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 / Canada

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 17 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA - Colorado

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Ski resorts of USA - Colorado, alphabetically

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snow depth
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on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

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0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

45
30
Artificial 5 cm
today
3
2
8
snow showers part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3632 m
2050m 2000m 2450m 2850m 2800m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

opens in 29 days 11 cm
today
1
1
part cloud clear clear clear light rain
Mid station 2919 m
1700m 1850m 2750m 3150m 3000m

(2450m — 3558m)

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opens in 45 days 10 cm
today
part cloud clear clear clear light snow
Mid station 3004 m
1700m 1900m 2800m 3250m 3050m

(2255m — 3487m)

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Beaver Creek webcam
opens in 28 days 11 cm
today
1
3
snow showers part cloud clear clear light rain
Mid station 2871 m
1850m 1800m 2700m 3250m 3000m

(2925m — 3913m)

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Breckenridge webcam
opens in 16 days 7 cm
today
2
2
4
snow showers part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3419 m
2000m 1800m 2400m 2850m 2850m

(2399m — 3018m)

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opens in 45 days 9 cm
today
part cloud clear clear clear light rain
Mid station 2708 m
1700m 1900m 2800m 3200m 3050m

(2959m — 3752m)

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opens in 17 days 9 cm
today
2
2
4
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3356 m
1950m 1600m 2400m 2900m 2800m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report today

11 cm
today
part cloud clear clear clear light rain
Mid station 3152 m
1750m 1850m 2850m 3250m 3150m

(2818m — 3294m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
clear clear clear clear light snow
Mid station 3056 m
2250m 2950m 3800m 3900m 2850m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
clear clear clear clear cloud
Mid station 2988 m
2350m 3750m 3900m 3900m 3500m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report 7 days ago

1 cm
7 days ago
2
3
snow showers clear clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3246 m
2350m 2650m 3600m 3250m 2400m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
2
4
5
snow showers part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3018 m
2150m 2500m 3200m 3150m 2450m

(2493m — 2706m)

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5 cm
today
clear clear clear clear cloud
Mid station 2600 m
2400m 3650m 3900m 3850m 3450m

(2041m — 2175m)

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8 cm
today
4
4
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 2108 m
1900m 2300m 3200m 3550m 2900m

(3109m — 3749m)

snow report today

14 cm
today
1
part cloud clear clear clear light snow
Mid station 3429 m
1800m 1850m 3050m 3350m 3250m

(2926m — 3048m)

snow report today

16 cm
today
clear clear clear clear rain showers
Mid station 2987 m
1750m 2300m 2950m 3150m 3050m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report today

45
12
Artificial 7 cm
today
2
1
5
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3240 m
2050m 1900m 2350m 2750m 2850m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report today

opens in 2 days 7 cm
today
3
2
9
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3551 m
2050m 1950m 2400m 2750m 2800m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
1
clear clear clear clear light snow
Mid station 3467 m
1950m 1700m 2850m 3100m 3100m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
clear clear clear clear rain showers
Mid station 2750 m
2050m 2550m 3650m 3700m 3350m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

14 cm
today
clear clear clear clear light rain
Mid station 2988 m
1950m 2550m 3250m 3350m 3100m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report today

26 cm
today
1
clear clear clear clear snow showers
Mid station 3612 m
1750m 2300m 2900m 3050m 3000m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report today

9 cm
today
1
1
2
part cloud part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3384 m
1900m 1850m 2650m 3150m 2950m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report today

opens in 29 days 10 cm
today
part cloud clear clear clear light snow
Mid station 3140 m
1750m 1900m 2950m 3350m 3150m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
4
2
7
light snow rain showers clear clear light snow
Mid station 2652 m
1950m 2300m 2300m 2950m 2650m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report today

opens in 24 days 15 cm
today
7
1
9
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 2661 m
1900m 2300m 3150m 3550m 2900m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report today

9 cm
today
part cloud clear clear clear rain showers
Mid station 2709 m
1850m 2000m 3250m 3650m 3200m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report today

opens in 29 days 24 cm
today
clear clear clear clear snow showers
Mid station 3245 m
1950m 2250m 3050m 3100m 2950m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report today

Vail webcam
opens in 23 days 11 cm
today
1
1
4
light snow part cloud clear clear light snow
Mid station 2986 m
1900m 1650m 2550m 2900m 2850m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report today

opens in 24 days 9 cm
today
6
4
11
light snow snow showers clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3208 m
2000m 2300m 2450m 2700m 2650m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report today

35
30
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Closed

Powder
6 cm
today
Another glorious day // 27 Oct
1
clear clear clear clear cloud
Mid station 3384 m
2400m 3200m 3800m 3600m 3450m