Us Ski USA - California

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, Aspen, 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 skiers 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 Monday 23rd January saw yet another epic powder day in America. After a sensational weekend of heavy snowfall in almost all but a few of the eastern resorts, the skiing today was sensational. Mammoth Mountain (393/736cm) continues its record season with another 130cm of new snow in the past 72 hours. In fact most Resorts on the west coast received snowfalls totally one metre over the weekend. America is really the best place on earth to be skiing this season. In the forecast, more snow. Resorts in Utah, Idaho, and California can expected heavy snow this week. Elsewhere in the western states light to moderate snowfall is expected all week. In the east, conditions may not be as epic but fresh snow is still on the way.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - California. Fresh snow is forecast at 7resorts. Powder is reported at 10 resorts and 18 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA - California

All resorts

Best powder (10)Best piste conditions (18)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report today

457
325
Powder 15 cm
today
2
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2358 m
1100m 1350m 1400m 1800m 2450m

(1981m — 2164m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
1050m 1250m 1550m 2300m 3150m

(2194m — 2438m)

snow report today

1
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2316 m
1000m 1200m 1600m 2150m 3050m

(2177m — 2684m)

snow report today

152
117
Powder 51 cm
today
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2430 m
1200m 1500m 1700m 1650m 2650m

(2012m — 2593m)

snow report today

366
366
Powder 3 cm
today
4
4
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2302 m
1000m 1200m 1450m 2050m 2600m

(2179m — 2684m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2432 m
1100m 1500m 1750m 1750m 2700m

(2195m — 2378m)

snow report 2 days ago

533
533
Variable Conditions
2
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2286 m
1050m 1250m 1400m 1750m 2400m

(2133m — 2652m)

snow report today

305
203
Powder 30 cm
today
5
1
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2392 m
900m 1250m 1500m 1900m 2650m

(2143m — 2655m)

2
1
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2399 m
1000m 1150m 1550m 2050m 2800m

(1859m — 2073m)

1
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1966 m
700m 1050m 1100m 950m 1050m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report today

358
307
Powder
1
2
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2256 m
1050m 1150m 1500m 2100m 3350m

(2143m — 2362m)

snow report today

2
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2252 m
1050m 1300m 1400m 1750m 2400m

(1923m — 2015m)

2
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1969 m
1100m 1350m 1400m 1700m 2450m

(2002m — 3068m)

snow report today

342
342
Powder
Powder
80 cm
today
2
1
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2535 m
1150m 1450m 1450m 1600m 2450m

(1899m — 2402m)

snow report yesterday

389
193
Powder
2
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2150 m
1100m 1350m 1450m 1800m 2450m

(2300m — 3089m)

snow report today

254
61
Powder
3
1
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2694 m
1050m 1450m 1550m 1950m 2800m

(2377m — 2987m)

snow report yesterday

381
259
Powder
5
4
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2682 m
1050m 1250m 1450m 1900m 2500m

(2424m — 3369m)

snow report today

Mammoth Mountain webcam
736
393
Powder
Powder
61 cm
today
1
1
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2896 m
1050m 1450m 1550m 1950m 2900m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report today

132
71
Powder 10 cm
today
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2256 m
1300m 1650m 2000m 2150m 3150m

(1981m — 2621m)

snow report today

on 1 Jan
1
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
1250m 1700m 2100m 2450m 3250m

(1676m — 2103m)

snow report today

Mt Shasta webcam
305
127
Machine Groomed 3 cm
today
1
7
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1890 m
950m 1150m 1300m 2000m 3250m

(1941m — 2624m)

snow report today

406
246
Powder 5 cm
today
3
1
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2282 m
1050m 1350m 1350m 1550m 2400m

(1768m — 2255m)

1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2012 m
1050m 1250m 1400m 1800m 2450m

(2023m — 2697m)

snow report today

406
254
Packed Powder
4
3
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2360 m
1100m 1300m 1450m 1900m 2500m

(2133m — 2498m)

snow report today

142
102
Powder 51 cm
today
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2316 m
1100m 1500m 1750m 1700m 2650m

(2041m — 2389m)

snow report today

152
122
Packed Powder
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2215 m
1050m 1500m 1800m 1850m 2800m

(2057m — 2255m)

snow report today

1
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2156 m
1050m 1250m 1400m 1750m 2400m

(1874m — 2743m)

snow report today

485
325
Powder
Powder
73 cm
today
1
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2308 m
1100m 1350m 1400m 1800m 2450m

(1554m — 1707m)

2
clear
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1630 m
900m 1150m 1150m 1050m 2200m

(2098m — 2555m)

snow report today

483
315
Powder
1
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2326 m
1050m 1300m 1400m 1750m 2400m

(2042m — 2291m)

snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2166 m
1300m 1650m 1950m 2100m 3100m

(2057m — 2240m)

snow report today

432
381
Packed Powder 5 cm
today
2
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2148 m
1050m 1300m 1350m 1650m 2350m