01/27/2011 10:27 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

5 Fantastic Alternative Ski Destinations (PHOTOS)

The ski season is finally upon us. For anyone with an addiction to glistening powder, this means the race to attach yourself to skis or board has begun. But instead of traipsing to resorts jammed with tourists, here at Black Tomato we like to find our own little private patch of snowy paradise to perfect our stance.

Introducing our shortlist of the top 5 alternative (and in our humble opinion, pretty exceptional) ski resorts for a more fulfilling snow fix.