Skiing in the USA mixes super-light powder, excellent pistes (aka ‘trails’), vast on-mountain restaurants for vast eaters and the concept of ‘in-bounds’. This is what Europeans call ‘the bit between the pistes’. Lots of US resorts are set around bowls, so you catch a lift to the top and then work your way around; one lift can deliver a day of runs both groomed and through the trees. Colorado and Utah are the favourite long-haul destinations, but for snow, Washington is where it’s at. Try a fly-drive trip exploring two or three resorts over 10 days to get the most from the long flight.