If you’ve had the itch to go skiing, there’s no shortage of skilling locations in the United States. Many picturesque cities are inviting. And, of course, these cities have plenty of snow during the winter (and other seasons as well!). Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned skier, there are so many options.
Are you uncertain where to ski first?
Take your skiing level into account. Usually, ski resorts offer ski slopes for all levels. But it’d still be a good idea to call ahead and ask or do some research online.
If the city is popular, it’s also best to book ahead of time. You may want to explore specific areas when you’re not skiing. So, keep that in mind as you’re deciding as well.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the top-rated cities where you can get your skiing fix in. Stock up on some snow gear because it’s time to hit the slopes!
1. Park City, Utah
Park City is a fantastic spot that includes many runs. The best time to visit Park City is from mid-November through mid-April.
When you go there for skiing, a lot depends on how much snow they get, so take that into account. If you’re advanced and want the best snow, the best months to ski are December to March.
A little tidbit about Park City is it was the host in the 2002 Winter Olympics. While you’re there, you might want to check out the Olympic Park!
A unique feature Park City offers half pipes which is a hit with snowboarders and skiers. Even if you’re not up for skiing on a halfpipe, make time to check it out. Watching skiers on a halfpipe is incredible!
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Once you get a glimpse of the Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, you’ll be in love with this area for life. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort receives around 450 inches of snow on its majestic mountains each year!
Jackson Hole has a reputation for having some of the most challenging skiing runs in the country. If you’re a skiing expert, this shouldn’t be an issue for you. You’ll love the vertical drops. Although, you should be careful on Corbet’s Couloir, which has some of the scariest slopes.
But don’t let its steep terrain scare you. Some resorts have slopes for beginners and intermediate skiers too.
Besides skiing, Jackson has incredible restaurants and shops to check out as well.
3. Denver, Colorado
Denver is a beautiful city in Colorado, and it has plenty of areas where you can ski! The three major resorts to ski at are Winter Park, Echo, and Eldora. If you’d like to ski during the spring, Arapahoe or A-Basin are both excellent options.
What’s nice about Denver is that they offer a variety of transportation options. There are shuttles, or you can drive to the resorts yourself.
4. Seattle, Washington
There’s no shortage of snow in Seattle. In the entire United States, they receive the most snowfall!
Seattle’s home mountain Snoqualmie Pass is a sight to behold. Not only does it offer great views, but it’s also ideal for going on skiing escapades. It has ski slopes for all levels.
If you’re interested in night skiing or going snow tubing with your family, those are options too!
Most ski resorts are only an hour or two away if you want to stay close to Seattle. It’s time to go on a skiing quest in this popular city!
5. Lake Tahoe, California
When you think of California, snow may not come to mind. But Lake Tahoe has an area known as Squaw Valley with more than 3,000 acres of land to ski on!
Besides Squaw Valley, there are many other areas near the lake where you can ski as well. One impressive run takes you through peaceful pine forests. Sounds fun and relaxing!
When you need a break from skiing, you can do some hiking and enjoy the incredible views. You can’t get enough of the beautiful sites at Lake Tahoe!
6. North Conway, New Hampshire
Venture to North Conway, New Hampshire, to get your skiing fix. There are six ski resorts close to New Hampshire, and they’re all worth learning more about.
For children, Cranmore Mountain offers kid-friendly skiing adventures, activities, and trails. Skiing and other experiences are perfect for all ages and levels.
Granite Backcountry Alliance has been working hard at creating a backcountry ski zone. They want to make their visitors’ skiing experience even better!
7. Big Sky, Montana
If you’re looking to go skiing year-round, then Big Sky is your city! Ideally, you have the option to travel there all year round. But still check the snow conditions before booking anything.
Big Sky offers seven terrain parks ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers alike.
To relax, head to Mountain Village, where you can visit a popular restaurant in town. If there’s time, travel to East Yellowstone that is only an hour away from Big Sky!
8. Portland, Oregon
Portland is another city that has almost year-round skiing. This eclectic and interesting town offers plenty of slopes to zip around on.
In Portland, the Timberline Lodge provides the most extended ski season in all North America!
If you’re looking for a challenge, Mt. Hood should do the trick with its 11,245 feet elevation. Just make sure you have enough experience, so you don’t get injured!
9. Waitsfield, Vermont
Journey to the east coast, where you’ll find plenty of ski slopes to conquer. Resorts Mad River Glen and Sugarbush have a good amount of snow to make your visit worthwhile.
The town of Waitsfield is quaint and was recently acknowledged as one of the most underrated ski towns in the US. So give this town some love and head to their neck of the woods!
If skiing works up an appetite (which I’m sure it will), grab some pizza at Blue Stone. Visitors rave about the pizza there!
Wow, there are so many cities in the United States that offer skiing. It’s hard to know where to start!
Even if you traverse to a well-known city like Park City now doesn’t mean you can’t check out other sites in the future. As you learned above — there’s no shortage of snow.
Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate, challenge yourself and have some fun. Skiing is an adventure you won’t soon forget!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Woodland Park with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Woodland Park the place to call home.