10 Best Skiing Destinations in the US

Holiday season is finally here and this is one time of the year when you put aside everything else and have enough fun to keep you going till the holidays next year. This is almost like our way of recharging the senses and getting an overhaul that the human machine needs. One of the best ways to spend these jolly days would be to take a fun filled trip to a mountain clad in powdery snow, offering you great visual beauty and of course those awesome skiing slopes.

A great skiing resort is the perfect holiday both for the adventurous and the young at heart. Even if you are visiting as a family, there is still plenty of fun you can have on these slopes. Here is a collection of 10 simply awesome skiing destinations that the USA has to offer for you. Easy to travel to and spectacular to ski on, here are slopes that will lead you to a lifetime of memories.

Vail, Colorado

Ask anyone who is a pro and they will talk about Vail as a paradise for those who live to ski in vast acres of powdery snow. The magic of this amazing retreat in Colorado is that it offers something for everyone – from the gentle fun for the novice, to the jaw-dropping cliffs that will startle even the experts. Skiing is a huge industry in Vail so expect no shortage of fun, great accommodation and plenty of adrenaline.

Start planning today and check out these great Hotels in Vail.

Aspen, Colorado

If you are looking for a skiing resort that will test your skill, offer great slopes to practice new maneuvers and will prepare you for the next winter ‘X-Games’, then Aspen is pretty much the place to be. Aspen’s Snowmass sports eight terrain parks, four halfpipes and over 300 marked trails from more than 40 lifts. In short, it is a professional skier’s nirvana! Of course, for the faint of hearts, Aspen has a great nightlife, too, and can really show you a good time even without hitting the slopes as a pro.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The location of Jackson Hole makes it a great skiing spot as it stands right next to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The locals here are so good at skiing that even the so-called skiing experts come here and find out what their real skill level is! Skiing is much more than a sport when you hit the slopes at Jackson Hole, with the place being an absolute Mecca for professionals, much like Aspen. Theres plenty of hotel options in Jackson Hole for all types of travelers just take your pick.

Park City, Utah

Conveniently located 45-minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, this is one skiing resort which offers you complete comfort and perfect transportation. Of course, the powdery snow that is accumulated on these slopes does not hurt the reputation much either as these slopes turn into tourist-filled practice fields, where young and old alike, come every holiday season.

Heavenly, California

It might sound a bit ironic for those who do not know that California also has great skiing slopes on one edge of the state. The stunning resort of Heavenly is less than an hour away from the Reno airport, close to the Nevada border at the south end of Lake Tahoe. Apart from all the snow, slopes, and skiing, California keeps up its tradition with big game casinos and jazz stars all packed on either side of these amazing slopes. Even if it’s skiing, in California it comes with entertainment.

Sun Valley, Idaho

For those who respect tradition, Sun Valley is the first skiing resort to open in the US and it dates back to December 1, 1936. Full of action, with plenty of snow, great slopes and lots of sports that go way beyond just skiing, Sun Valley also has spas and a golf course for those still hesitant to ride downhill. But if you are there, then it is the snowy slopes that you need to be sliding on.

Snowbird, Utah

Based in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake County, these great slopes are located in a region that is unarguably rated as the single best skiing spot in USA. Skiing in Snowbird is all about living it up the old fashioned way. Plenty of snow along with very few snowboarders means that this is all about hitting the slopes with skis on, in a way that brings back the 80′s.

Stowe, Vermont

A well kept secret, Stowe, Vermont might not really grab the attention of those avid skiers. That is what makes Stowe the little-known heaven for skiing enthusiasts. There is plenty of what is being dubbed as freestyle terrain and if you plan a trip to Stowe, then you will enjoy it without needing to share much space with others. Better hurry up as Stowe is really getting popular as a top skiing resort.

Winter Park, Colorado

By this point you would have pretty much understood that if skiing is what you want to do this holiday season and you are really crazy about it, then Colorado is your down right best bet. Winter Park is yet another resort in Colorado that offers great snow-filled slopes along with plenty of fun and a wonderful space for luxurious holidays. Cross-country skiers will find plenty of ski areas, all with generally excellent snow and a total of over 125 miles of well groomed trails. Another skiing gem in the heart of Colorado.

Squaw Valley, California

Six different peaks and great weather make Squaw Valley one of the best skiing spots in all of US for the sheer pleasure of riding the snowy slopes under clear weather and even good sunshine. The resort will not be your typical skiing destination with plenty of damp weather as this will be a snowy Christmas with a bit of sunshine as well. Another California special.

No matter which of those slopes you chose to slide down come the merry time, make sure you have all the gear in place and know what you are doing. Happy Skiing Holidays!

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39 Comments for "10 Best Skiing Destinations in the US"

J. Smith says on December 4th, 2008 at 5:04 pm:

Worth checking out if you’re into heli skiing- Ruby Mountain Helicopter Experience. Also Squaw Valley, CA is much better than Heavenly. And Copper Mountain, CO is pretty fun as well. Regardless if you’re looking for a heli trip that is close to home (Ruby Mountains, NV) and worth the trip, check out Ruby Mountain.

Nepal Trekking says on December 9th, 2008 at 10:23 am:

Wow! awesome skiing slopes will have lots of fun

janet baines says on December 11th, 2008 at 10:09 am:

Definately agree with the comments on Vail. Skied there for about 7 years in a row, fantastic. Stayed at The Roost Lodge situated on the main highway a few times – comfortable and friendly. Made a good friend out of one of the staff who is a fantastic skier and took us out into “the backwoods” skiing. Virgin snow and very few people out skiing in that area. Must ski The Minturn Mile – fantastic on a good day. The Inn at Vail, fab rooms, lovely buffet breakfasts. Jackson Hole – great little resort. Heavenly, Calif – didn’t like this too much. Did all the ski resorts round Tahoe, not too impressed though snow was good.

Gabriel says on December 12th, 2008 at 1:08 pm:

Missing one, while I agree your list is fairly accurate, I am pained to see that Alyeska Ski Resort in Alaska is not mentioned, definitely some of the best back country skiing I have ever found short of heli-skiing in the Chugiak Mountains. It also has a great resort right at the bottom of one of the groomed runs. Speaking of groomed runs, it has a fair amount of nicely maintained and enjoyable slopes, ranging through the entire spectrum of difficulty. Yet the thing that sets this apart from the rest in my mind is the back country that is accessible.

Mark says on December 12th, 2008 at 1:55 pm:

But what about………. Never mind I’d rather you just stay away.

snowbunny says on December 12th, 2008 at 1:59 pm:

Snowbird is one of my all time favorites!

Dtown says on December 12th, 2008 at 3:06 pm:

I’ve skied most of the Colorado slopes and they are definitely a great time, where is Crested Butte or Durango on this list??? Jackson is one of my all time top two mountains to shred, but Brighton Utah will remain my number one, a relaxed “go where ever you want” atmosphere and a ridiculous amount of snow year after year. Great guide for holiday get-a-ways.

Greg says on December 12th, 2008 at 3:19 pm:

stowe Vt. is not hidden, it is expensive and a poorly set up Mountain with lots of hiking to lifts involved. go to Jay Peak or Sugar Bush if you are in northern VT

Russ says on December 12th, 2008 at 3:46 pm:

Alta is an even better kept secret than Snowbird, and it’s 4 miles up the canyon from the Bird. It’s one of only 4 ski resorts in the country that is still skiier only.

Kiki says on December 12th, 2008 at 4:38 pm:

what about jay peak, vermont?!?!

lynstly says on December 12th, 2008 at 4:59 pm:

Big Sky, Montana is awesome, with the addition of Moonlight Basin on the other side of the Lone Peak, it’s one of the biggest (by acreage and vertical) Ski areas in America. Another one missing from the list in my opinion is Alta, Utah… just up the road from Snowbird, in my opinion the snow and runs are top notch, as far as I know they still don’t allow snowboards but hey, that’s probably why the snow is better.

powderhound says on December 12th, 2008 at 7:25 pm:

wow worst guide ever? you put Park City before Snowbird? you leave out Alta and Big Sky? Seriously I’m surprised Park City is on there at all when you have Breckenridge and Alta. Keep skiing man, the list needs improvement

MIKE says on December 12th, 2008 at 7:33 pm:


BoggyWoggy says on December 13th, 2008 at 12:47 am:

Don’t forget Mt. Bachelor ski area in Bend, Oregon!

Banfill says on December 13th, 2008 at 4:59 am:

Also, a good place for some really good Heli-boarding/skiing is the North Cascade Mountains in Washington.

mthighforlife! says on December 13th, 2008 at 8:09 am:

go to Mountain high ski resort in SoCal! its the best resort ever! full of asians and noobs!

Apres Ski Bum says on December 16th, 2008 at 12:30 am:

Are you guys serious????, your leaving a few out I think…not sure how these made the top ten, although I agree with Jackson, Snowbird, Sun Valley, Aspen, (it should be WinterPark/MaryJane) but anyway, where the hell is Telluride? Crested Butte? Aspen Highlands?, Snowmass? ,Steamboat? Kirkwood?, Squaw? Get someone that can ski to rate these things!

imagol4 says on December 16th, 2008 at 4:30 am:

Good call Russ, Alta is a fair bit better than the ‘bird. Less people, skiers only, and waaaay cheaper to boot. Plus you still get that great Utah snow! And Big Sky should be here also. But, Heavenly?! I cannot believe that P.O.S. is on the list, seriously. And anywhere in Vermont just sucks, the “snow” is hardly worth the name. Stay away (although I will admit Sugar Bush is a decent layout, if they had better snow). And tree skiers will love Steamboat, best tree runs in the country, although I wouldn’t class it as “Top 10″. And Vail, umm, ehh, no. Not worthy of a Top 10, Crested Butte, Durango and Telluride are all better, and more affordable. (well maybe not Telluride…) Glad to see Jackson Hole on the list, I’d say it is the best ski destination in the country, but it’s not really for beginners or ‘casual skiers’, the terrain is difficult, and only a handful of novice and intermediate runs.

Rob says on December 16th, 2008 at 2:23 pm:

Alta not in top 10? Stowe is? Not possible!

Player Dog says on December 17th, 2008 at 12:39 am:

What about Silverton, CO???? and let’s not forget Mt. Baker, WA and Whistler/Blackcomb B.C. But how do you put them into a list….

syrhiz says on December 18th, 2008 at 3:00 am:

10 Best Skiing Destinations in the US!! thumbs up!!

gonkey says on December 18th, 2008 at 4:52 pm:

Heavenly is actually in both California and Nevada. Fun to see the “Welcome to Nevada” or “Welcome to California” while skiing!

sportsguy says on December 20th, 2008 at 1:10 am:

Whistler/Blackcomb for size and diversityhas to be included. Alta for the champagne powder, and Aspen/Snowmass for all around skiing AND fun. In my humble opinion of course.

NK says on December 23rd, 2008 at 1:39 am:

“Stowe a well kept secret?” “Better hurry up as Stowe is really getting popular as a top skiing resort.” ??????? Where have you been for the last 40 years?

Skisalot86 says on January 13th, 2009 at 3:45 am:

Worst ski guide I’ve seen… Vail is not very good unless they somehow get 2 feet of snow the day you go, and how can you leave out breakenridge aka the breckenfridge.. Don’t get me wrong, great picks, but “you” probably shouldn’t try to rank ski-resorts

john jordan says on January 22nd, 2009 at 6:22 am:

wow, really great spots for skiing..I have heard from colleagues that Whistler,BC is a great of place to ski too..

Mike says on February 20th, 2009 at 11:27 pm:

This list sucks. Colorado resorts such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Beavercreak, Crested Bute should be at top of most of these… Park City, Squah Valley, STOWE?? Really… I’ve lived in CO for 15 years, ride around 30-40 times a year. I’ve been to all of the resorts listed above and none impressed me that much. Jackson Hole is nice, and Heavenly(when the weather is good) other than that, I’d stay in CO.

elaine says on March 19th, 2009 at 3:18 am:

wow!! not bad!! very romantic i think

chris says on July 9th, 2009 at 7:41 am:

amazing skiing destinations!my favorite destination for skiing would be Colorado.Colorado is one of the leading spots in the United States for mountain vacation.nice post.thanks for sharing!!

me says on January 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 am:


keree says on February 16th, 2010 at 10:50 pm:

i really like mammoth mountain in california also. tons of snow pretty nice verticle

Tele marker says on February 28th, 2010 at 11:03 pm:

LOL Yeah, thats it – everybody head over to Stowe (and leave Alta all to me! Great pow, low crowds, and the best part is no snowboarders!) Been to all of the above except Idaho, Vermont/East coast is not even a consideration.

Kim Kally says on April 13th, 2010 at 3:39 pm:

I agree with keree, Mammoth Mountain is certainly has that good vertical. There are spots both for beginners and advanced skiers but definitely not as difficult as Jackson hole or Aspen. I’ve skied here for a couple of years but what makes me stay besides the great view from one resort there from juniper springs resort were the people. Great views from their sunset lodge and comfortable beds. There are times that I get there and there’s this big crowd but since the white there almost stays up until mid June or early July there would be plenty of time to stash up the times I missed.

John says on October 4th, 2010 at 10:51 pm:

Hate to break it to some of you, but Whistler/Blackcomb will never be a top 10 resort in the US. You’ll never find them on this list…ever.

kabukulator says on December 26th, 2010 at 8:09 pm:

Stowe? That selection smacks of paid publicity. I understand the need to give the east coast a nod but, to be honest, there are soooo many better places to ski on the west coast. It just doesn’t make sense.

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