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 / CanadaThere are currently no ski areas open in North America but after the unusually heavy snowfall earlier in September (which has now largely melted away), excitement for the season ahead is starting to build with more normal late September occurrence. These include Arapahoe Basin in Colorado - one of the world's highest ski areas and often the first, or one of the first to open each season, firing up its snowmaking guns.

This happened for the first time this autumn at the weekend and the resort says that, as usual, it's targeting a mid-October opening if it stays cold enough for enough snowmaking build-up and/or there's natural snowfall in the next 2-3 weeks too. Speaking of natural snowfall mountains have been turning white in the northwest of the continent with ski areas in Alberta, BC, Wyoming, Montana and the wider region posting pictures of the snow at the weekend. The first of these to actually name a specific target opening date in Alberta's Nakiska, which aims to open in a month's time, at the end of October, but others are aiming for sooner than that if conditions allow. There are no known ski areas operating lifts for skiing in Asia at present, except within indoor snow centres. Fresh snowfall - the first of the season - was reported at the weekend at several of the continent's more famous ski areas however including Niseko in Japan and Gulmarg in India.

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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Ski resorts in USA from A to A

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
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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 on 23 May

7 cm
on 23 May
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
4450m 4200m 4150m 4100m 3600m

(0m — 107m)

light rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 54 m
1500m 850m 0m 950m 1350m

(762m — 1189m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
4
31
heavy rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate rain
Mid station 976 m
1750m 1500m 1300m 1150m 1300m

(957m — 1652m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1304 m
4500m 4400m 4400m 3950m 3650m

(2083m — 2632m)

opens in 45 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2358 m
4650m 4850m 4800m 4800m 4550m

(198m — 351m)

clear
clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 274 m
2300m 2500m 1800m 1700m 1500m

(387m — 457m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 422 m
1900m 1600m 1100m 1000m 1250m

(266m — 384m)

thunderstorm
light rain
clear
cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 325 m
1850m 1200m 550m 1000m 1550m

(277m — 369m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 323 m
1850m 1650m 1100m 1000m 1250m

(2599m — 3215m)

snow report 22 days ago

opens in 66 days 3 cm
22 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2907 m
4650m 4650m 4550m 4450m 4350m

(1981m — 2164m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2072 m
4800m 4850m 4850m 4800m 4500m

(76m — 1201m)

opens in 73 days
heavy rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 638 m
1800m 1450m 1350m 1200m 1350m

(392m — 480m)

light rain
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 436 m
1400m 900m 450m 1200m 1450m

(2621m — 3254m)

snow report 20 days ago

31 cm
20 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2938 m
4650m 3850m 4300m 4300m 4250m

(2561m — 2866m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2714 m
3400m 3350m 3600m 3350m 4150m

(2164m — 2438m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2301 m
4800m 4550m 4400m 4350m 4100m

(1108m — 1219m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1164 m
3800m 2850m 2350m 2500m 2800m

(183m — 244m)

thunderstorm
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 214 m
1900m 1300m 700m 550m 1200m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report 19 days ago

opens in 24 days 9 cm
19 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3632 m
4050m 3500m 3650m 3550m 3800m

(2805m — 3506m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3156 m
4800m 4850m 4950m 4850m 4750m

(180m — 310m)

rain showers
clear
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 245 m
2600m 2500m 2100m 1900m 1450m

(214m — 762m)

rain showers
clear
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 488 m
2500m 2350m 2000m 1900m 1100m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report 19 days ago

Aspen webcam
opens in 57 days 1 cm
19 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2919 m
4350m 4250m 4050m 3900m 4150m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 19 days ago

opens in 66 days 1 cm
19 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3004 m
4350m 4300m 4100m 3950m 4250m

(183m — 716m)

opens in 66 days
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 450 m
2550m 2400m 2050m 1800m 1300m