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 There was lovely ski weather right across the American ski fields on Monday 16th January. It was finally, a predominantly sunny day, after the recent astounding weather pattern. Conditions on snow were still fantastic. Powder could still be found in most resorts even despite the long weekend crowds. The forecast brings sunny conditions for the next few days before the next storm cycle begins. Long range forecasting is suggesting some large dumps to come, but for now we will have to wait and watch. This season is going to be a record breaker.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 30resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 24 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 yesterday

Arapahoe Basin webcam
177
177
Powder
Powder
5 cm
yesterday
10
32
19
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3632 m
2100m 2200m 1550m 1400m 1250m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report yesterday

163
163
Packed powder
Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
6
31
11
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2919 m
2150m 2200m 1400m 1400m 1100m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report today

Aspen Highlands webcam
190
137
Packed Powder
7
35
11
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3004 m
2150m 2200m 1400m 1400m 1100m

(2255m — 3487m)

snow report yesterday

Beaver Creek webcam
119
119
Packed powder
Varied
2 cm
2 days ago
4
27
26
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2871 m
1800m 1850m 1250m 1150m 1000m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report yesterday

Breckenridge webcam
152
152
Packed powder
Tracked
5 cm
2 days ago
8
35
18
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3419 m
2200m 2250m 1600m 1500m 1300m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report today

Buttermilk webcam
84
79
Packed Powder
5
29
11
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2708 m
2150m 2200m 1400m 1400m 1100m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report yesterday

182
129
Packed powder
Tracked
5 cm
2 days ago
8
34
21
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3356 m
2200m 2250m 1550m 1450m 1200m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report yesterday

210
210
Packed
Tracked
2 cm
2 days ago
15
60
13
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3152 m
2100m 2150m 1450m 1450m 1100m

(2818m — 3294m)

22
5
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 3056 m
2100m 2200m 1700m 1750m 1400m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

168
157
Powder
10
50
4
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2988 m
1900m 1900m 1650m 1450m 1300m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report yesterday

6
26
19
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 3246 m
2450m 2850m 1650m 1450m 1500m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report today

107
107
Machine Groomed
5
22
21
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3018 m
2050m 2300m 1550m 1400m 1350m

(2493m — 2706m)

snow report today

86
86
Powder
25
74
8
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2600 m
1950m 2100m 1700m 1450m 1400m

(2041m — 2175m)

4
14
14
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2108 m
2100m 1550m 1500m 950m 1150m

(3109m — 3749m)

18
59
16
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 3429 m
2100m 2150m 1450m 1450m 1100m

(2926m — 3048m)

20
71
7
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 2987 m
2150m 2300m 1600m 1550m 1350m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report yesterday

Keystone webcam
137
137
Packed powder
Tracked
3 cm
yesterday
8
31
20
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3240 m
2150m 2200m 1550m 1450m 1300m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report yesterday

162
162
Packed powder
Varied
3 cm
2 days ago
11
32
22
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3551 m
2100m 2150m 1500m 1400m 1250m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report today

211
211
Packed Powder
3
26
6
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3467 m
1850m 1950m 1400m 1450m 1150m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report today

132
130
Packed Powder
28
59
28
clear
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2750 m
2000m 1900m 1600m 1450m 1350m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

170
170
Packed powder
Tracked
5 cm
yesterday
26
83
7
clear
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 2988 m
1950m 2200m 1700m 1550m 1400m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report 2 days ago

356
178
Powder
22
84
7
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 3612 m
2150m 2300m 1550m 1550m 1350m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report today

117
102
Packed Powder
7
38
15
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3384 m
2150m 2250m 1450m 1450m 1200m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report today

163
102
Packed Powder
7
38
10
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3140 m
2150m 2150m 1400m 1400m 1100m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report yesterday

74
74
Packed Powder
2
12
18
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2652 m
1900m 1850m 1450m 1350m 1100m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report yesterday

Steamboat webcam
157
157
Packed powder
Tracked
15 cm
5 days ago
Overcast skies // 17 Jan
8
24
20
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2661 m
1900m 1550m 1450m 950m 1100m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report yesterday

124
114
Packed Powder
1
18
10
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2709 m
1950m 1900m 1400m 1350m 1250m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report yesterday

134
134
Packed powder
Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
16
75
8
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 3245 m
2200m 2350m 1500m 1650m 1350m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report yesterday

128
128
Packed powder
Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
5
29
27
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2986 m
1900m 1900m 1350m 1200m 1050m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report yesterday

142
142
Packed powder
Varied
6 cm
2 days ago
9
28
21
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3208 m
1950m 2000m 1450m 1400m 1200m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report yesterday

280
270

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
yesterday
13
58
6
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 3384 m
2000m 1850m 1550m 1350m 1150m