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 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of USA - Colorado, alphabetically

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(3286m — 3977m)

snow report 12 days ago

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Spring Conditions
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Mid station 3632 m
4750m 4650m 4450m 4300m 4100m

(2421m — 3417m)

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Mid station 2919 m
5000m 4750m 4700m 4550m 4700m

(2450m — 3558m)

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Mid station 3004 m
5000m 4800m 4700m 4600m 4750m

(2255m — 3487m)

Beaver Creek webcam
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Mid station 2871 m
5050m 4900m 4550m 4550m 4600m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report 16 days ago

Breckenridge webcam
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16 days ago
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Mid station 3419 m
4800m 4600m 4450m 4350m 4200m

(2399m — 3018m)

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Mid station 2708 m
5000m 4750m 4700m 4600m 4700m

(2959m — 3752m)

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Mid station 3356 m
4750m 4600m 4450m 4350m 4200m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report 29 days ago

10 cm
29 days ago
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Mid station 3152 m
4800m 4600m 4500m 4650m 4900m

(2818m — 3294m)

snow report 16 days ago

2 cm
16 days ago
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Mid station 3056 m
5200m 4650m 4800m 4900m 4500m

(2679m — 3297m)

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Mid station 2988 m
5300m 5150m 4900m 5100m 5350m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report 17 days ago

10 cm
17 days ago
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Mid station 3246 m
5050m 4950m 4800m 4500m 3950m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report 17 days ago

6 cm
17 days ago
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Mid station 3018 m
5050m 5000m 4700m 4500m 3900m

(2493m — 2706m)

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Mid station 2600 m
5300m 5200m 5000m 5100m 5350m

(2041m — 2175m)

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Mid station 2108 m
5200m 5050m 4900m 4750m 4350m

(3109m — 3749m)

snow report 28 days ago

8 cm
28 days ago
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Mid station 3429 m
4850m 4650m 4650m 4700m 4950m

(2926m — 3048m)

snow report 26 days ago

7 cm
26 days ago
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Mid station 2987 m
4900m 4850m 4650m 4750m 5000m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report 18 days ago

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18 days ago
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Mid station 3240 m
4750m 4600m 4450m 4300m 4150m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report 18 days ago

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18 days ago
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Mid station 3551 m
4700m 4650m 4450m 4300m 4100m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report 16 days ago

2 cm
16 days ago
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Mid station 3467 m
4850m 4700m 4600m 4450m 4600m

(2499m — 3002m)

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Mid station 2750 m
5300m 5150m 4950m 4950m 5050m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report 27 days ago

19 cm
27 days ago
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Mid station 2988 m
4950m 4900m 4650m 4800m 5100m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report 13 days ago

3 cm
13 days ago
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Mid station 3612 m
4900m 4850m 4650m 4700m 5000m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report 16 days ago

1 cm
16 days ago
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Mid station 3384 m
4800m 4700m 4500m 4450m 4350m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report 29 days ago

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29 days ago
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Mid station 3140 m
5050m 4850m 4750m 4650m 4800m

(2500m — 2805m)

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Mid station 2652 m
5000m 4900m 4600m 4400m 4200m

(2102m — 3220m)

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Mid station 2661 m
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(2403m — 3015m)

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Mid station 2709 m
5200m 5000m 4850m 4850m 4900m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report 26 days ago

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26 days ago
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Mid station 3245 m
4950m 5000m 4750m 4750m 5050m

(2474m — 3498m)

Vail webcam
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Mid station 2986 m
4950m 4850m 4500m 4450m 4450m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report 17 days ago

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17 days ago
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Mid station 3208 m
4850m 4800m 4550m 4350m 4050m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report 27 days ago

4 cm
27 days ago
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Mid station 3384 m
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