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 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. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report 10 days ago

1
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1478 m
2050m 2400m 1950m 1750m 2450m

(0m — 107m)

snow report 18 days ago

cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 54 m
750m 900m 1700m 1950m 2550m

(762m — 1189m)

14
29
4
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 976 m
750m 650m 450m 600m 800m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report 3 days ago

584
282
7
2
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1304 m
1800m 2100m 1150m 1500m 2650m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

236
122
Corn Snow 3 cm
yesterday
3
light snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2358 m
1800m 2900m 3700m 3400m 3450m

(198m — 351m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 274 m
1100m 550m 650m 950m 1900m

(387m — 457m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 422 m
400m 650m 1150m 1550m 2250m

(266m — 384m)

snow report 26 days ago

cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 325 m
700m 900m 1650m 1900m 2300m

(277m — 369m)

snow report 26 days ago

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 323 m
450m 650m 1150m 1550m 2300m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report today

Alta webcam
274
274
×
Closed

Powder
40 cm
2 days ago
2
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2907 m
3200m 2750m 3250m 3650m 3600m

(1981m — 2164m)

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
2
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
1800m 3400m 3800m 3850m 3950m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report today

282
282

Good

Varied
5 cm
yesterday
22
42
8
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 638 m
750m 550m 400m 550m 800m

(392m — 480m)

snow report 18 days ago

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 436 m
1200m 1500m 1900m 2200m 2550m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 24 days ago

4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2938 m
3300m 2900m 3050m 3700m 4050m

(2561m — 2866m)

4
21
3
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 2714 m
2550m 2850m 3000m 3000m 2650m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report 11 days ago

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
2100m 2750m 2550m 2450m 2550m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report 24 days ago

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1164 m
2400m 2950m 2850m 2850m 2950m

(183m — 244m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 214 m
450m 650m 1150m 1550m 2000m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

165
165

Good

Varied
8 cm
yesterday
23
6
21
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 3632 m
3150m 2900m 2850m 3200m 3550m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report today

76
71
2
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3156 m
2850m 2500m 3700m 4000m 4150m

(180m — 310m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 245 m
450m 550m 400m 600m 1350m

(214m — 762m)

1
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 488 m
450m 450m 450m 600m 1400m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

Aspen webcam
33
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2919 m
3450m 2700m 2700m 3300m 3700m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 10 days ago

Aspen Highlands webcam
37
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 3004 m
3450m 2700m 2750m 3300m 3700m

(183m — 716m)

snow report today

3
light rain
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 450 m
500m 600m 350m 450m 1300m