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Welcome to the Ski USA page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the United States. Over recent years some of the best and consistent piste conditions have been reported at Aspen (Colorado), Alta (Utah), The Canyons (Utah), Winter Park (Colorado), Big Sky (Montana) and Jackson Hole (Wyoming). However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at a number of other North American resorts so keep an eye on the snow forecasts and reports if you are planning a last minute trip.

For off-piste powder, Alta, Apen, Big Sky, The Canyons, Winter Park and Loveland have proven among the most consistent in the country over several seasons but check out the reports below for the latest news. For big snowfalls and accumulated snow depths the Californian resorts of Squaw Valley and Mammoth feature strongly in the records as do the dry powder resorts of Solitude, Alta and Snowbird. Timberline in Oregon also has an enviable snow record.

With more than 500 ski areas spread across some 38 US states, America is one of the world’s leading ski nations, clocking up around 50 million days on the slopes each winter.

US ski resorts are spread right across the country from East Coast to West. There are also resorts in Alaska and it’s sometimes possible to ski in Hawaii on the slopes of 4205m high Mauna Kea, although there are no ski lifts there.

You’ll find a great diversity of terrain when you ski USA from the comparatively low lying mountains of New England and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia to the south, to smaller hills across the MidWestern prairies, to the Rocky Mountains and Sierras on the West. The Rockies stretch over a mile above sea level at resort height in some cases, resulting in almost half of the 20 highest ski lifts in the world being located in Colorado.

What’s common to this diverse selection of ski areas, which range from small private hills owned by schools and military bases to major international resorts like Aspen and Vail famed around the world, is a dedication to high service standards. When you’re skiing USA these include high quality on the slopes with well groomed, normally uncrowded slopes with uplift generally provided by chairlifts, gondolas or cable cars (known as trams in North America) rather than drag lifts. Indeed the chairlift, as well as the hot tub, are both American inventions credited to Sun Valley in Idaho.

Some ski areas in the USA date back the best part of a century. Most were established by pioneers, often on a shoestring budget with just a simple tow lift converted from a car, lorry or even motorbike engine. But decades of gradual growth have led many of these original small, simple set-ups to become major international resorts – Mammoth Mountain in California is a good example of this.

Others were set up by emigrants from the Alps, most famously Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire which was established with help from Austrian downhill ski technique pioneer Hannes Schneider from the Austrian Arlberg who arrived in the US having refused to join the Nazi propaganda machine when they took over Austria in the 1930s. During the Second World War he helped train the 10th Mountain Division of the U. S. Army, some veterans of which also became resort developers after the war.

Famous resorts like Vail, now the largest ski area in the US, were established later with strong European involvement. Other resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge were former 19th century mining settlements that found a new lease of life when ‘white gold’ was struck.

Along with growth on the mountains, the 1990s and first decade of the current century saw a boom in resort ‘real estate’ developments with hotels, condominiums, shops and restaurants created at the bases of ski slopes which in some cases had previously only had car parks. This period – which slowed dramatically from 2008 due to the global economic situation – led to an era of corporations taking over from individual families, and currently four or five large companies own and operate around 50 leading US resorts between them.

In Eastern North America snowmaking developed in the 1950s and rapidly became an essential requirement at most of the ski areas in the region, leading to it becoming known as “the snowmaking capital of the world.”

In the West of the country, which is best known for its destination resorts particularly in states like California, Utah and Colorado, a major selling point is abundant, deep powder snow which is the norm if not always guaranteed. One of the snowiest places on earth are Alaska and Washington State in the North West of the country where falls of up to 50 feet (16 metres) can be recorded in one winter, more than any other ski region on earth.

Criticisms of US skiing from some, when compared to Europe, is that ski areas are mostly smaller, lift tickets more expensive, spectacular scenery is rare and the resorts and slopes are too sanitised and bland at some of the most corporately run areas. The kind of family run, home-cooking small mountain hut is quite rare in the US where large cafeterias serving fast food are more common. However many of these ‘flaws’ for some are seen as assets by others, which when combined with the other points listed in this article combine to make the US ski experience the best on earth.

And despite the well groomed pistes, many resorts have built reputations for challenging off piste terrain, including Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Alyeska in Alaska and Squaw Valley in California.

The country’s positive attitude to children is also seen as an asset for families in most cases, with children praised for their efforts in nursery and ski school.

The US is also the home of snowboarding with Jake Burton inventing the sport in Vermont in the late 1970s. Stratton there has organised snowboarding contests longer than any other. However the country is also home to three resorts that still ban snowboarding: Alta and Deer Valley, both in Utah, and Mad River Glen in Vermont.
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USA - California: latest snow conditions round-up


USA The fresh snow that fell earlier this week in Colorado has all settled down now but leaves fantastic late season conditions at the remaining open resorts. Breckenridge (236cm) has an excellent snow base for the time of year and there's still a few weeks left of the winter season. Copper Mountain (218/272cm) also has fantastic conditions across the mountain after the fresh snow earlier this week. Further east there was some snow at Sugarbush (35/102cm) on Wednesday 16th April. It was around 10cm that fell over the course of the day and has nicely refreshed their runs. The resort is expected to close for the season at the end of this coming Easter weekend.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - California. Fresh snow is forecast at 16 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of USA - California, alphabetically


Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report today

Alpine Meadows webcam
160
46
Spring Conditions
2
10
10
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2358 m
3350m 2500m 1700m 1600m 2400m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report 12 days ago

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
on 1 Jan
4
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
3950m 3700m 2550m 2850m 3400m

(2194m — 2438m)

snow report 12 days ago

15
15
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2316 m
3650m 3000m 2000m 2150m 2800m

(2177m — 2684m)

snow report 12 days ago

Bear Mountain webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2430 m
3800m 3900m 3450m 3550m 3550m

(2012m — 2593m)

snow report today

119
119
Spring Conditions
2
16
16
clear
cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2302 m
3500m 2700m 1750m 1800m 2550m

(2179m — 2684m)

Big Bear Mountain webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2432 m
3750m 3900m 3500m 3600m 3550m

(2195m — 2378m)

snow report today

91
71
Packed Powder
2
10
9
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2286 m
3300m 2400m 1700m 1500m 2300m

(2133m — 2652m)

snow report 12 days ago

6
7
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2392 m
3700m 3400m 2300m 2400m 3100m

(2143m — 2655m)

China Peak Mountain Resort webcam
10
11
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2399 m
3750m 3250m 2200m 2350m 2950m

(1859m — 2073m)

1
4
3
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1966 m
3100m 2400m 1600m 1400m 2200m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report 12 days ago

1
14
12
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2256 m
3550m 2800m 1850m 2000m 2650m

(2143m — 2362m)

snow report 7 days ago

2
9
9
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2252 m
3300m 2400m 1700m 1500m 2300m

(1923m — 2015m)

1
6
7
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1969 m
3300m 2550m 1750m 1600m 2400m

(2002m — 3068m)

snow report 3 days ago

76
76

Good
Spring snow
20 cm
18 days ago
1
7
10
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2535 m
3350m 2750m 1800m 1700m 2550m

(1899m — 2402m)

snow report 12 days ago

2
8
8
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2150 m
3350m 2550m 1700m 1650m 2450m

(2300m — 3089m)

snow report 7 days ago

6
7
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2694 m
3650m 3300m 2150m 2250m 2950m

(2377m — 2987m)

snow report today

155
124
Spring Conditions
2
16
15
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2682 m
3450m 2700m 1750m 1750m 2500m

(2424m — 3369m)

snow report 3 days ago

165
89

Good

Varied
10 cm
18 days ago
8
9
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2896 m
3650m 3300m 2150m 2250m 2900m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report 12 days ago

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2256 m
3900m 4000m 3250m 3500m 3600m

(1981m — 2621m)

snow report 12 days ago

on 1 Jan
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
3900m 4000m 3350m 3600m 3600m

(1676m — 2103m)

snow report 12 days ago

Mt Shasta webcam
5
12
4
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1890 m
2700m 2150m 1400m 1200m 2000m

(1941m — 2624m)

snow report today

122
46
Spring Conditions
1
6
8
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
3250m 2550m 1750m 1550m 2450m

(1768m — 2255m)

2
10
9
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2012 m
3300m 2350m 1700m 1500m 2300m

(2023m — 2697m)

snow report today

163
36
Machine Groomed
2
13
12
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2360 m
3400m 2600m 1750m 1700m 2500m

(2133m — 2498m)

snow report 12 days ago

Snow Summit webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2316 m
3750m 3900m 3450m 3550m 3600m

(2041m — 2389m)

snow report 12 days ago

Snow Valley webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2215 m
3800m 3900m 3450m 3550m 3600m

(2057m — 2255m)

snow report 4 days ago

Soda Springs webcam
2
10
9
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2156 m
3300m 2350m 1700m 1500m 2300m

(1874m — 2743m)

snow report 3 days ago

167
60

Good

Varied
5 cm
17 days ago
2
10
10
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2308 m
3300m 2450m 1700m 1600m 2400m

(1554m — 1707m)

2
18
6
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1630 m
3150m 2250m 1550m 1400m 2100m

(2098m — 2555m)

snow report today

Sugar Bowl webcam
147
36
Machine Groomed
2
10
10
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2326 m
3300m 2400m 1700m 1500m 2300m

(2042m — 2291m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2166 m
3900m 4000m 3250m 3500m 3600m

(2057m — 2240m)

snow report 12 days ago

2
7
8
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2148 m
3300m 2400m 1700m 1500m 2350m

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