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 As mentioned in our introduction the US continues to move ahead as the country with the most ski areas open by some distance. The weekend saw another two dozen-plus centres open meaning more than 60 resorts are now open from coast to coast, more than four times the nearest competing country at present. Like last weekend the focus was the East Coast where there has been cold weather and some moderate snowfalls (6-12 inches), however some centres have opened in the West too with big-name resorts including Vail and Steamboat starting their seasons at the weekend, still capitalising on the biggest snowfalls on record in Colorado in October, although the weather has been a bit more mixed since.

For Steamboat, it was their earliest ever opening after a record 1.5 metres (five feet) of October snowfall there. But the Rockies have had another fairly dry week, with just a few inches more snowfall and hoped for snow in California didn't materialise and it has stayed too warm really here.

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.

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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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1197m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
today
1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
1600m 2250m 900m 1000m 1300m

(0m — 107m)

snow report today

1 cm
18 days ago
7
cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 54 m
2450m 1450m 450m 450m 1150m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
47
2
7
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 976 m
900m 700m 600m 200m 0m

(957m — 1652m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
today
19
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1304 m
2250m 2950m 1650m 1900m 1600m

(2083m — 2632m)

snow report yesterday

43
Artificial 1 cm
today
1
89
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2358 m
1900m 2100m 2800m 3700m 3450m

(198m — 351m)

snow report 8 days ago

2 cm
8 days ago
1
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 274 m
900m 2250m 1500m 1200m 1500m

(387m — 457m)

snow report yesterday

16 cm
8 days ago
4
clear
light rain
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 422 m
1600m 2800m 750m 1100m 600m

(266m — 384m)

snow report today

43
43
Variable Conditions 1 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 325 m
1850m 1850m 650m 550m 1150m

(277m — 369m)

snow report yesterday

30
30
Variable Conditions 1 cm
6 days ago
4
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 323 m
1650m 2800m 700m 1050m 550m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report today

Alta webcam
opens in 10 days 8 cm
21 days ago
4
18
29
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2907 m
2850m 2100m 1950m 2300m 2500m

(1981m — 2164m)

Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows webcam
7
38
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
2100m 2150m 2850m 3550m 3900m

(76m — 1201m)

snow report today

opens in 23 days 3 cm
today
48
2
6
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 638 m
900m 700m 650m 250m 0m

(392m — 480m)

snow report 4 days ago

1
2
cloudy
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 436 m
2450m 750m 750m 950m 2050m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
21 days ago
17
1
6
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2938 m
3300m 2400m 2200m 2350m 2750m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
6
15
3
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2714 m
1700m 1850m 2350m 1950m 2100m

(2164m — 2438m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
today
22
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 2301 m
1400m 2150m 2900m 2450m 2200m

(1108m — 1219m)

snow report today

91
71
Machine Groomed 1 cm
today
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
snow showers
Mid station 1164 m
2350m 3400m 3250m 3000m 1700m

(183m — 244m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
6 days ago
partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 214 m
1400m 2400m 300m 650m 900m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

46
46
Machine Groomed 2 cm
3 days ago
16
5
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 3632 m
2900m 2550m 2100m 2150m 2100m

(2805m — 3506m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
32
1
8
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3156 m
2650m 2050m 2350m 3300m 3800m

(180m — 310m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
yesterday
1
3
light snow
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 245 m
600m 1100m 1100m 600m 750m

(214m — 762m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
1
6
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 488 m
400m 1100m 1100m 250m 700m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report today

Aspen webcam
opens in 8 days 16 cm
21 days ago
15
7
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2919 m
3100m 2600m 2050m 2150m 2250m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 17 days 16 cm
21 days ago
14
8
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3004 m
3100m 2600m 2050m 2200m 2250m

(183m — 716m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 17 days 1 cm
4 days ago
3
4
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 450 m
800m 1300m 1050m 0m 1000m