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 Monday 20th February was broadly speaking a powder day in America. Very heavy snowfalls today across many of our featured American resorts, Squaw Valley (271/520cm) is expecting just under one metre today, Mammoth Mountain (477/889cm) forecast to receive another 75cm dump today also. Jackson Hole (231/342cm) is starting today with another 35cm of fresh after just over half a metre in the past few days. Elsewhere a number of resorts are reporting no less then 20cm in the past 24 hours. It's yet another sensational report for the American ski fields. In the forecast this week. Snow, lots of it and pretty well everywhere. It is going to be another stormy snowy week. Once again America is one of the best places on earth the ski and board.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 31resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 17 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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report yesterday

Arapahoe Basin webcam
165
165
Packed
Varied
12 cm
3 days ago
17
15
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3632 m
1200m 650m 600m 900m 850m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report yesterday

Aspen webcam
170
170

Excellent
Tracked
3 cm
3 days ago
13
20
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2919 m
1300m 650m 600m 800m 750m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report today

Aspen Highlands webcam
193
145
Packed Powder
15
23
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3004 m
1300m 650m 600m 800m 800m

(2255m — 3487m)

snow report yesterday

Beaver Creek webcam
137
137

Good
Tracked
22 cm
3 days ago
21
21
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2871 m
800m 550m 550m 600m 600m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report yesterday

Breckenridge webcam
149
149

Excellent
Tracked
15 cm
3 days ago
13
14
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3419 m
1000m 550m 600m 950m 900m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report today

Buttermilk webcam
84
81
Packed Powder
13
21
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2708 m
1300m 650m 600m 800m 800m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report yesterday

172
132
Packed powder
Tracked
20 cm
3 days ago
15
15
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3356 m
1000m 500m 600m 900m 800m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report yesterday

210
210
Packed
Varied
5 cm
3 days ago
28
32
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3152 m
1350m 750m 600m 1050m 1000m

(2818m — 3294m)

1
5
snow showers
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3056 m
1800m 1050m 1350m 1500m 1550m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

183
173
Packed Powder
2
3
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2988 m
1750m 1300m 1400m 1700m 1650m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report 3 days ago

61
20
Machine Groomed
16
10
1
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3246 m
1550m 800m 950m 1100m 1100m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report yesterday

107
107
Machine Groomed
16
13
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3018 m
1350m 700m 650m 850m 900m

(2493m — 2706m)

snow report today

132
122
5
5
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2600 m
1600m 1150m 1350m 1600m 1500m

(2041m — 2175m)

19
10
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 2108 m
1400m 600m 450m 300m 500m

(3109m — 3749m)

snow report 2 days ago

218
218
Packed Powder
23
30
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3429 m
1300m 750m 600m 1000m 950m

(2926m — 3048m)

14
19
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2987 m
1300m 500m 900m 1150m 1100m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report yesterday

Keystone webcam
129
129
Packed
Tracked
8 cm
3 days ago
15
16
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3240 m
1150m 650m 600m 900m 900m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report yesterday

157
157
Packed
Windblown
20 cm
3 days ago
17
17
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3551 m
1150m 650m 600m 850m 850m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report today

218
218
Machine Groomed
8
10
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3467 m
1100m 550m 700m 1100m 900m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report yesterday

155
152
Powder
14
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 2750 m
1500m 950m 850m 1050m 1100m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

165
165
Packed powder
Tracked
17 cm
3 days ago
12
14
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2988 m
1350m 650m 1000m 1300m 1200m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report yesterday

356
178
Powder
15
17
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3612 m
1300m 500m 900m 1100m 1100m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report yesterday

152
142
Packed Powder
14
19
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3384 m
1000m 550m 600m 850m 750m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report today

170
104
Packed Powder
16
26
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3140 m
1350m 700m 600m 800m 800m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report yesterday

66
66
Packed Powder
16
21
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2652 m
1200m 600m 500m 550m 700m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report yesterday

Steamboat webcam
145
145
Packed
Varied
5 cm
3 days ago
25
13
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 2661 m
1350m 600m 450m 350m 500m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report yesterday

114
102
Machine Groomed
14
8
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2709 m
1300m 750m 600m 900m 900m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report yesterday

142
142

Excellent
Packed
8 cm
3 days ago
13
15
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3245 m
1300m 500m 950m 1100m 1150m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report yesterday

132
132
Packed
Packed
15 cm
3 days ago
21
23
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2986 m
850m 500m 550m 600m 600m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report yesterday

144
144
Packed powder
Tracked
17 cm
3 days ago
17
18
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3208 m
1250m 600m 550m 700m 750m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report yesterday

300
290

Good

Fresh
yesterday
4
6
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3384 m
1650m 1000m 1200m 1450m 1400m