There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of skiing, and when you add in a top-notch resort to come home to, life doesn’t get much better. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best ski resorts in the US. You will be able to checkout some of the best ski spots all over the US, and hopefully find your next ski trip destination.
While this list definitely favors western destinations, we have also included several eastern ski resorts that will please the most particular skiers. Take a look through our list and if you have skied and stayed at one of our picks let us know what you thought of it below!
List of the Best Ski Resorts in the US
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
As the entryway to world famous Yellowstone Park, Jackson Hole boasts every amenity imaginable, as well as rugged and picturesque mountain scenery. While the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the preferred location for both skiers and snowboarders, other popular nearby locations include Snow King and Grand Targhee.
Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
A quaint European inspired village, the town of Stowe boasts 116 trails as well as over 300 annual inches of natural snowfall. Additionally, the town boasts two top-notch hotels, as well as a number of condos and townhomes. Other amenities of the Stowe Mountain Resort include golf, ski school, a spa and wellness center, and a children’s adventure center.
Vail Mountain Resort, Colorado
With over 5200 acres of skiable terrain, Vail Mountain is one of largest ski resorts in the world. Quality is just as present as quantity, however, with Vail acting as the US Ski Team’s early-season practice grounds and the 2015 location for the World Alpine Ski Championships. The village of Vail also offers superb service and amenities, like the impressive 100,000 square foot Arrabelle’s Rock Resorts Spa.
Taos Ski Valley, N.M
A no frills classic Southwest resort, Taos Ski Valley puts skiing first. Powder shots, sharp chutes, cornices, glades, and gentle slopes all make their way into the area terrain, making Taos a great resort for skiers of all levels.
Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts, Nevada
Lake Tahoe is not only gorgeous; it also has a number of ski resorts, mountains, lifts, and entertainment options to choose from. Add in the 400 plus inches of snow that pile up each year in the Tahoe area, and ski slopes like Heavenly, Squaw Valley, and Northstar become a skier’s paradise.
Keystone Resort, Colorado
Located just 50 minutes from Denver, Keystone Resort boasts one of the best ranked terrain parks (A51) in the country. The park also boasts the longest ski day in the state, with slopes open from 8:30am-8pm. Other attractions include AAA 4 Diamond rated restaurants, as well a luxury spa and a 5 acre skating rink.
Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
Situated at 9500 feet, the scenic village of Telluride features a number of world class resorts like The Peaks, Lumiere, and Hotel Madeline – all hotels with an emphasis on service and luxury. Telluride mountain terrain is just as varied – a little over half of the terrain is suitable for beginner or intermediate skiers, while popular trails like the See Forever trail are enjoyable for both beginners and experts.
Whiteface Lake Placid, New York
With the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, Whiteface Mountain just outside of Lake Placid, NY offers both challenging terrain and beginner to intermediate skiing. In fact, between the mountain’s 86 trails, 20% are suitable for beginners, while the remainder is rated intermediate to expert. The village of Lake Placid is also a two time Olympic Village location, and boasts a number of winter events and activities.
Snowmass Ski Resort and Village, Colorado
With great ski-in ski-out lodging, and a family friendly atmosphere, Snowmass has a lot going for it. Snowmass is not alone, however – there are three other nearby ski resorts, and one lift ticket provides access to both Snowmass and the adjoining resorts. Snowmass also has the longest vertical descent in the United States (4406 feet) and is only a short drive from the nightlife and action of Vail.
Alta Ski Resort, Utah
Located around 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, Alta boasts fantastic terrain and powder, as well relatively cheap lift tickets. When you get hungry from all the skiing on the slopes, Alta also offers two ski-in ski-out restaurants. Take note, however, Alta is for skiers only – snowboarding is not permitted at Alta.
Best Ski Resorts in the US Conclusion
Not only will these resorts provide some of the best skiing in the country, the views and atmosphere of the resorts are also second to none.
We wanted to do our best with this list to provide some different great options located across the country. That way there is no excuse for taking a trip to one based on location. Most are located out on the west coast, but there are still some really quality ski resorts located on the east coast as well.
Let us know how your ski trip went in the comments below, we would love to hear your feedback.