What is this winter going to look like? Based on what we’ve read and seen down south (Australia & New Zealand), it isn’t going to be candy canes and gum drops.

Most likely, the popular resorts are going to have limits on visitors. Backcountry zones will be heavily populated and packed with novices. Powder will be a tough commodity to enjoy for even human-powered individuals. Should we get mad? Depressed? Hell no! We’re planning to look under the proverbial rock and visit the best small ski resorts via road trips.

We know many of you are die-hard Epic and Ikon Passholders, and that’s perfect for a lot of peoples’ ski season wants. But, if you’re looking for a ski area that’s less frills and more skiing, this list of the best small ski resorts will increase your chances of riding instead of crying.

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