Filled with steeps, chutes and walls, A-Basin can't be beat for thrilling descents. The back bowl, known as Montezuma, is where you'll find two dozen or so hair-raising intermediate-to-expert runs. The Jump is the biggest, baddest run on Montezuma, beginning with a 10ft drop off the mountain's ledge onto a steep 35-degree slope.

The East Wall (summit 13,050ft), which includes the hike-to Shit for Brains, is A-Basin's other legendary backcountry-style area. The long-awaited new expansion into the Beavers and Steep Gullies areas will begin as hike-to terrain in 2017, and should be lift-served by 2018, adding a further 468 acres to the resort. A summer challenge course is also in the works.

While here, you can't miss the parking lot at the foot of the mountain, aka the Beach. It's a major tailgate spot where people come as early as 6am to stake out their space. Common sights include men in prom dresses, pole dancing, barbecues and portable hot tubs. It's a free-for-all and it's almost all first-come, first-serve, except for the first five spots closest to the lift.