Below are several lists of the best ski resorts in the US. The top ten lists are broken down by Western and Eastern United States. Note that the Rocky Mountain ski resorts are in the Western US list even though they deserve their own Rockies designation at some point. Check out the lists by category including beginner ski trails (groomers), black diamond (steep and difficult) ski runs, best off-trail (off piste) skiing, best snowboarding, best for families, and best resorts for singles.
Also listed below are some of the best-known ski forums and message boards and skiing and snowboarding magazines (online and print magazines). We have attempted to list some of the top American resorts by state as well. This page is evolving so many are not listed yet. There are so many incredible popular and lesser-known ski areas around the USA that deserve mention here. Keep checking back.
Ski Resorts -
Western United States
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Taos, New Mexico
Sun Valley, Idaho
Squaw Valley, California
Crested Butte, Colorado
Ski Resorts - Eastern United States
Lake Placid, New York
Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire
Burke Mountain, Vermont
Jackson, New Hampshire
Jay Peak, Vermont
Best Skiing by Category
Bretton Woods, NH
Sunday River, Maine
Best black-diamond trails
Teton Village, WY
Squaw Valley, CA
Crested Butte, CO
Squaw Valley, CA
Teton Village, WY
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Mount Marcy, NY
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Park City, Utah
Big Bear Lake, CA
Smuggler's Notch, VT
Winter Park, CO
Mountain Creek Ski
Winter Park, CO
Ski Forum - From Ski.com. Ski Vacation Packages to over 75 ski
resorts worldwide including Snowmass, Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge,
Telluride, Europe, South America and New Zealand. Ski.com offers ski
vacation accommodations, lift tickets, airline tickets, snow
reports, ski equipment, activities, forums, shopping and more.
New England & Northeast Skiing Message Board Forum -
Northeast Skiing & Snowboarding Trip
Reports. Discussing and buying/selling
outdoor-related gear and equipment. Skiing and hiking-related news
and featured articles.
Ski Magazine Forum -
Skimag.com The official website of SKI Magazine, the world's leading
ski publication since 1936. SKImag.com is the Internet's greatest
resource for information on ski gear, resorts, travel and much more.
Ski / Snowboard - Teton Gravity Research Forums - Ski and
snowboard discussion forums
Powdermag Message Boards -
Official site of this ski magazine includes news,
videos, photos, and facts.
- Discussion board on skiing , snowboarding , ski club forum, snow ,
mountains , off piste skiing , ski club of great britain.
SKI Magazine is as full of anticipation and exhilaration as the first
run of a new season. Which resorts are best for a family vacation...
where to dine out in every ski-town from Lake Tahoe to Stowe... how to
find available airline seats even when the computers say flights are
sold out. And you get expert instruction from some of the most
celebrated skiers and instructors in the sport.
- Online Magazine
The worldwide guide to ski resorts and mountain sports - over 2000 ski
Skiing - This magazine
profiles ski resorts. Contains tips on purchasing equipment, the latest
in ski fashions and accessories, and fast ways to get in shape for the
season. Also contains advice on improving techniques on the slopes.
There is no
comparison to Powder Magazine for hard core skiers. The writers and
photographers that contribute to Powder Magazine are passionate skiers.
They are in it for the love of the sport and it shows in their work. The
magazine has the best photography spanning everything from extreme
stunts in Alaska to Sunsets over the Alps.
Ski Canada Magazine
Covers alpine skiing
in Canada and abroad. Features ski travel and resort reviews, reports on
racing, new gear and equipment, ski fashion and ski trips.
Snowboarding magazine offers information from the world of snowboarding,
including epic photographs, interviews with top boarders and events
around the world. Included with your subscription is a comprehensive
buyer's guide of boards, boots, binding and more for all your product
Snowboarder - Provides
features and photos for snowboarding enthusiasts. Each issues provides
technique and equipment tips and equipment reviews, as well as profiles
of ski areas that allow snowboarding.
Welcome to Alyeska Resort -
among the most breathtaking year-round destination resorts in the world.
Alaska ski vacations and adventures for the whole family as well as one
of the most scenic golf courses in Alaska.
Bear Lake - At Big Bear Mountain Resorts, conditions
are way better than you may expect with more terrain open than you
realize! Two of the world's largest snowmaking systems plus a nearly
inexhaustible supply of water from Big Bear Lake have allowed our
snowmaking crews to make a tremendous amount of snow. Forecasts are
calling for cold dry Santa Ana conditions over the next few days
enabling the resorts to continue to make snow around-the-clock! Coverage
is excellent on all open runs with a machine groomed packed powder
surface. One lift ticket gives you access to more open terrain and more
lifts operating than any other Southern California resort.
Mammoth Mountain - Ski and ride on the deepest snow
base in the U.S.: 12 to 14 feet. We've already received almost 300
inches this season and we're just getting started. Conditions are epic
for a mid-season trip to Mammoth.
Mammoth is an area rich in history and evolution, springing from the
hope and vision of founder Dave McCoy. From meager beginnings to a
world-class resort, Dave's passionate dreams have produced epic memories
for all who have experienced the Mammoth.
- Northstar is primarily
known as a family ski area than its surrounding resorts.
Northstar-at-Tahoe is a very well-rounded resort with plenty of terrain
to keep all skill levels happy, as well as a host of off-mountain
activities to keep non-skiers, kids and snowboarders happy.
Squaw Valley opened in
1949 with one chair lift, a rope tow, and a lodge. Today, Squaw Valley
USA is one of the world's premier destination resorts with year-round
recreation and first-class accommodations.
Squaw Valley has over 33 lifts and offers the finest Lake Tahoe skiing.
This resort has North America’s only Funitel, 4,000 acres and 2,850
vertical feet of terrain.
Aspen Mountain is often known as the playpen of the rich and famous
but it does feature some excellent terrain for all ability ski levels.
Aspen Mountain has fantastic groomed intermediate runs and for the skier
who wants a challenge, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours is a great choice for
experts as it provides access to hundreds of acres of terrain off the
backside of the mountain.
Buttermilk Mountain is essentially Aspen-lite. This is where to go to
learn to ski or to take it easy. The terrain is moderate, with
Crested Butte - Big, open and
uncrowded, Crested Butte is a Great Colorado Ski Town and a true winter
paradise. Skiers and snowboarders will revel on the Mountain’s thousand
plus acres of terrain ranging from beginner groomers to extreme gladed
steeps. Fifteen chair lifts service 2,700 feet of vertical relief. The
terrain park and new Superpipe offer innovative options for aspiring and
Winter Park -
This listing of the
Top Ski Resorts in
the United States is constantly being revised. So, if you feel we are missing
one, please email
us and let us