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 Our East Coast resorts experienced snowfall on the 16th November, where Killington (31/36cm) and Mount snow (31cm) had a light dusting of around 5cm, while Sunday River (41cm) was forecast to receive up to a welcome 15cm to supplement their as of let limited artificial base. Unfortunately no further substantial snow is forecast, with variable conditions forecast even within the relatively tightly bunched New England resorts. It was a sunny day in our open Colorado resorts, with sunny skies across Arapahoe Basin (45cm), Breckenridge (46cm), Copper Mountain (46ccm), Keystone (46cm) and Loveland (45cm). Elsewhere, these dry and warm conditions in Colorado have forced Vail to push back their opening day until the 23rd November. Luckily, moderate to substantial snow is forecast to fall on Friday 17th November, with the most southerly resorts of Breckenridge and Copper Mountain benefitting most. In California, Heavy snow is falling over the recently opened Mammoth (25/35cm) with up to 50cm predicted to fall today and tonight, though giving way to clear skies heading into the weekend.

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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.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA

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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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

79
46
8
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1478 m
750m 1200m 1750m 2650m 3000m

(0m — 107m)

snow report yesterday

1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 54 m
750m 600m 2000m 750m 100m

(762m — 1189m)

8
2
clear
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 976 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report 9 days ago

42
9
partly cloudy
heavy snow
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1304 m
1300m 1650m 1900m 3050m 2950m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

61
30
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2358 m
2400m 3250m 3550m 3700m 3900m

(198m — 351m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 274 m
2850m 1750m 800m 2150m 900m

(387m — 457m)

snow report 4 days ago

2
heavy rain
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 422 m
1900m 350m 1250m 1250m 200m

(266m — 384m)

snow report 11 days ago

5
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 325 m
1750m 100m 1300m 1150m 150m

(277m — 369m)

snow report 3 days ago

1
heavy rain
cloudy
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 323 m
1900m 350m 1300m 1250m 200m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alta webcam
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1
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 2907 m
1650m 2500m 2900m 3350m 3800m

(1981m — 2164m)

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2072 m
3650m 3900m 4350m 4550m 4550m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

8
2
2
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 638 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(392m — 480m)

snow report yesterday

1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 436 m
500m 800m 1750m 0m 150m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 3 days ago

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2938 m
2500m 3200m 3250m 3700m 4100m

(2561m — 2866m)

2
1
13
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 2714 m
1300m 2200m 2350m 2600m 3350m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report 3 days ago

6
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 2301 m
1450m 2050m 2550m 3300m 3450m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report 3 days ago

1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1164 m
3800m 1850m 2250m 2950m 2800m

(183m — 244m)

snow report 5 days ago

4
heavy rain
cloudy
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 214 m
1700m 300m 1200m 1100m 200m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report 2 days ago

45
45

Good

Varied
5 cm
10 days ago
3
1
6
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 3632 m
1750m 2450m 2550m 2800m 3300m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report today

Variable Conditions
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3156 m
3300m 3650m 4050m 4400m 4550m

(180m — 310m)

snow report 9 days ago

light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 245 m
1450m 1600m 200m 1100m 750m

(214m — 762m)

light rain
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 488 m
1400m 1500m 150m 1050m 650m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report 2 days ago

Aspen webcam
48
15
×
Closed

Varied
8 cm
10 days ago
1
2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2919 m
1550m 2400m 2450m 2850m 3300m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 3 days ago

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1
2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 3004 m
1550m 2350m 2450m 2850m 3300m

(183m — 716m)

snow report 2 days ago

1
cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 450 m
1000m 1450m 50m 950m 600m