The best ski resorts in the United States, from luxurious in Colorado to deep in powder in Utah.
Ski vacations to the United States have returned to their pre-pandemic levels. Skiers shouldn’t be discouraged despite the pricey flights and unfavorable exchange rates that have made the experience more expensive overall than it used to be. Ski trips across the pond are spectacular.
These connected resorts are known as the powder capitals of the globe because of how frequently, abundantly, and light the snow is there.On their lengthy voyage across, clouds of moisture blown in from the far-off Pacific have dried out. The contents of them descend as talcum-like powder when they hit the mountains.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Pictures of daredevils jumping into Corbet’s Couloir, the resort’s most famous steep, help Jackson Hole Mountain Resort do a wonderful job of portraying a macho image. Normally, the only way to enter this tiny chute is by leaping two meters off a cornice and making a quick turn to avoid a rock. It features a 50-degree initial extreme pitch. The depth of the snow determines how challenging the jump will be and how brave you’ll need to be to attempt it.
The majority of the resorts on this list are excellent for intermediate skiers, but Heavenly is special. The ski resort and vacation destination of South Lake Tahoe are located on the Nevada and California borders. The town’s stateline serves as a crossroads, and the Nevada side of the roadway is lined with enormous casino hotels.
Breckenridge is the perfect starting point when you add beginner-friendly chairlifts and magic carpets in the nursery regions. With steeper slopes above the treeline, its 2,908 acres of slopes provide much to offer both intermediates and experts for the more seasoned members of a group.
Aspen rose to prominence as the world’s leading silver mining city in the 1880s. Decades of neglect later, the late 20th-century skiing boom helped Aspen’s historic district come back to life. It’s a pleasure to meander about here in the evenings, window shopping and taking in the bars and restaurants.
The way the purpose-made resort of Snowmass has been established, with lodging and Snowmass Village Mall, housing a tiny cluster of stores and restaurants, lining the home runs down, would even impress the French. At the base of the slopes, there is a Base Village area with more lodging, stores, bars, and restaurants. The majority of the hotels is ski-in/ski-out; some require a short walk to the snow.
Vail is a smart choice for mixed-ability groups because of its remarkable selection of runs, which are dispersed across the fourth-largest ski region in North America. The slopes are divided into three sections: the front face, which can be reached from downtown Vail by three main lifts, the Back Bowls, which are located over the front face’s ridge, and Blue Sky Basin, which is located further out.
Winter Park, Colorado
Even while Winter Park lacks the glitz of more well-known Colorado resorts like Breckenridge and Vail, family will still like it because there are no lift lines on weekdays (weekends tend to be busier due to visitors from nearby Denver). The variety of affordable lodging options at the lift base and the beginner-friendly amenities are also family-friendly.
The Californian mountain Mammoth
Mammoth offers slopes for skiers of all levels, but what really distinguishes this resort are its top-notch terrain parks. In total, there are 11 parks with more than 120 jib and rail elements, three halfpipes, and about 95 jumps spread across more than 100 acres of freestyle terrain. The parks range in difficulty from Main Park, where all the features are up to pro-rider quality, to beginner-friendly Disco and Wonderland. Every park is kept up to a very high standard.