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

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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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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1197m — 1760m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
3650m 4150m 4350m 4050m 3400m

(0m — 107m)

light rain
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 54 m
3750m 3550m 3500m 4150m 4200m

(762m — 1189m)

light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 976 m
3100m 2600m 2350m 2200m 1950m

(957m — 1652m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1304 m
3950m 4300m 4450m 3900m 3600m

(2083m — 2632m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2358 m
4800m 4500m 4500m 4650m 4600m

(198m — 351m)

partly cloudy
light rain
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 274 m
4450m 4550m 4050m 3200m 4000m

(387m — 457m)

partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 422 m
4300m 4150m 3300m 3550m 4150m

(266m — 384m)

moderate rain
thunderstorm
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 325 m
4200m 3900m 3450m 3900m 4250m

(277m — 369m)

partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 323 m
4350m 4150m 3300m 3550m 4200m

(2599m — 3215m)

light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2907 m
4950m 4850m 4800m 4700m 4900m

(1981m — 2164m)

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
5100m 4950m 4900m 4950m 4900m

(76m — 1201m)

moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 638 m
3000m 2600m 2350m 2150m 1950m

(392m — 480m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
Mid station 436 m
3750m 3400m 3600m 4300m 4150m

(2621m — 3254m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2938 m
5000m 5150m 5150m 5050m 5250m

(2561m — 2866m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2714 m
4150m 3800m 4400m 4350m 4550m

(2164m — 2438m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
3850m 4000m 4100m 4150m 3900m

(1108m — 1219m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1164 m
4750m 4700m 4600m 4200m 4450m

(183m — 244m)

partly cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 214 m
4150m 3950m 3100m 3550m 4200m

(3286m — 3977m)

opens in 53 days
clear
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 3632 m
4900m 4850m 4800m 4850m 4700m

(2805m — 3506m)

partly cloudy
cloudy
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 3156 m
5250m 5050m 5000m 5000m 5000m

(180m — 310m)

clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 245 m
4250m 4550m 4100m 3300m 3650m

(214m — 762m)

clear
clear
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 488 m
4300m 4500m 4000m 3250m 3700m

(2421m — 3417m)

Aspen webcam
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2919 m
5000m 4900m 4850m 4900m 4900m

(2450m — 3558m)

clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 3004 m
5000m 4900m 4850m 4900m 4900m

(183m — 716m)

clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 450 m
4250m 4500m 4100m 3250m 3500m