2.  Alta and Snowbird, Utah (PAF = 98): For those looking for a weekend of skiing, there is no better option than these side-by-side resorts that occupy a splendid apron of Little Cottonwood Canyon just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake.  That nearly 2 million Utahans live so close to skiing that truly defines world-class is a fact that remains a secret to most of the country.  If you’ve flown to Denver and schlepped west for the last 10 years–or just two–please stop.  Go to Utah.  Just go.  You won’t see the insides of Denver International for a long time after that, I can assure you.  You’ll think you just discovered the Lost Dutchman’s mine and the gold–all of it–is yours and yours alone.  And my, is there some gold!  Alta and Snowbird average 600″ of snow a year–100% more than your typical Colorado mountain–and, to be fair, more than just about anywhere not in Alaska.