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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, 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 Excellent early season conditions were seen this weekend across the USA and some resorts were reporting huge snowfalls on Monday morning, 24th November. The most snow is falling in Utah, with the linked resorts of Alta (99cm) and Snowbird (99cm) reporting 56cm and 46cm of fresh snow respectively. Park City (74cm) has not missed out either and has seen 28cm of dry powder fall in the second half of the weekend. The skies are forecast to clear by Tuesday 25th November, providing incredible skiing conditions for this time of year Colorado is also reporting lots of fresh snow to start the week. Aspen (33cm) and Vail (56cm) both opened this weekend with good on-piste conditions. New snow fell at both resorts on Sunday 23rd and another 20cm could fall at Aspen by Wednesday 26th, improving conditions further. Both Heavenly (46cm) and Mammoth (36/46cm) are now open for the season although skiing is limited at both to a few slopes covered by artificial snow. Last week's new snow on the east coast provided excellent opening weekend skiing at Stowe (13/91cm) and Mount Snow (41/46cm). Unfortunately warmer weather has brought rain to all of our featured east coast resorts on Monday, but colder weather is forecast to return by Tuesday. Most of our featured resorts, including Jackson Hole, Snowbasin and Telluride are scheduled to open this coming weekend.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - California. Fresh snow is forecast at 21 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 2 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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

Alpine Meadows webcam
46
46
Packed Powder
1
3
5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2358 m
3600m 2600m 2200m 2200m 2550m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report yesterday

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
on 1 Jan
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2072 m
4200m 3700m 3250m 2900m 3350m

(2194m — 2438m)

snow report 2 days ago

1
2
8
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2316 m
3800m 3100m 2550m 2400m 2750m

(2177m — 2684m)

snow report yesterday

Bear Mountain webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2430 m
4350m 4050m 3650m 3300m 3550m

(2012m — 2593m)

snow report yesterday

2
2
10
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2302 m
3650m 2750m 2250m 2300m 2600m

(2179m — 2684m)

Big Bear Mountain webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2432 m
4350m 4000m 3650m 3300m 3550m

(2195m — 2378m)

snow report yesterday

66
56
Machine Groomed
1
2
5
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2286 m
3550m 2550m 2150m 2150m 2500m

(2133m — 2652m)

snow report yesterday

1
5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2392 m
4000m 3350m 2800m 2500m 2900m

(2143m — 2655m)

China Peak Mountain Resort webcam
1
6
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2399 m
3950m 3250m 2700m 2500m 2900m

(1859m — 2073m)

2
3
1
partially cloudy
rain showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1966 m
3500m 2600m 2100m 2100m 2300m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report yesterday

2
2
8
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2256 m
3700m 2850m 2350m 2350m 2650m

(2143m — 2362m)

snow report yesterday

1
2
5
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2252 m
3550m 2550m 2150m 2150m 2500m

(1923m — 2015m)

1
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
clear
Mid station 1969 m
3600m 2650m 2200m 2250m 2550m

(2002m — 3068m)

snow report today

46
46
Poor
Limited
2 cm
7 days ago
1
7
5
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2535 m
3650m 2800m 2300m 2300m 2600m

(1899m — 2402m)

snow report 2 days ago

1
2
4
clear
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2150 m
3600m 2650m 2200m 2250m 2550m

(2300m — 3089m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 15 days
10
8
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2694 m
3900m 3200m 2600m 2450m 2800m

(2377m — 2987m)

snow report yesterday

2
9
10
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2682 m
3650m 2750m 2250m 2300m 2600m

(2424m — 3369m)

snow report today

46
36
Hard
Limited
1 cm
6 days ago
11
9
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2896 m
3950m 3200m 2600m 2450m 2800m

(2012m — 2499m)

snow report yesterday

28
25
Machine Groomed
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2256 m
4350m 3950m 3600m 3250m 3500m

(1981m — 2621m)

snow report yesterday

on 1 Jan
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
4300m 3950m 3600m 3250m 3550m

(1676m — 2103m)

snow report yesterday

Mt Shasta webcam
6
8
1
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1890 m
3250m 1800m 1800m 1750m 1900m

(1941m — 2624m)

snow report yesterday

46
46
Machine Groomed
2
4
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2282 m
3600m 2650m 2250m 2250m 2550m

(1768m — 2255m)

1
2
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2012 m
3550m 2500m 2150m 2150m 2500m

(2023m — 2697m)

snow report yesterday

2
2
7
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 2360 m
3600m 2700m 2200m 2300m 2600m

(2133m — 2498m)

snow report yesterday

Snow Summit webcam
61
25
Packed Powder
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2316 m
4350m 4000m 3650m 3300m 3550m

(2041m — 2389m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 2 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2215 m
4350m 4000m 3650m 3300m 3550m

(2057m — 2255m)

snow report yesterday

Soda Springs webcam
1
2
6
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2156 m
3550m 2500m 2150m 2150m 2500m

(1874m — 2743m)

snow report today

15
15
×
Closed
Limited
15 cm
6 days ago
Another glorious day // 27 Nov
1
2
5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2308 m
3600m 2600m 2200m 2200m 2550m

(1554m — 1707m)

6
partially cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1630 m
3450m 2450m 2150m 1950m 2350m

(2098m — 2555m)

snow report yesterday

Sugar Bowl webcam
1
3
5
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2326 m
3550m 2550m 2150m 2150m 2500m

(2042m — 2291m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2166 m
4350m 3950m 3600m 3250m 3500m

(2057m — 2240m)

snow report yesterday

1
2
4
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2148 m
3550m 2550m 2150m 2150m 2500m

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