5 Best Ski Resorts in America That You Should Actually Visit
Updated: Sep 7
When you compare the best ski resorts in America to resorts in Europe or anywhere else, we are simply spoiled with exciting terrain, fantastic accommodations and excellent ski facilities in general. As you know, the best ski resorts are often defined by snowfall and some are more popular than others.
For example, the black diamond runs on this side of the world are unlike anywhere else in the world. What’s more, the lift systems are flawless and when it comes to safety, the slopes in North America are among the safest in the world. As if that’s not enough, the accommodations are luxurious but at the same time, there are options to suit every budget.
But which ski resorts are head and shoulders above the rest?
5 Best Ski Resorts in the America That You Should Actually Visit
As a rule, California and Colorado are two obvious choices for ski enthusiasts. However, Utah and Wyoming are equally impressive. Without further delay, here’s the top five ski resorts in America:
California: Squaw Valley Tahoe is a popular summer destination but for many people, the winter months and Squaw Valley in particular are especially alluring. Featuring six peaks and stunning lake views the resort is surrounded by no less than 4,000 acres of powdered terrain. Meanwhile, the lower elevation means that temperatures in the area are usually quite tame in comparison with most ski resorts. As you know, snowfall in California has been somewhat unpredictable in recent times but choosing the best time is usually enough to guarantee some powder. With this in mind, half of the resort is also facing north which means that the snowfall is preserved and the ski season can run right up until the end of May. And what happens if you get bored at Squaw Valley? Well, guests at Squaw Valley are also permitted to visit nearby Alpine Meadows free of charge. In fact, you can simply jump on a free shuttle bus at any time and end up on an entirely new ski resort with another 2,000 acres to explore!
Colorado: Telluride Although Aspen is probably the most popular ski resort in Colorado, Telluride is arguably the most impressive. After all, where else can novice skiers experience high alpine skiing in the US? Stretching out over 2,000 acres, Telluride consists of 148 separate trails and many mountains exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. Needless to say, you can expect a decent amount of snowfall at these heights with the area known to receive 300 inches on a regular basis. That being said, there is also a beautiful five-mile run for novices at 11,800 feet. So the resort is suitable for visitors regardless of their skill level. On the other hand, the wild chutes and steep descents on Palmyra Peak and Revelation Bowl are often the focus for those with a little more experience! As for the facilities, Telluride ski resort is located right next to the town where bars, restaurants and activities are available. At the same time, for a quieter experience, the mountain village is also an option and home to some truly impressive lodges.
Utah: Park City The popularity of Park City has reached new heights in recent years, mostly due to a merger with Canyons. In case you might be asking yourself, the two of these ski resorts were situated next to each other. When brought together, they formed into what is now one of the largest ski resorts in the United States. Impressively, the lift system at Park City runs for more than six miles from this historic Main Street in town. Furthermore, these lifts can also take visitors from the resort (Park City) all the way into Canyons on the other side. Due to the sheer size of the parks, powder is quite easy to find and a series of bump runs and chutes make the Canyons side of the resort especially fun. Another highlight of Park City is the very old school town. In other words, in spite of the luxurious lodging and facilities, Park City is very much an authentic ski town. Whether you opt for the comfort of Empire Canyon Lodge or something more humble at Treasure Mountain Inn, there is something here for everyone and every budget. And what’s the best thing about Park City? When you finish up for the day, you can ski all the way down to the nearby town!
Colorado: Vail As already mentioned, Aspen is not on the list but Vail is fast becoming one of the most sought after ski resorts in North America. Situated in the mountains next to a charming village, Vail features more than 5,000 acres and a wide range of hotels, restaurant and bars to choose from. As with the other ski towns on this list, accommodation varies but there is usually something for every budget. If you want consistent and near-perfect powder, both Sky Basin and China Bowl are the best example of what makes skiing at Vail so much fun. That is, the many bumps, steep slopes, and endless glades are a thrill to navigate and never fail to live up to expectations. But what about the snowfall at Vail? Well, Vail is used to receiving upward of 354 inches on a yearly basis. For this reason, you can be sure that powder is plentiful and with 5,254 acres, there is also just as much space. In fact, Vail is currently the largest ski resort in the state and my pick for your safest bet for skiing in Colorado.
Wyoming: Jackson Hole Few ski destination in the United States can match the immense snowfall in Jackson Hole. At more than 500 inches, this yearly figure is staggering and one reason why people favor the resort. That being said, Jackson Hole is also home to one of the best lift systems in North America and a terrain with fantastic bowls and chutes at every turn. With luscious pine trees, rolling hills and spectacular vistas, this is also one of the more scenic resorts in America. What must be known about Jackson Hole is that the extreme nature of this terrain makes it suitable to those with experience. For example, you will find one continuous run of over 4,000 feet, which is more than enough to feel intimidated. Also, the popularity of Jackson Hole also means that this can be a little more crowded than other ski resorts, which is certainly worth taking into consideration. Although slightly more quiet than the other towns in Colorado, both Teton Village and Jackson Hole are great places to stay. With the first of these located closer to the slopes, Teton Village is usually the first preference for those wanting to experience the slopes at Jackson Hole.
Needless to say, the above ski resorts are just a few of many throughout the United States. However, if you are like me, you value time away from work and want to be sure of picking the right one.
Either way, stay safe and enjoy the slopes!
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