Ski Resorts in USA

Home to hundreds of ski resorts and serving up huge quantities of top quality powder, the US offers some of the best skiing in the world.


  • Tons of quality snowfall
  • Designated in-bound off-piste areas
  • Unlike Europe, the treeline goes up to the top of the mountain – allowing for tree skiing when the weather turns
  • Top-notch service complement the full resort experience here


  • Lift tickets are quite expensive compared to other countries
  • Resorts can get quite crowded
  • Lodging at resorts can be expensive

Getting there

  • Fly into Denver International Airport for ski resorts in Colorado, Salt Lake City International Airport for ski resorts in Utah and Reno-Tahoe International Airport for ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. These three regions stand out among the crowd but there are endless great options along the East Coast and on the West Coast.
  • Best way to resorts from the airport is by driving or taking a shuttle (where available). Most of the best ski resorts are far away from major international airports, with the exception of Utah. If you’re not a confident with driving in winter conditions, hop aboard a shuttle bus and leave the driving to someone else.

From iconic ski destinations to small hidden gems, the epic skiing options in the US are endless. Trying to pick out the top ski resorts can seem overwhelming, so we’ve teamed up with the locals to scout out the best ski resorts in the US. These mountains serve up the most incredible terrain the country has to offer. The villages are no different either, you’ll find the top-notch services, facilities and activities here with the exception of Telluride. Unlike Vail and Jackson Hole, Telluride has limited dining and lodging options, although we’re pretty sure the legendary skiing here will knock your socks off. In fact, it’s ranked number 1 in our list of the best ski resorts in Colorado.

If you’ve never skied the US, make it a priority to ski at these resorts. Along with the next-level terrain, you can experience the full resort experience that give these big names their well-deserved reputation. We’re talking top quality service US resorts are known for and villages packed with everything you’d ever need. Of course, as popular destinations, these resorts are on the expensive side and can draw quite a crowd.

Local favorites can be found across the country but we think these ones are the most underrated. They have a good mix of terrain, low-key vibes and fewer crowds that keep locals coming back time and time again. On the downside, these resorts may lack in the nightlife, lodging and dining department, but we’re sure any serious powderhound can look past that.

While the US has a seemingly endless list of family-friendly resorts, we’ve handpicked the ones we think sit above the rest. All these mountains offer diverse terrain that is more than suitable for skiing families of all abilities. Kid-friendly activities, exceptional ski schools, family-friendly vibes are just some of the many things you can except at these resorts. Best of all, they’re easy to reach with Northstar being just 40 minutes drive from the nearest international airport!

Best for BeginnersButtermilk
Best for IntermediatesSnowmass, Steamboat, Deer Valley, Park City
Best for Advanced and ExpertsJackson Hole, Snowbird, Alta
Best for All-rounderSquaw Valley – Alpine Meadows, Beaver Creek
Highest Summit ElevationBreckenridge
Highest number of runsPark City
Largest ski areaPark City
Highest number of liftsPark City