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 There was still some good late season skiing amongst our featured US resorts that are still open, with a few recording fantastic fresh snowfall for this time of year. Snowbird (277cm) noted as much as 33cm of fresh snow on Wednesday 18th April, which has provided very fresh conditions both on and off piste. Winter Park (203cm/213cm) too recorded around 20cm on the same date.

Arapahoe Basin (165cm) was experiencing great skiing conditions with 8cm of fresh, accompanied by marvellous sunny weather.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 20resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 5 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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report yesterday

165
165

Good

Varied
8 cm
3 days ago
14
2
16
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
rain showers
Mid station 3632 m
3100m 3500m 2850m 3050m 3450m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report yesterday

Aspen webcam
1
2
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2919 m
3200m 3600m 3300m 3400m 3650m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 12 days ago

Aspen Highlands webcam
1
2
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3004 m
3200m 3600m 3300m 3400m 3650m

(2255m — 3487m)

snow report yesterday

Beaver Creek webcam
1
3
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 2871 m
3200m 3550m 3200m 3250m 3600m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report yesterday

Breckenridge webcam
193
193

Excellent
Best up high
15 cm
3 days ago
4
1
3
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3419 m
3100m 3550m 3050m 3200m 3550m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report 12 days ago

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2708 m
3200m 3600m 3300m 3400m 3650m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report yesterday

Copper Mountain webcam
3
1
4
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3356 m
3100m 3550m 3150m 3250m 3550m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report yesterday

1
2
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3152 m
3250m 3600m 3400m 3400m 3700m

(2818m — 3294m)

9
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3056 m
3400m 3850m 3200m 3150m 3550m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

51
41
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2988 m
3700m 4000m 4000m 3600m 4050m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report 6 days ago

11
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
rain showers
Mid station 3246 m
3350m 3750m 2650m 3050m 3350m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report today

102
102
Powder 10 cm
today
12
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3018 m
3200m 3650m 2650m 3000m 3350m

(2493m — 2706m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2600 m
3750m 4000m 4000m 3650m 4050m

(2041m — 2175m)

clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2108 m
3400m 3650m 2950m 3200m 3600m

(3109m — 3749m)

2
4
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3429 m
3250m 3600m 3450m 3400m 3700m

(2926m — 3048m)

2
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2987 m
3400m 3700m 3600m 3500m 3800m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report yesterday

Keystone webcam
6
1
3
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3240 m
3100m 3500m 2900m 3100m 3500m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report yesterday

173
173

Good
Best up high
6 cm
on 18 Apr
11
2
12
snow showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3551 m
3050m 3450m 2850m 3050m 3450m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report 5 days ago

1
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3467 m
3300m 3650m 3500m 3400m 3700m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report 26 days ago

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2750 m
3550m 3850m 3450m 3500m 3800m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

51
43
×
Closed
Limited
5 cm
28 days ago
2
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2988 m
3500m 3800m 3800m 3600m 3900m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report 8 days ago

6
7
6
snow showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 3612 m
3400m 3700m 3600m 3500m 3800m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report 11 days ago

3
1
3
rain showers
thunderstorm
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 3384 m
3100m 3550m 3250m 3350m 3600m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report 4 days ago

1
2
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3140 m
3200m 3600m 3300m 3400m 3650m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report 18 days ago

1
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
3150m 3550m 2900m 3050m 3550m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report yesterday

Steamboat webcam
3
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2661 m
3400m 3650m 2950m 3150m 3600m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report 17 days ago

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2709 m
3400m 3700m 3250m 3400m 3700m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report yesterday

2
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3245 m
3450m 3800m 3600m 3550m 3850m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report yesterday

Vail webcam
2
3
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2986 m
3150m 3550m 3150m 3250m 3550m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report yesterday

213
203

Excellent

Varied
20 cm
3 days ago
10
1
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3208 m
3100m 3450m 2750m 3000m 3400m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report 17 days ago

1
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 3384 m
3700m 3850m 3950m 3550m 3900m