Top 20 Ski Resorts In USA
Jackson Hole : #1
With phenomenal backcountry skiing and maybe the best views in North America the only problem with Jackson Hole is getting there!
Telluride : #2
Another ski resort whose only problem might be getting there, Telluride boasts a competition with Jackson Hole for the best views in the USA mixed with short lift lines. Spiral Stairs and Ski Forever are two of the local favorites along with a nice glass of Fat Tire Beer after a day on the slopes.
Taos : #3
Taos is another resort that is not easy to access as the average New Yorker or Chicagoan will have to take 2 flights plus a near 2 hour drive unless you are taking a private jet in. However, the drive into Taos is worth it and might be one of the most beautiful in the USA with merely half an hour in between desert and picturesque Nordic ski country.
Alta : #4
Much more easy to get to, Alta will also have longer lines however. But the snow never seems to stop after Thanksgiving as the base numbers are always quite impressive. But, if you are not a fan of the powder you might want to consider steering clear.
Aspen : #5
Aspen is not easy to access, however many of the skiers seem to prefer taking their own planes in. Make no mistake this is the most expensive place to ski, eat and lodge in the USA and unless you are comfortable shelling out thousands of dollars, this is not for you. But, if you don’t mind the expensive, then enjoy some fantastic skiing with a number of neighboring mountains offering less challenging runs, such as Snowmass.
Park City : #6
Jupiter Bowl might be the skiing prize of Park City along with boasting one of the best ski schools in the USA, Park City is very family friendly. Along with being an hour Uber away from Salt Lake City international airport.
Vail : #7
Vail couldn’t be easier to access for the single skier or the family of 4. An easy drive from Denver, Vail boasts one of the largest skiable terrains in the world. Plus, an amazing snowmaking platform that allows for one of the earliest start times of any ski mountain, Vail has Hibachi and great shopping, definitely don’t go expecting a small quaint ski town experience. But, the Vail Bowls are wonderful!
Snowbird : #8
Snowbird like Vail is a pleasure to get to! An easy Uber from Salt Lake City international airport gets the powder-seeking skier to paradise. Some would protest Snowbird’s placement all the way down on the list at #8, as Snowbird certainly has its devoted ski fans who flock for the moguls and wonderful terrain.
Big Sky : #9
Big Sky is going to be much more difficult to access as it is located in Montana and will definitely require multiple flights for the average skier. But, once you get there say hello to one of the most expansive ski resorts on the planet with endless views of beautiful Montana. However, it does get rather chilly and with wind chill don’t be surprised to see negative readings on your dial. But, if you need to take a day off from skiing Yellowstone Park is not far!
Sun Valley : #10
Sun Valley is not as easy to get to as most, in fact this is private jet haven! But, the beauty is immense and it has not become as commercialized as Aspen or Vail.
Deer Valley : #11
See Park City, Alta etc. I like Deer Valley because no snowboarding and there are great slopes, but it is not too huge a mountain that you can get to know it quickly. Stein Eriksen Lodge has good massages and a fantastic slope-side bar.
Lake Tahoe: #12
Mammoth : #13
Keystone : #14
Very convenient, a quick drive from Denver! But, you get what you pay for with tremendous lift lines! As busy as a ski resort in the USA will get!
Breckenridge : #15
This mountain is more low key, amazing skiing, not as glitzy as some of the more commercial resorts.
Crested Butte : #16
Steamboat : #17
Great mountain, often less crowded than aspen!
Stowe : #18/Tie
Great if it snows like 3 feet otherwise go out west. Stowe does have the only 5 star ski-side hotel in the east. But, with traffic can be up to a 7 hour drive from New York City.
Jay Peak : #18/Tie
Some of the best east coast skiing, but not easy to access!
Killington : #19
In a word: crowded. Killington is the only east coast mountain really worth skiing other than Jay Peak but its just so far from NYC may as well fly out west.
Sugarbush : #20/Tie
Stratton : #20/Tie
Unless you get a nice snowfall, there will be an extraordinary high amount of ice on the slopes due to the dramatic changes in temperature. Think 55 degrees and rainy on Tuesday and 8 degrees on Saturday…
If you are willing to leave the US, Whistler Banff and Lake Louise would all be contenders for top spots if they were in the USA.
Top 20 Ski Resorts In USA