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 Another very snowy week in the Western US with the deepest base on the continent at Mammoth Mountain (236/533cm) breaking through the 5-metre base depth mark with another 54cm of snow in the past 72 hours. This continues a very snowy theme. However, Mt Baker (368/445cm) to the north, in Washington State, holds the record for the most snow in the world in a season.

The area has started to regain lost ground and posted more than double the Mammoth total with 128cm (over four feet) of snow in the past three days. These are just the highlights of a very snowy picture across the West, which shows no sign of easing down for the time being. Resorts in Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and other Western states have reported good snowfalls too, just not quite so much. In the East, there's been no fresh snow so far this week but that is about to change.

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

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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 today

351
259
Powder 5 cm
today
7
6
22
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
600m 200m 0m 0m 200m

(0m — 107m)

snow report on 17 Feb

178
76
Machine Groomed
3
6
11
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 54 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
11
14
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 976 m
0m 200m 200m 0m 0m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report yesterday

439
251
Packed Powder 12 cm
today
6
31
45
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1304 m
650m 300m 250m 300m 450m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report today

460
333

Fresh

Fresh
88 cm
today
22
5
light snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2358 m
900m 650m 600m 750m 750m

(198m — 351m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
3 days ago
3
2
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 274 m
300m 450m 0m 850m 1050m

(387m — 457m)

snow report today

122
91
Machine Groomed 17 cm
3 days ago
4
6
6
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 422 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(266m — 384m)

snow report today

56
56
Packed Powder 20 cm
3 days ago
8
8
4
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 325 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 0m

(277m — 369m)

snow report today

86
86
Machine Groomed 17 cm
3 days ago
4
5
2
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 323 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report today

Alta webcam
480
200
Packed powder or groomed snow 25 cm
today
2
3
14
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2907 m
650m 450m 250m 500m 800m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report today

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
34 cm
today
15
7
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2072 m
1050m 600m 600m 850m 800m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report today

233
48
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
2 days ago
16
17
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 638 m
0m 200m 200m 50m 0m

(392m — 480m)

snow report today

91
30
Machine Groomed 1 cm
2 days ago
8
10
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 436 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report today

79
76
Machine Groomed 6 cm
yesterday
32
13
clear
moderate snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 2938 m
1300m 1100m 950m 950m 1400m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report today

11 cm
today
7
2
5
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2714 m
100m 0m 200m 350m 300m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report today

173
112
Machine Groomed 8 cm
today
7
15
16
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2301 m
800m 400m 300m 400m 350m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report today

312
178
Machine Groomed 6 cm
18 days ago
7
14
light rain
partly cloudy
light snow
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1164 m
2300m 2350m 1800m 2600m 3650m

(183m — 244m)

snow report 3 days ago

20 cm
3 days ago
1
6
4
cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 214 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

155
155
Powder 5 cm
today
10
7
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3632 m
600m 800m 600m 750m 1100m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report today

183
127
Powder 11 cm
today
17
17
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 3156 m
1400m 1150m 900m 1050m 1100m

(180m — 310m)

snow report today

38
13
Machine Groomed 23 cm
3 days ago
3
14
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 245 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 300m

(214m — 762m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
4
12
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 488 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 300m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

Aspen webcam
119
117
Powder 5 cm
today
10
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 2919 m
600m 1050m 600m 750m 1150m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report today

Aspen Highlands webcam
193
147
Powder 8 cm
today
11
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 3004 m
600m 1000m 550m 700m 1150m

(183m — 716m)

snow report today

91
61

Fresh

Fresh
6 cm
today
4
15
1
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 450 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m