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 / 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

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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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report 11 days ago

10 cm
11 days ago
1
1
1
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
1600m 1600m 1600m 1800m 2450m

(0m — 107m)

partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 54 m
950m 1150m 1050m 700m 1550m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
3
6
snow showers
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 976 m
850m 950m 1000m 800m 1050m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report 5 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
15
15
light snow
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1304 m
1000m 950m 1300m 1450m 2300m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report today

200
60
Spring snow 21 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2358 m
3050m 3100m 3000m 2900m 3250m

(198m — 351m)

light rain
light rain
moderate rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 274 m
1500m 1150m 1400m 1350m 950m

(387m — 457m)

snow report 16 days ago

1 cm
16 days ago
light rain
cloudy
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 422 m
700m 700m 1000m 850m 500m

(266m — 384m)

partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 325 m
1050m 750m 950m 500m 1200m

(277m — 369m)

snow report 16 days ago

1 cm
16 days ago
light rain
cloudy
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 323 m
700m 650m 1050m 700m 350m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report 9 days ago

opens in 211 days 11 cm
9 days ago
1
4
1
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2907 m
3400m 2300m 2150m 2350m 2150m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report 11 days ago

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
5 cm
11 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
3450m 3700m 3400m 3550m 3700m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 218 days 2 cm
2 days ago
1
4
snow showers
light rain
light rain
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 638 m
800m 900m 950m 800m 1000m

(392m — 480m)

snow report 12 days ago

2 cm
12 days ago
partly cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 436 m
700m 1150m 1300m 1000m 1700m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 3 days ago

19 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 2938 m
4150m 3950m 3600m 3050m 2950m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report 2 days ago

11 cm
2 days ago
24
11
16
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2714 m
3900m 1800m 1500m 1450m 1750m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
1
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2301 m
1450m 1150m 1600m 2000m 2500m

(1108m — 1219m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1164 m
1750m 1850m 3000m 3350m 2950m

(183m — 244m)

light rain
cloudy
light rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 214 m
650m 500m 1050m 550m 350m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

149
65
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
2 days ago
2
29
1
rain showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 3632 m
3400m 3000m 2150m 2350m 1700m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report 5 days ago

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3156 m
3950m 3550m 3600m 3450m 3450m

(180m — 310m)

snow report 20 days ago

18 cm
20 days ago
light rain
light rain
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 245 m
1250m 1100m 1400m 1350m 800m

(214m — 762m)

snow report 15 days ago

4 cm
15 days ago
light rain
light rain
cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 488 m
1200m 1150m 1150m 1250m 700m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report 2 days ago

12 cm
2 days ago
14
rain showers
thunderstorm
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2919 m
3800m 3050m 2300m 2800m 1950m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 224 days 10 cm
2 days ago
16
rain showers
thunderstorm
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3004 m
3850m 3050m 2350m 2800m 2000m

(183m — 716m)

snow report 15 days ago

opens in 218 days 8 cm
15 days ago
light rain
cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 450 m
1150m 1150m 1300m 1300m 700m