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There's Gold (Medals) In These Mountains

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea have come to a close and American athletes added 23 medals--9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze --to the US Winter Games all-time medal total of 305. Of the 241 Americans who made their dreams come true by making the U.S Olympic Team, only a few made history, like Shaun White, whose halfpipe win scored Team USA their 100th gold medal. Or the women’s hockey team, who won their first gold medal since 1998, beating longtime rival, Canada. 18 US Olympians represented 4 of our premiere ski destinations in the Pyeongchang Winter Games-- Park City, Mammoth Lakes, Sun Valley, & North Lake Tahoe. Find out how they ranked and what it is about these mountains that continually produce so many medalists.

Park City, Utah | Park City Mountain Resort & Deer Valley

Park City produced the most U.S Olympic athletes for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, securing 8 chances at bringing home the gold to Utah. Having hosted the 2002 Winter Games, Park City has become a prominent destination for skiers and snowboarders, offering world-class training facilities, including that of the US Ski & Snowboard Team. With the Greatest Snow on Earth, Park City provides snow enthusiasts renowned terrain to ski like an Olympian and even the chance to ski beside one with Deer Valley’s “Ski With A Champion” program.

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Mammoth Lakes, California | Mammoth Mountain

With a population of less than 10,000, Mammoth Lakes, California, brings in more Olympians per capita than any western town. Halfpipe superstars Chloe Kim and Shaun White secured two gold medals during this year’s games continuing Mammoth Mountain’s legacy of fostering Olympians. The influx of elite athletes can easily be accredited to the consistent quality of snow and premiere training facilities. Last year, Mammoth broke multiple snowfall records with a 270 day season that extended into July. Mammoth Mountain’s Unbound Terrain Parks, routinely ranks best in the world, and provides athletes access to the most innovative gear, including last year’s release of the Progression AirBag, currently the only one in the world used on snow.

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Sun Valley, Idaho | Sun Valley Resort

Home to the first destination ski resort in the United States, and the first female winter gold medalist, Sun Valley has spent the past 80 years perfecting itself. Ranked as the number two ski resort in the United States by Ski Magazine, Sun Valley Resort continues to attract athletes, Olympians and otherwise, to its wide-open slopes, 1000 plus meters of vertical drop, and Olympic-regulated training features. For a small town, Sun Valley continually brings out some big Olympians, such as this year’s participant Chase Josey and gold medalist gold medalist Hilary Knight.

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North Lake Tahoe, California | Squaw Valley & Northstar Resort

With 12 downhill ski resorts in North Lake Tahoe it’s no surprise three Olympic skiers, Bryce Bennet, Mark Engel, and Tim Jitloff, competed at Pyeongchang. Of those 12 resorts is Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and an official training site for the US Ski & Snowboard Team. Also found on Tahoe’s roster is Northstar Resort, Shaun White’s home mountain where skiers can attempt a 22-foot superpipe designed by White himself. Whichever resort brings you to the iconic waters of the nation’s largest alpine lake, North Lake Tahoe’s diverse terrain is guaranteed to humble even the most decorated medalists.

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