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.

USA: latest snow conditions round-up

USA REPORT There were still a dozen ski areas open in the USA for the final weekend of May, a long holiday weekend including Memorial Day on Monday. In fact, two of them had opened or re-opened, especially for the weekend. But we're back down into single figures again now as we enter June with about half a dozen areas still open. Newly opened though is Beartooth Basin, North America's only summer-only ski area, located in Wyoming on the Montana border.

After not opening last year due to technical issues, there's excitement that it's back in 2023. Colorado's season will come to an end next weekend with the last resort still open there, Arapahoe Basin (10/50" / 25/125 cm), confirming its plans to end its more than 7-month 22-23 run on Sunday the 4th. The only other area that had still been open, Winter Park, announced after our report went out last week that it would be closing after Memorial Day, Breckenridge had closed the week before. The only bit of lift-accessed snow likely to remain open in the famous ski state once A Basin closes is Copper Mountain, which will keep its snowpark operational, although only for those signed up for private camps at its Woodward freestyle facility. The season is going to go on longer at Mammoth Mountain (150/200" / 375/500 cm) and The Palisades (12/194" / 30/485cm) in California, both planning to stay open into July. They were joined for the Memorial Day weekend by Dodge Ridge re-opening, but it has closed again now. However, California is the only state with two ski areas still open. Palisades has shut down one of its two bases in the past week though and its remaining summer ski and board operation is now exclusively at the Alpine base. There's nowhere open in Utah now after both Brighton and Snowbird closed after the Memorial Day weekend. However, Snowbird says it has so much snow left it will re-open in just over a fortnight and hopes to stay open through to Independence Day, although it's too early to know for sure. The other still-open resort in the US West is Timberline (32/92" / 80/230cm) on Mt Hood in Oregon. It's Palmer Snowfield and terrain parks should remain open through the summer. The state's other still-open ski area, Mt Bachelor, is among those that have now closed. Over in the east, there was cold weather at the weekend and reports of snowfall on Mt Washington. Killington was open for the Memorial Day weekend with its Superstar trail a lone ribbon of white on the green hillside. Guests could also go mountain biking and play a round of golf, if they wished, at the weekend as summer operations began as winter ones continued. It's yet to decide if it will reopen later this week and says it will make the call in the next 24 hours, with Thursday, June 1st or a weekend date a possibility. They warn temperatures are warming though so it's going to be a knife-edge decision. Canada's ski season was thought to have ended over a week ago but Sommet Saint Sauveur in Quebec unexpectedly re-opened on Tuesday for a bonus bit of snow fun. It's possible that will happen again in June but officially the season is over and nowhere is open. The Horstman glacier on Blackcomb Mountain above Whistler is expected to re-open later in June for some skiing and boarding but as last year, when it re-opened in late spring/summer for the first time after several years of pandemic closure, it's only going to be open for those booked in privately-run camps, you can't just buy a lift pass and go skiing/boarding anymore.

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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3.0 cm
41 days ago
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Mid station 1478 m
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snow report 12 days ago

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snow report 2 days ago

opens in 167 days 1.0 cm
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Mid station 2986 m
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Mid station 2072 m
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snow report 2 days ago

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snow report 23 days ago

1.0 cm
23 days ago
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snow report 26 days ago

2.0 cm
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Mid station 2714 m
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snow report 25 days ago

3.0 cm
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2 days ago
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Mid station 3544 m
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snow report 4 days ago

1.0 cm
2 days ago
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snow report 4 days ago

1.7 cm
60 days ago
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Mid station 3156 m
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(180m — 310m)

6 cm
63 days ago
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Mid station 245 m
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1.0 cm
62 days ago
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Mid station 488 m
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snow report 2 days ago

opens in 168 days 3.0 cm
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Mid station 2919 m
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opens in 189 days 3.0 cm
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Mid station 3004 m
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(183m — 716m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 181 days 2.0 cm
31 days ago
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