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United States Ski Resorts

UNITED STATES: WIDE OPEN SPACES & POLISHED RESORT EXPERIENCE


The United States is home to more than 450 ski resorts, ranging from one-chair Midwestern hills to global destination resorts like Vail, Aspen and Sun Valley. Not surprisingly the United States offers a wide variety of ski experiences to suit any taste.


WEST COAST


The West Coast of the United States offers some of the country’s steepest terrain and deepest snow. Ski and snowboard areas range from small, local spots outside of Los Angeles, to international destinations like Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.


Further north still are the small but challenging ski resorts of Oregon and Washington. Some, such as Crystal Mountain and Mt Bachelor, offer amazing skiing, but wetter, heavier snow due to the lower elevation and proximity to the ocean.


ROCKY MOUNTAINS


The massive Rocky Mountains span several Western states, including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico.


The Rocky Mountains resorts are known for their modern, high-end resort facilities and consistently good weather. Colorado resorts like Vail, Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass offer some of the most polished resort experiences in the world while Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Big Sky, Montana are all about an authentic and exciting ski experience.

EAST COAST


The resorts of the East Coast of the United States have a down-home charm and years of tradition and history behind them. Some resorts like Killington and Mount Snow offer a full-service resort experience.


But just because the mountains are generally smaller than their Western brethren, don’t think there isn’t good, expert skiing as well. Jay Peak, Vermont, gets snow that rivals western resorts and has tree skiing to challenge even the most hardened experts.


MIDWEST


What the Midwestern U.S. lacks in vertical, it makes up for in passion. Midwestern skiers and snowboarders love their sport, regardless of weather, terrain or wind. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to some of the snowiest resorts.


Which U.S. Ski Resorts Get the Most Snow?


According to The National Geographic, the snowiest resorts in the U.S. include the following:



  • Mt. Baker Ski Area: over 680 inches per year

  • Alyeska Resort: nearly 670 inches per year

  • Sugar Bowl, California: 500 inches per year

  • Brighton Ski Resort, Utah: 500 inches per year

  • Sierra-at-Tahoe, California: 480 inches


What Was the First U.S. Ski Resort?


Sun Valley, Idaho, opened in 1936, making it the first ski resort in the states.


Which U.S. Ski Resort Has the Largest Vertical Drop?


The two resorts with the largest vertical drop served by lifts is Snowmass, Colorado, at 4,406 feet and Big Sky Resort, Montana, at 4,350 feet.


Which U.S. Ski Resort Has the Highest Elevation?


At 12,998 feet, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado, wins the title of the ski resort with the highest elevation.

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Best United States Hotels

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Hotel Terra Jackson Hole
3335 West Village Drive Teton Village, 83025
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Mt Baldy - Mt Baldy Lodge Motel
6777 Mt. Baldy Road Mount Baldy, 91759
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
603 SR 906 Snoqualmie Pass, 98068
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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