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 US with some resorts in the west reporting another metre of snowfall and also consistently good coverage across almost all of the country - only the far northwest around Washington State continues to see things a little warmer than they'd like. Mt Baker, the world's snowiest resort on average, has had to delay its planned opening due to inadequate snow cover so far.

It's a similar picture up in Alaska where Eaglecrest Ski Area has postponed its opening day planned for last Saturday 1st December to next Saturday 8th December due to warm temperatures and a lack of natural snowfall there too. Unusually, in fact, Trollhaugen (30/183cm) in the Midwest continues to post the deepest base in the country Western resorts are catching up fast and, perhaps more importantly, are also building their resort level bases, with several passing the metre mark there - the first to do so in the northern hemisphere so far this season. Mammoth for example now has a 102/178cm base, the second deepest in the world while Brighton resort in Utah is posting 145/145cm after another 65cm in 72 hours earlier this week. Many other resorts in California, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and posting similar impressive numbers for the start of December with many claiming this is the best start to the season in a decade or more and very different to a year ago. Conditions also remain good in the east and Midwest although the rate of snowfall has slowed down here and indeed the next few days are looking quieter across much of the country.

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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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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

46
28
Packed Powder 35 cm
8 days ago
30
10
35
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
750m 950m 700m 950m 850m

(0m — 107m)

snow report yesterday

91
15
Machine Groomed 1 cm
8 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
clear
Mid station 54 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 950m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
40
4
3
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 976 m
200m 150m 0m 0m 0m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report today

5 cm
today
72
29
117
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1304 m
1150m 1450m 850m 1500m 1050m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

102
74
Packed 9 cm
4 days ago
1
16
23
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
heavy snow
Mid station 2358 m
2100m 2300m 2800m 3000m 1950m

(198m — 351m)

snow report 23 days ago

13 cm
23 days ago
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 274 m
300m 350m 300m 750m 2300m

(387m — 457m)

snow report yesterday

2
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 422 m
0m 100m 700m 1300m 2350m

(266m — 384m)

snow report yesterday

43
43
Packed Powder 4 cm
7 days ago
2
1
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 325 m
850m 800m 400m 900m 950m

(277m — 369m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
25
Machine Groomed 1 cm
7 days ago
1
2
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 323 m
0m 150m 750m 1300m 2350m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report today

Alta webcam
50
15

Fresh

Fresh
2 cm
5 days ago
11
2
17
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2907 m
2100m 1600m 1200m 1300m 2200m

(1981m — 2164m)

snow report 3 days ago

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
33 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
3250m 3000m 3600m 3500m 2750m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report on 10 Dec

opens in 5 days 4 cm
on 10 Dec
41
9
5
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 638 m
150m 150m 0m 0m 0m

(392m — 480m)

snow report yesterday

51
25
Machine Groomed 3 cm
11 days ago
clear
cloudy
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 436 m
1000m 0m 0m 150m 1200m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report yesterday

51
51
Variable Conditions 12 cm
7 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2938 m
2550m 2700m 2100m 1800m 3100m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report 6 days ago

6 cm
6 days ago
15
2
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2714 m
2450m 1350m 1200m 1050m 2400m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report 2 days ago

25 cm
7 days ago
29
7
24
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2301 m
1100m 1100m 1200m 900m 950m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report yesterday

170
107
Powder 51 cm
yesterday
8
light snow
clear
cloudy
cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1164 m
1400m 900m 1150m 2400m 2850m

(183m — 244m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
1
2
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 214 m
250m 0m 450m 1050m 2150m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report yesterday

99
50
Packed 1 cm
yesterday
4
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3632 m
2200m 1950m 1650m 900m 2500m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report yesterday

91
66
Machine Groomed 3 cm
3 days ago
1
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3156 m
3550m 3200m 2800m 2850m 3400m

(180m — 310m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 245 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 1150m

(214m — 762m)

snow report 8 days ago

3 cm
8 days ago
clear
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 488 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 1200m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report yesterday

Aspen webcam
74
30
Packed 3 cm
3 days ago
9
1
1
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2919 m
2200m 1900m 1550m 950m 2400m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report yesterday

Aspen Highlands webcam
117
81
Packed Powder 4 cm
3 days ago
9
2
1
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3004 m
2150m 1900m 1500m 950m 2400m

(183m — 716m)

snow report yesterday

30
15
Frozen Granular 2 cm
3 days ago
2
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 450 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 1150m