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


USA It has been a quieter week for much of the US with not much fresh snowfall reported since the weekend. Some of the most significant snowfalls have been in the southwestern corner of the country with Taos Ski Valley (99/117cm) in New Mexico reporting 28cm (11 inches) since Saturday.

There was also good news in the East where states south of the North-Eastern corner that had been suffering from unseasonably warm temperatures saw the mercury drop and fresh snow arrive, dramatically improving conditions in states like North Carolina. Whitetail Resort (56/66cm) in Pennsylvania posted another of the larger snowfalls of the past few days with 18cm (7 inches) in the last 72 hours. The deepest base in North America continues to be, as it so often is, at Mt. Baker (295/345cm) in Washington State in the North-western US although there's been no fresh snow there so far this week.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in USA - Colorado. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. Powder is reported at 7 resorts and 11 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for USA - Colorado

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Best powder (7)Best piste conditions (11)

Ski resorts of USA - Colorado, alphabetically

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

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report today

137
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 14 cm
2 days ago
13
10
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3632 m
2100m 800m 1150m 1450m 1400m

(2421m — 3417m)

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Aspen webcam
102
45
Packed powder or groomed snow 20 cm
2 days ago
12
9
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2919 m
1950m 700m 1100m 1350m 1450m

(2450m — 3558m)

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Aspen Highlands webcam
163
70
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
2 days ago
13
9
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 3004 m
1950m 700m 1100m 1400m 1450m

(2255m — 3487m)

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Beaver Creek webcam
104
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 30 cm
2 days ago
19
24
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2871 m
1950m 600m 850m 1300m 1150m

(2925m — 3913m)

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Breckenridge webcam
135
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 14 cm
2 days ago
14
15
4
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3419 m
2050m 800m 1150m 1400m 1350m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report today

74
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 17 cm
2 days ago
12
8
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2708 m
1950m 700m 1100m 1350m 1450m

(2959m — 3752m)

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Copper Mountain webcam
117
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 20 cm
2 days ago
15
19
6
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3356 m
2050m 650m 950m 1350m 1300m

(2685m — 3618m)

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147
147
Powder 42 cm
2 days ago
20
11
2
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3152 m
1900m 700m 950m 1450m 1450m

(2818m — 3294m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
10
3
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3056 m
2250m 1200m 1500m 1850m 1850m

(2679m — 3297m)

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135
119
Powder 7 cm
3 days ago
4
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2988 m
2000m 1650m 1600m 1950m 1900m

(3139m — 3353m)

snow report today

91
48
Machine Groomed 1 cm
5 days ago
11
3
2
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 3246 m
2250m 1050m 1550m 1750m 1750m

(2804m — 3231m)

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74
74
Machine Groomed 1 cm
5 days ago
12
6
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3018 m
2200m 950m 1350m 1700m 1600m

(2493m — 2706m)

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76
76
Powder 11 cm
3 days ago
8
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2600 m
1900m 1500m 1600m 1950m 1950m

(2041m — 2175m)

snow report 2 days ago

17 cm
2 days ago
12
15
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2108 m
1850m 500m 800m 1450m 1350m

(3109m — 3749m)

snow report 2 days ago

40 cm
2 days ago
17
9
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3429 m
1850m 700m 950m 1450m 1450m

(2926m — 3048m)

snow report 2 days ago

23 cm
2 days ago
14
4
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2987 m
1850m 1000m 1500m 1700m 1850m

(2764m — 3717m)

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Keystone webcam
104
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 15 cm
2 days ago
14
16
4
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3240 m
2100m 800m 1000m 1450m 1350m

(3231m — 3871m)

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132
55
Packed powder or groomed snow 17 cm
2 days ago
14
13
4
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3551 m
2100m 750m 950m 1450m 1350m

(3289m — 3645m)

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142
142
Packed Powder 8 cm
2 days ago
4
2
1
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3467 m
1900m 1000m 1050m 1450m 1350m

(2499m — 3002m)

snow report today

109
109
Packed Powder 24 cm
2 days ago
23
4
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2750 m
1800m 1050m 1300m 1700m 1700m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report 2 days ago

23 cm
2 days ago
15
1
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2988 m
1900m 1200m 1600m 1800m 1900m

(3170m — 4054m)

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254
147
Powder 28 cm
2 days ago
15
4
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3612 m
1900m 1000m 1500m 1700m 1850m

(3200m — 3567m)

snow report today

152
114
Packed Powder 18 cm
2 days ago
13
14
4
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3384 m
2050m 700m 1200m 1350m 1400m

(2469m — 3812m)

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140
45
Packed powder or groomed snow 23 cm
2 days ago
14
8
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 3140 m
1900m 700m 1100m 1400m 1450m

(2500m — 2805m)

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69
69
Packed Powder 20 cm
2 days ago
14
13
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2652 m
1950m 550m 850m 1450m 1250m

(2102m — 3220m)

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185
147
Powder 29 cm
2 days ago
20
22
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2661 m
1850m 500m 800m 1450m 1300m

(2403m — 3015m)

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107
91
Machine Groomed 14 cm
2 days ago
15
7
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2709 m
1850m 950m 1100m 1500m 1450m

(2659m — 3831m)

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Telluride webcam
137
55
Packed powder or groomed snow 30 cm
2 days ago
15
4
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3245 m
1900m 900m 1450m 1650m 1850m

(2474m — 3498m)

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Vail webcam
142
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 32 cm
2 days ago
20
26
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2986 m
2000m 600m 900m 1300m 1150m

(2742m — 3674m)

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114
102

Fresh

Fresh
17 cm
2 days ago
15
10
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3208 m
2100m 750m 1050m 1550m 1350m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report today

205
190

Excellent

Powder
7 cm
3 days ago
5
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3384 m
1900m 1550m 1500m 1900m 1850m