Us Ski USA - Colorado

Welcome to the Ski USA page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the United States. Over recent years some of the best and consistent piste conditions have been reported at Aspen (Colorado), Alta (Utah), The Canyons (Utah), Winter Park (Colorado), Big Sky (Montana) and Jackson Hole (Wyoming). However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at a number of other North American resorts so keep an eye on the snow forecasts and reports if you are planning a last minute trip.

For off-piste powder, Alta, Aspen, Big Sky, The Canyons, Winter Park and Loveland have proven among the most consistent in the country over several seasons but check out the reports below for the latest news.

For big snowfalls and accumulated snow depths the Californian resorts of Squaw Valley and Mammoth feature strongly in the records as do the dry powder resorts of Solitude, Alta and Snowbird. Timberline in Oregon also has an enviable snow record.

With more than 500 ski areas spread across some 38 US states, America is one of the world’s leading ski nations, clocking up around 50 million skiers on the slopes each winter.

US ski resorts are spread right across the country from East Coast to West. There are also resorts in Alaska and it’s sometimes possible to ski in Hawaii on the slopes of 4205m high Mauna Kea, although there are no ski lifts there.

You’ll find a great diversity of terrain when you ski USA from the comparatively low lying mountains of New England and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia to the south, to smaller hills across the MidWestern prairies, to the Rocky Mountains and Sierras on the West. The Rockies stretch over a mile above sea level at resort height in some cases, resulting in almost half of the 20 highest ski lifts in the world being located in Colorado.

What’s common to this diverse selection of ski areas, which range from small private hills owned by schools and military bases to major international resorts like Aspen and Vail famed around the world, is a dedication to high service standards. When you’re skiing USA these include high quality on the slopes with well groomed, normally uncrowded slopes with uplift generally provided by chairlifts, gondolas or cable cars (known as trams in North America) rather than drag lifts. Indeed the chairlift, as well as the hot tub, are both American inventions credited to Sun Valley in Idaho.

Some ski areas in the USA date back the best part of a century. Most were established by pioneers, often on a shoestring budget with just a simple tow lift converted from a car, lorry or even motorbike engine. But decades of gradual growth have led many of these original small, simple set-ups to become major international resorts – Mammoth Mountain in California is a good example of this.

Others were set up by emigrants from the Alps, most famously Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire which was established with help from Austrian downhill ski technique pioneer Hannes Schneider from the Austrian Arlberg who arrived in the US having refused to join the Nazi propaganda machine when they took over Austria in the 1930s. During the Second World War he helped train the 10th Mountain Division of the U. S. Army, some veterans of which also became resort developers after the war.

Famous resorts like Vail, now the largest ski area in the US, were established later with strong European involvement. Other resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge were former 19th century mining settlements that found a new lease of life when ‘white gold’ was struck.

Along with growth on the mountains, the 1990s and first decade of the current century saw a boom in resort ‘real estate’ developments with hotels, condominiums, shops and restaurants created at the bases of ski slopes which in some cases had previously only had car parks. This period – which slowed dramatically from 2008 due to the global economic situation – led to an era of corporations taking over from individual families, and currently four or five large companies own and operate around 50 leading US resorts between them.

In Eastern North America snowmaking developed in the 1950s and rapidly became an essential requirement at most of the ski areas in the region, leading to it becoming known as “the snowmaking capital of the world.”

In the West of the country, which is best known for its destination resorts particularly in states like California, Utah and Colorado, a major selling point is abundant, deep powder snow which is the norm if not always guaranteed. One of the snowiest places on earth are Alaska and Washington State in the North West of the country where falls of up to 50 feet (16 metres) can be recorded in one winter, more than any other ski region on earth.

Criticisms of US skiing from some, when compared to Europe, is that ski areas are mostly smaller, lift tickets more expensive, spectacular scenery is rare and the resorts and slopes are too sanitised and bland at some of the most corporately run areas. The kind of family run, home-cooking small mountain hut is quite rare in the US where large cafeterias serving fast food are more common. However many of these ‘flaws’ for some are seen as assets by others, which when combined with the other points listed in this article combine to make the US ski experience the best on earth.

And despite the well groomed pistes, many resorts have built reputations for challenging off piste terrain, including Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Alyeska in Alaska and Squaw Valley in California.

The country’s positive attitude to children is also seen as an asset for families in most cases, with children praised for their efforts in nursery and ski school.

The US is also the home of snowboarding with Jake Burton inventing the sport in Vermont in the late 1970s. Stratton there has organised snowboarding contests longer than any other. However the country is also home to three resorts that still ban snowboarding: Alta and Deer Valley, both in Utah, and Mad River Glen in Vermont.
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USA - Colorado: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 29resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA - Colorado

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Best piste conditions (4)

Ski resorts of USA - Colorado, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
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on-piste
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off-piste
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last snow
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next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report yesterday

70
40
Packed 3 days ago
3
24
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 3632 m
2600m 2750m 2800m 2350m 1850m

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report yesterday

Aspen webcam
38
15
Artificial 3 days ago
6
31
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 2919 m
2750m 2850m 2600m 2250m 1800m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 18 days
7
33
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3004 m
2750m 2850m 2600m 2200m 1750m

(2255m — 3487m)

snow report yesterday

Beaver Creek webcam
46
20
Artificial 3 days ago
3
27
clear
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2871 m
2600m 2700m 2600m 2100m 1700m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report yesterday

Breckenridge webcam
69
40
Packed 3 days ago
2
29
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3419 m
2650m 2800m 2750m 2350m 1850m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 18 days
5
28
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 2708 m
2750m 2850m 2600m 2200m 1750m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report yesterday

Copper Mountain webcam
53
25
Artificial 8 days ago
3
30
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3356 m
2650m 2800m 2750m 2300m 1800m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report 2 days ago

Packed Powder 3 cm
2 days ago
11
50
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3152 m
2750m 2850m 2550m 2200m 1700m

(2818m — 3294m)

16
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 3056 m
2900m 3050m 2950m 2700m 2200m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report today

53
46
Packed Powder
3
4
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2988 m
2900m 3150m 2650m 2500m 2000m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report 2 days ago

27
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
heavy snow
Mid station 3246 m
2900m 3200m 3000m 2600m 1950m

(2804m — 3231m)

snow report today

51
51
22
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 3018 m
2650m 2850m 2850m 2450m 1900m

(2493m — 2706m)

snow report 2 days ago

4
7
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2600 m
2950m 3100m 2600m 2400m 1900m

(2041m — 2175m)

3
18
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2108 m
2150m 2500m 2350m 2100m 1550m

(3109m — 3749m)

12
43
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3429 m
2750m 2850m 2500m 2150m 1700m

(2926m — 3048m)

11
25
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2987 m
3000m 3050m 2600m 2300m 1700m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report yesterday

Keystone webcam
48
30
Packed 8 days ago
2
29
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 3240 m
2600m 2750m 2750m 2300m 1850m

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report yesterday

71
40
Packed 3 days ago
3
24
1
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 3551 m
2550m 2700m 2750m 2300m 1800m

(3289m — 3645m)

snow report today

41
41
2
19
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 3467 m
2800m 2900m 2750m 2400m 1850m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report 2 days ago

8
21
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2750 m
2700m 2850m 2450m 2200m 1600m

(2679m — 3297m)

10
20
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2988 m
3000m 3100m 2600m 2350m 1750m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report 2 days ago

14
32
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3612 m
3000m 3050m 2600m 2300m 1700m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report 2 days ago

76
46
4
28
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3384 m
2700m 2800m 2700m 2350m 1850m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 2 days
7
35
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3140 m
2700m 2850m 2550m 2200m 1750m

(2500m — 2805m)

snow report 2 days ago

3
18
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2652 m
2400m 2550m 2550m 2100m 1600m

(2102m — 3220m)

snow report 2 days ago

Packed Powder 3 cm
2 days ago
6
30
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2661 m
2150m 2500m 2350m 2100m 1500m

(2403m — 3015m)

snow report 2 days ago

3
13
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2709 m
2650m 2800m 2450m 2050m 1650m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report 2 days ago

Telluride webcam
opens in 2 days
13
27
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 3245 m
3000m 3050m 2550m 2300m 1700m

(2474m — 3498m)

snow report yesterday

Vail webcam
58
30
Packed 8 days ago
4
29
clear
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2986 m
2550m 2700m 2650m 2150m 1750m

(2742m — 3674m)

snow report yesterday

45
15
Artificial yesterday
2
23
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 3208 m
2500m 2650m 2700m 2250m 1800m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report yesterday

70
65

Good

Powder
8 days ago
4
6
clear
clear
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 3384 m
2750m 2900m 2500m 2300m 1750m