Us Ski USA

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: latest snow conditions round-up


USA The Midwest of the United States were offering great skiing on Monday the 22nd January. Colorado and Utah saw welcome snowfall over the weekend, providing some good quantities of snow to improve the skiing opportunities. Telluride, one of the standout resorts saw 45cm in the past 48 hours, while resorts such as Snowbird (175cm) recording 40cm on Sunday, and 30cm in Vail (99cm) over the weekend.

Other resorts which have previously been struggling, such as Purgatory (64/91cm) also benefitted with potentially smaller but more beneficial new snow. Even Taos (51cm) in New Mexico saw 18cm of desperately needed snow. This fresh snow has provided the necessary coverage for several resorts to expand their lift and trail offerings. The weather has now cleared, giving blue skies and sunshine, the kind of snow filled bluebird day that much of the USA thus far this season. California also saw welcome snow arrive at the tail end of last week, with 28cm falling on the 19th, also allowing enough to open up some new terrain within the resort. Further up the west coast, Timberline (145cm) is on course for a snow filled week, with 60+ cm forecast to come down in the next 72 hours alone. By contrast, the pendulum has swung the other way for resorts in the North East, with more rain unfortunately possible due to rising temperatures on Tuesday. Hopefully this is short-lived, and does not have as significant a detrimental impact as the previous rainfall in January did. Regardless, it is best to keep to the upper slopes where possible in these resorts, where the precipitation is more likely to fall as snow.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA

A–A

B–B C–C D–G H–K L–L M–M N–R S–S T–V W–Z

Ski resorts in USA from A to A

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report today

193
102
Packed Powder
38
41
22
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
650m 700m 1150m 700m 400m

(0m — 107m)

snow report today

165
61
Machine Groomed
22
heavy snow
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 54 m
250m 0m 0m 1200m 1500m

(762m — 1189m)

6
10
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 976 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report today

381
188
Variable Conditions 8 cm
today
69
79
92
snow showers
heavy snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1304 m
650m 850m 1250m 600m 650m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report today

94
46
Powder
25
25
2
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2358 m
1900m 2250m 1850m 1000m 1250m

(198m — 351m)

1
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 274 m
2450m 1800m 350m 0m 400m

(387m — 457m)

snow report yesterday

147
122
Machine Groomed
2
3
light rain
light snow
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 422 m
2300m 900m 0m 0m 1200m

(266m — 384m)

snow report yesterday

64
64
Variable Conditions
5
6
rain showers
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 325 m
1800m 550m 0m 1100m 1950m

(277m — 369m)

snow report yesterday

99
56
Variable Conditions
2
4
light rain
light snow
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 323 m
2250m 900m 0m 0m 1200m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report today

Alta webcam
168
168

Excellent

Varied
8 cm
yesterday
3
13
11
light snow
clear
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2907 m
900m 1350m 1950m 1450m 1000m

(1981m — 2164m)

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2072 m
2250m 2850m 2950m 1750m 2200m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report today

274
274

Excellent

Powder
20 cm
5 days ago
9
13
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 638 m
50m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(392m — 480m)

snow report today

Variable Conditions
1
2
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 436 m
0m 0m 0m 1400m 650m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report today

30
30
Powder 20 cm
today
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2938 m
1550m 1850m 2400m 3000m 2400m

(2561m — 2866m)

8
3
4
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2714 m
1200m 900m 1900m 1550m 600m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report yesterday

76
76
Powder 8 cm
yesterday
19
31
32
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2301 m
1200m 1050m 1250m 650m 850m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report today

244
218
Wet Granular
light rain
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1164 m
3050m 1950m 850m 1100m 2450m

(183m — 244m)

snow report 3 days ago

Machine Groomed
1
1
light rain
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 214 m
2150m 900m 0m 0m 1100m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

112
112

Good
Best up high
5 cm
yesterday
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3632 m
1050m 1150m 1950m 2450m 1050m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report today

84
56
Powder 71 cm
today
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3156 m
1900m 2200m 3100m 3050m 2650m

(180m — 310m)

snow report yesterday

30
20
Packed Powder
3
light snow
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 245 m
850m 1650m 400m 0m 0m

(214m — 762m)

1
light snow
heavy rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 488 m
950m 1650m 350m 0m 0m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

119
71

Fresh

Fresh
13 cm
today
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2919 m
1050m 1250m 1950m 2300m 1200m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report today

Aspen Highlands webcam
107
84
Powder 23 cm
today
2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3004 m
1000m 1250m 1900m 2300m 1200m

(183m — 716m)

snow report today

61
31

Good

Fresh
10 cm
5 days ago
Light snow forecast // 22 Jan
9
light snow
heavy rain
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 450 m
0m 1200m 350m 0m 0m