

7. Squaw Valley (California, USA) - 4,000 Acres - Highest Elevation 9,050 ft. - Vertical Drop 2,850 ft.

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Highest Vertical Drop - Revelstoke (Alberta, Canada) 5,620 ft.

Highest Ski Lift Elevation - Breckenridge (Colorado, USA) 12,840 ft.

Highest Resort Elevation - Silverton (Colorado, USA) 13,487 ft.

Highest Average Annual Snowfall - Mount Baker (Washington, USA) - 647 inches

* Powder Mountain in Utah lists over 7,000 Acres but this includes lifts, snowcats and back country access.

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