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Ski Resorts in America

American Ski Resorts

Skiing in the United States - with vast ski areas, mountain ranges and sky-high mountain resorts in the Rocky Mountains, skiing in America offers something for everyone. Traditional villages, wild west lively après ski, chic purpose built resorts, volcanoes and snow laden gladed forests with tree-lined rabbit trails await you...


There are 50 states in America and its possible to ski in 40 which gives you some idea of the number of ski resorts - literally hundreds.

However, many of the mainstream mountain resorts sit within the Rocky Mountains giving enormous variety in terms of size, terrain, culture and apres-ski as you move from south to north along the chain.

Our coverage of American ski resorts includes a good mix from the well known international classics such as Vail, Aspen and Beaver Creek to the authentic charming villages scattered around the many valleys such as Snowmass and Big Sky. All have one thing in common which is great mountain infrastructure, quality accommodation, excellent service and superb skiing for all levels.

Ski-In, Ski-Out Mountain Resorts

America is home to some fabulous high altitude resorts where you can ski from and back to your front door. These ski resorts are perfect for families where the hassle of getting on a ski bus with younger children can raise the stress levels.

Some of the best ski-in, ski-out family friendly resorts include...

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Volcanoes, Glacial & Summer Ski Resorts

The only option for skiing on a glacier and summer skiing in America is at Timberline in Oregon. The resort is 60 miles east of Portland on the south side of Mont Hood - Oregon's highest mountain and also a volcano.

Summer skiing on the Palmer Glacier is best in June and July with terrain more suited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders due to the steepness of the trails.

There are several places in the US where you can ski down the side of a volcano!

  • Hawaii - too good to be true? When it snows, you can ski down the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano at over 4000m and be lapping up the sun on the beach in the afternoon
  • Mount St Helens - with 4 ski routes in pristine wilderness, the skiing can be exceptional and its not erupted since 1987!

Main Skiing States

Whilst there are 40 states in the US where you can ski, the main ones are...


There are many ski resorts around the north east part of California but the best and with the most variety are those that hug the shores of Lake Tahoe. Some of the best ski resorts in America can be found here including Heavenly that spans the California and Nevada state line giving a Las Vegas feel to the apres-ski more


Probably the most recognised ski area in America with its iconic high altitude resorts of Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen. Many of the ski resorts were once mining tonws and places such as Telluride have classic Wild West main streets and back streets lined by cosy lodges and more


The best resort is Big Sky which gives access to 5800 acres of skiable terrain over 3 mountains - the largest in America. There is no danger of seeing a lift queue here - the area is simply vast! more


The main ski resorts in Utah are Park City, Deer Valley and Canyons. Park City is a wonderful resort above the town and is perfect for intermediates with plenty of long cruising blue runs. Deer Valley is an upmarket ski resort next to Park City - the slopes are separated by a fence. Canyons is accessed via a free shuttle from town and is better known for its steep terrain. Together, these 3 resorts provide an incredible 9,326 acres of skiable more

lake tahoe ski resorts, united states

Resort Height (m) Highest
lift (m)
Ski terrain (acres) Nearest
Distance (Km)
Alpine Meadows 2083 2758 6000 Reno 82
Arapahoe Basin 3286 3978 960 Eagle 124
Aspen 2422 3418 675 Aspen 6
Beaver Creek 2469 3488 1815 Eagle 40
Big Sky 2286 3399 5800 Bozeman 84
Breckenridge 2926 3962 2358 Eagle 102
Copper Mountain 2926 3767 2465 Eagle 89
Heavenly 2578 3968 4800 Reno 93
Jackson Hole 1924 3185 2500 Jackson Hole 33
Keystone 2835 3782 3148 Eagle 98
Killington 325 1293 1977 Rutland 34
Mammoth 2424 3369 3500 Yosemite 9
Park City 2103 3048 3300 Salt Lake 60
Snowbasin 1986 2888 3000 Ogden 40
Snowmass 2473 3813 3362 Aspen 9
Squaw Valley 1890 2758 6000 Reno 76
Steamboat 2040 3221 2965 Hayden 35
Stowe 475 1104 485 Burlington 55
Telluride 2667 3831 2000 Telluride 10
Vail 2476 3527 5289 Eagle 55