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 / Canada

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.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA

A–A

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

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report 5 days ago

7 cm
6 days ago
thunderstorm light rain cloud cloud light rain
Mid station 1478 m
2650m 1500m 1950m 2350m 2350m

(0m — 107m)

6 cm
63 days ago
rain showers clear part cloud mod rain rain showers
Mid station 54 m
2150m 2300m 3450m 3300m 3100m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report 5 days ago

1.0 cm
6 days ago
1.0
3.0
light rain cloud snow showers cloud light rain
Mid station 976 m
1350m 1050m 1100m 1100m 1200m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report 2 days ago

2.0 cm
2 days ago
8.0
4.0
8.0
light rain light snow rain showers cloud light rain
Mid station 1304 m
1500m 1250m 1350m 2300m 1800m

(198m — 351m)

6 cm
55 days ago
thunderstorm thunderstorm part cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 274 m
2900m 2600m 2250m 2050m 2600m

(387m — 457m)

6 cm
67 days ago
thunderstorm rain showers clear clear light rain
Mid station 422 m
2450m 2350m 2200m 2950m 3550m

(266m — 384m)

1.0 cm
54 days ago
thunderstorm rain showers clear cloud cloud
Mid station 325 m
2350m 2250m 2900m 3600m 3550m

(277m — 369m)

4 cm
67 days ago
thunderstorm light rain clear part cloud light rain
Mid station 323 m
2450m 2400m 2200m 3050m 3500m

(2600m — 3373m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 179 days 6 cm
3 days ago
clear clear clear clear cloud
Mid station 2986 m
4200m 3850m 3300m 3750m 4250m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report 23 days ago

5 cm
24 days ago
clear clear clear clear clear
Mid station 2072 m
4100m 4200m 4400m 4350m 4200m

(76m — 838m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 180 days 2.0 cm
9 days ago
light rain light rain rain showers cloud light rain
Mid station 457 m
1250m 1000m 1100m 1100m 1200m

(392m — 480m)

3.0 cm
51 days ago
light rain clear light rain part cloud clear
Mid station 436 m
2000m 2900m 3450m 3200m 2600m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 7 days ago

2.0 cm
8 days ago
rain showers rain showers cloud clear rain showers
Mid station 2938 m
4350m 4100m 4450m 4350m 4550m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report 2 days ago

1.0 cm
2 days ago
clear rain showers cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 2714 m
3500m 3550m 2550m 2850m 3450m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
4 days ago
rain showers cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 2301 m
2650m 1950m 1850m 2800m 2850m

(1108m — 1219m)

3.0 cm
54 days ago
part cloud part cloud clear clear part cloud
Mid station 1164 m
3200m 2900m 3100m 3100m 3700m

(183m — 244m)

8 cm
67 days ago
thunderstorm part cloud clear part cloud light rain
Mid station 214 m
2500m 2350m 2150m 3150m 2850m

(3286m — 3801m)

snow report yesterday

168
50
Packed powder and groomed snow 4 cm
3 days ago
thunderstorm rain showers part cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 3544 m
3500m 3650m 3600m 3550m 3750m

(762m — 1132m)

snow report 13 days ago

2.0 cm
14 days ago
1.0
1.0
light rain light rain rain showers cloud light rain
Mid station 947 m
1400m 1250m 1350m 1350m 1550m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report yesterday

102
102
Machine Groomed 1.0 cm
23 days ago
clear clear part cloud part cloud clear
Mid station 3156 m
4300m 4350m 4200m 4500m 4500m

(180m — 310m)

14 cm
54 days ago
part cloud cloud cloud cloud part cloud
Mid station 245 m
3050m 2450m 2250m 2050m 2200m

(214m — 762m)

13 cm
54 days ago
part cloud light rain part cloud cloud clear
Mid station 488 m
2850m 2400m 2200m 1950m 2250m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 179 days 3.0 cm
3 days ago
rain showers part cloud part cloud rain showers rain showers
Mid station 2919 m
3800m 3950m 3700m 3800m 4000m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 193 days 3.0 cm
3 days ago
rain showers part cloud part cloud rain showers rain showers
Mid station 3004 m
3850m 4000m 3700m 3850m 4050m

(183m — 716m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 193 days 1.0 cm
53 days ago
part cloud cloud cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 450 m
3050m 2400m 2150m 2000m 2150m