For those who love to ski, the United States has some of the most impressive resorts and slopes in the world. Unfortunately many ski enthusiasts don’t realize this, as they tend to first think of countries such as Canada, Switzerland, or or Italy. However, for those who are willing to look outside of those far-away countries, they will likely be impressed by what the U.S. has to offer. This is perhaps why tourism for skiing has increased in recent years, with hundreds of thousands of visitors flying in from all over the world. If you’d like to experience some of what the ski resorts in the United States have to offer for yourself, then the top six are listed below.
1. Alta, Utah
When it comes to quality and quantity of snow, Alta takes the cake. In fact, it receives more quality snowfall than most resorts around the world! It may not be as fancy as other resorts, but for those who are true ski enthusiasts, they won’t even notice. Ski lifts are located everywhere to take visitors around this part of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Shots here are not as long as they are at other resorts, but the terrain is said to be the best in the country. There are slopes for all skill levels as well, with the majority being for intermediate skiers.
For those who wish to stay close to the mountain, Alta offers base lodges as well as condos that are just a bit farther but can be accessed via the town shuttle. There are also luxurious vacation homes to choose from nearby. For those who stay in the resort, it offers restaurants, a spa, rental shops, and easy ski in/out access.
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
It seems that Jackson Hole is a permanent name on the list of “top ski resorts in the United States”, as it has been there for just around 15 years. Why is it so popular? There are many reasons, beginning with the fact that it’s virtually located in the middle of nowhere, meaning there is tons of space for all sorts of snow activities. For skiers in particular, there is incredible terrain that’s ideal for everyone from beginners to experts. There are even multiple gondolas, including the Sweetwater Gondola that features a 4,195 ft horizontal length and takes riders from the base of the mountain to Casper. There’s also the Teton Lift that takes skiers to the north end of the resort where they can enjoy incredible views (and skiing) right off of the Teton Mountains.
To make an entire trip out of your stay, you’ll be delighted to find that there are cabins, restaurants, and a resort all in one convenient area. There are also lessons offered for those who are new to skiing and need a little help navigating the mountains of Jackson Hole. The incredible annual snowfall certainly makes a trip here more than worth it for those who want to maximize their enjoyment without risk that the powder will melt.
3. Vail, Colorado
With a passion for maintaining quality grounds and regularly opening more acreage, there’s a reason why Vail is one of the most talked about resorts in all of the United States. It receives around 358 inches of snow per year and has around 40% of the slopes facing to the north. They also recently replaced the Sun Up Lift with a high-speed quad that has helped alleviate some of the lines that are seen during the most popular times of the year. The resort in total is over 5,000 acres and has 48.9% difficult slopes, 31.5% intermediate slopes, and 19.6% easy slopes for all types of skiers to take advantage of. It also has 31 lifts that are some of the best designed in the country so visitors can get around more easily. As for lodging, there are a number of options that won’t take skiers far from the action of the mountains.
4. Deer Valley, Utah
There’s no denying the appeal of skiing at Deer Valley. It’s a huge mountain that has been divided into five different areas so skiers can more easily access slopes next to where they’re staying. There are also 101 different runs as well as 12 lifts to take visitors around the area. Known for meticulous grooming, you will find that the grounds here are kept looking great no matter how many guests you see hitting the slopes. There are also options for skiers with all skill sets, including children who are just learning. When it comes to accommodations, there’s a beautiful lodge as well as vacation condos and homes that can be rented out. There are also numerous restaurants for visitors to choose from when in the area.
5. Snowbird, Utah
Snowbird is located six miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. When it comes to snowfall, you won’t be disappointed. Each year this resort receives dependable snow that offers skiers a chance to enjoy the 3,240 foot drop that makes it so appealing. There’s a tram that takes visitors up, making it even easier to take advantage of the slopes. There’s also a tunnel that will take skiers from one side of the mountain to another, all without having to take their skis off! There are also slopes for all skill sets, so anyone can find something to do while they’re here.
6. Telluride, Colorado
Located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is the charming former mining town of Telluride. While tourists come here for small getaways, the incredible skiing is what really attracts most to drive and fly in from afar. This is due to the fact that the terrain is versatile, it features runs that end in the middle of town, and has bowl skiing. The vertical drop is 3,845 feet with 41% difficult slopes, 36% intermediate slopes, and 23% easy slopes. The small town that surrounds the mountains is an added bonus, with friendly locals, beautiful places to stay, and a lot of delicious restaurants to dine at. The gondola at Telluride can even take visitors down to Mountain Village for food or drinks so they can forget about driving.
An Experience Unlike Any Other
Even if you’ve been skiing in the United States in the past, it’s likely that you haven’t experienced all that the top resorts have to offer their guests. That’s why if you’re an enthusiast, these areas should go straight to the top of your list. However, before planning any trip that’s centered around weather, make sure that it’s a good snow season before you book. This will ensure that you have a lot of powder on the mountains to ski down all day long. With that, you’ll have a great time with nature and can look forward to visiting a different resort every year!