Us Ski USA - Colorado

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 - Colorado: latest snow conditions round-up


USA The snow storms just keep rolling in as the excellent start to the American season continues on Monday 5th December. Resorts like Big Sky (48/76cm) in Montana and Jackson Hole (64/120cm) in Wyoming are stacking some great totals and offering some excellent powder skiing right now. Besides consistent snow fall the other major atmospheric player is bitterly cold temperatures. Most resorts experienced ambient temperatures between -10C and -20C with wind chill dropping much lower. The forecast holds more snow and cold temperatures, the best news possible for this time of year.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 27resorts. Powder is reported at 14 resorts and 18 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of USA - Colorado, 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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

Arapahoe Basin webcam
45
45
Powder
Varied
12 cm
today
5
17
8
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3632 m
250m 800m 2150m 1800m 1250m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

Aspen webcam
74
74
Powder
Powder
20 cm
today
6
12
7
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2919 m
350m 800m 2150m 1850m 1200m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report today

Aspen Highlands webcam
opens in 3 days 20 cm
today
7
13
8
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3004 m
350m 800m 2150m 1850m 1250m

(2255m — 3487m)

snow report today

Beaver Creek webcam
45
45
Powder
Best up high
18 cm
today
19
25
10
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2871 m
300m 650m 1900m 1600m 1050m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report today

Breckenridge webcam
46
46
Powder
Fresh
15 cm
today
5
10
5
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3419 m
300m 800m 2100m 1700m 1150m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report today

Buttermilk webcam
opens in 3 days 18 cm
today
5
10
6
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2708 m
350m 800m 2150m 1850m 1200m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report today

46
46
Packed powder
Powder
13 cm
today
6
13
5
light snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3356 m
250m 750m 2100m 1650m 1050m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report today

58
58
Packed powder
Limited
13 cm
today
18
32
14
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3152 m
350m 950m 2100m 2000m 1400m

(2818m — 3294m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3056 m
950m 1250m 2350m 2550m 2100m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

61
51
Powder 5 cm
today
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2988 m
1300m 1450m 2350m 2500m 2150m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report today

2
4
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3246 m
300m 800m 2450m 2050m 1550m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report today

56
56
Powder 20 cm
today
3
15
4
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3018 m
200m 800m 2250m 1950m 1350m

(2493m — 2706m)

1
2
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2600 m
1000m 1450m 2450m 2450m 1950m

(2041m — 2175m)

8
24
4
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2108 m
0m 750m 2000m 1750m 1250m

(3109m — 3749m)

21
33
15
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3429 m
400m 750m 2100m 2000m 1450m

(2926m — 3048m)

4
12
2
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 2987 m
750m 1550m 2600m 2300m 1700m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report today

Keystone webcam
46
46
Powder
Best up high
13 cm
today
5
17
5
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3240 m
250m 800m 2150m 1750m 1200m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report today

46
46
Powder
Varied
10 cm
today
6
22
10
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3551 m
250m 750m 2100m 1800m 1200m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report today

53
53
Powder 18 cm
today
8
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3467 m
450m 850m 2100m 2200m 1600m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report yesterday

56
56
Variable Conditions
7
6
3
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2750 m
500m 850m 2050m 2150m 1750m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

63
63

Fresh

Varied
5 cm
today
4
11
1
clear
snow showers
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2988 m
900m 1600m 2550m 2350m 1750m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report yesterday

5
15
3
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 3612 m
800m 1550m 2600m 2300m 1700m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report yesterday

5
11
6
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3384 m
300m 850m 2100m 1700m 1100m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report today

74
43
Powder 20 cm
today
10
16
9
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3140 m
350m 800m 2150m 1850m 1300m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report yesterday

5
26
6
light snow
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2652 m
150m 600m 1900m 1800m 1150m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report today

Steamboat webcam
71
53
Powder
Fresh
25 cm
today
Light snow forecast // 7 Dec
16
36
12
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2661 m
0m 700m 2000m 1750m 1200m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report yesterday

3
7
3
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 2709 m
400m 800m 2000m 1650m 1400m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report today

50
50

Fresh
Best up high
22 cm
9 days ago
5
12
2
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 3245 m
850m 1600m 2600m 2350m 1800m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report today

45
45

Good
Best up high
15 cm
today
19
27
11
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2986 m
250m 650m 1950m 1650m 1050m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report today

46
46
Powder
Best up high
12 cm
today
5
27
8
light snow
clear
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 3208 m
200m 750m 2050m 1800m 1150m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report today

100
90

Excellent

Powder
10 cm
today
2
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3384 m
1350m 1350m 2150m 2300m 2100m