Map of Ski Resorts in North America
This is an interactive map of Ski Resorts in North America. It shows the Location, Name, and Websites of Ski Resorts. Larger circles represent a higher descent. Downhill Runs are represented with blue circles, and Nordic Runs with violet rings. Zoom out to see Alaska. Zoom in for more details. Scroll down for more information
Ski Resorts Map
This map includes skiing resorts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Higher descent is the difference between the highest and the lowest point in the resort. It does not necessarily mean that a run has that height difference. The descent might be shared by several runs. But remember, the higher you go, the harder it is to breathe!
Downhill Runs are for Downhill Skiing or Alpine Skiing. Alpine skiing is the sport of sliding down a snow covered hill on skis with a fixed heel binding on the skis.
Cross Country or Nordic skiing is done on a Nordic Runs. These are flat runs, and great for some cardio. This form of skiing is more beginner friendly, and originates in Norway. The skis are attached to the tip or front of the foot, not the heel.
Popular Ski Resorts in the USA
To find the most sought after ski resorts in the U.S. I used Google Trends. I searched for the most related topics to "ski resorts", in the last 5 years. These are trends in the USA, therefore it shows only results in the U.S.
All the resorts have a nearby village or town. Some are modern and others were there before the resort.
All locations offer summer activities and recreation. Most locations open winter activities in November.
All of the popular resorts are West of the Mississippi River.
The runs are classified according to difficulty. Many of them were obtained from Ski Resort Info. The difficulty is represented in percentages. Green represents easy, Blue intermediate and Black Difficult.
Heavenly Mountain Resort, California
- Heavenly gets on average 360 inches (914cm) of snowfall per year
- On average it has 300 sunny days
- 18% Easy   39% Intermediate   43% Difficult
Located Northeast of Sacramento, in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Heavenly Mountain Resort has 4,800 skiable acres, and 10,067 feet in elevation (3,068 meters).
Because it is right next to Lake Tahoe, it has incredible and unique scenery that includes the blue sapphire waters of the lake.
The area offers 34 miles of wide-open, groomed cruisers, and the most outrageous tree skiing in North America.
At the base of Heavenly Mountain, is Heavenly Village, where you can explore the local Craft beer, restaurants, shopping, and a vibrant live music scene.
- Average snowfall is 353 in (889cm).
- 300 days of sun
- 18% Easy   39% Intermediate   43% Difficult
Breckenridge is located just southwest of Denver. It is surrounded by 5 peaks, 187 trails, 2,908 acres and the highest lift-served terrain in North America, the perfect setting for a ski vacation.
The center of the resort and most of its history, is in peak 8.
Peak 9 harbors the most gentle and flat terrain, ideal for beginners, but it also has the steepest slopes, for experienced skiers.
The town of Breckenridge, Colorado is a charming town with history, that started in 1850 during the Gold Rush. Today is a modern town with Victorian architecture, and rich culture.
Breck, as the locals call it, is home to the highest chairlift in North America.
Nearby is Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. This preserve has trees, grasslands, wetlands, moose, mountain lions, bald eagles, the boreal toad, and foxes. Source: Breckenridge
Brighton Resort, Utah
- Average 500 in (1,270cm) snow per winter
- 246 sunny days on average
- 15% Easy   27% Intermediate   58% Difficult
Located at the top of Cottonwood Canyon, and close enough to downtown Salt Lake City, you can get public bus transportation to get to the resort.
Because of its location it gets lots of winter storms, and the snow is usually dry and fluffy, ideal for skiers.
With 1,050 acres, Brighton is renowned for its ski and snowboard school.
An advantage is that all of the terrain can be accessed by high speed quads.
The resort offers night skiing, and there are over 200 acres with artificial light! Source: Brighton
- Average 547 in (1,389cm) of snow during winter
- 225 Sunny days on average
- 15% Easy   30% Intermediate   55% Difficult
Alta is located east of Salt Lake city, and is renowned for its steep and deep powder skiing.
Besides regular skiers and learners, Alta is also known for its racing, snowcat skiing, heli-skiing, and guided backcountry tours.
Alta does not allow snowboarding on its slopes.
The area was left barren by silver mining in the 1800s. By the 1940's the Forest service was looking for ways to create jobs, while revegetating the barren Wasatch Mountains.
The Forest service noticed the deep snow and called a famous Norwegian skier to determine the areas potential. This is how this ski site was born.
Given its surroundings, you can ski with a ranger and get informative naturalist tours. These include birding on skis, explore aspen groves, or follow animal droppings to learn more about local wildlife.
If you visit Alta during the summer, you will find the other side of the resort. Then, you can see the sub-alpine species that include among others, moose and wildflowers. Source: Alta.
- Average Annual Snowfall is 235 in (597cm)
- 245 average sunny days
- 12% Easy   39% Intermediate   49% Difficult
Keystone is located just west of Denver, Colorado. It has 3,148 acres of skiable area, and 128 trails.
Keystone stretches 7 miles along the Snake River, over 3 mountains, with 3 vibrant villages and plenty of shops, stores, and bars to choose from.
The 3 peaks of Keystone are Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback. It also offers the bowls which provide skiers and riders incredible skiing terrain. (A bowl is a type of terrain that resembles a giant bowl).
Keystone has activities on and off the mountain, which include tubing, ice skating in Keystone lake, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, cat skiing, and family friendly trails.
Keystone also has environmental commitments providing natural guided walks. Keystone Resort".
- Average snowfall is 189 in (480cm)
- 247 sunny days a year
- 24% Easy   36% Intermediate   40% Difficult
Also located west of Denver, and with 5,317 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the world!
Vail has 31 lifts, 2 gondolas, 193 trails and 7 Bowls!
Vail has runs with Moguls. Mogul skiing is a freestyle skiing on a steep, heavily moguled (large bump) course.
Vail also has a variety of runs to ski between the Aspens and open meadows, with stunning 360 views of the area’s surrounding peaks.
Vail Resorts operates on National Forest System lands under special use permit to the White River National Forest.
Vail has so many options it is almost hard to pick what to do.
Vail's villages are perfect for a stroll with your family after a day of skiing. This area has the country's largest free transportation system. Source: Vail
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Average yearly snowfall is 314 inches (797cm)
- 242 sunny days a year
- 14% Easy   42% Intermediate   44% Difficult
Located Northwest of Denver, Steamboat offers 2,965 acres of ski area, 169 trails and 18 lifts to access the runs.
Steamboat is famous for its "Champagne Powder Snow". This phrase was coined by a local who said the snow tickled his nose like champagne.
Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range, it includes: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak.
Steamboat offers opportunities for scenic gondola rides, night skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobile tours, photography tours, tubing, ice skating, and mountain tours.
Steamboat is also known for producing the most Olympic winners in North America, with a record of 95 medal winners!
Steamboat Springs was founded in 1900 and is home to year-round recreation and activities, plus a historic downtown with a great business sector.
Besides winter activities, Steamboat Springs is also known for its geothermal hot springs. They are known for having therapeutic properties. The hot springs also have pools, for those wanting to bathe in its waters. Steamboat.
Park City, Utah
- Average snowfall is 355 inches (901cm)
- 229 days of sunlight
- 8% Easy   42% Intermediate   50% Difficult
Park City is located west of Salt Lake City and has over 7,300 skiable acres, 13 bowls, 8 terrain parks, 1 half pipe, and more than 330 trails.
Park City is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States.
Park City was incorporated in 1884, attracting adventurers thanks to the mountains abundant silver. After the town decayed in the 1930's it has come back with what is called "The Greatest Snow on Earth".
64 of Park City's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Besides hosting the 2002 Olympic Games, the town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, which occurs every year at the end of January.
To reach downtown you can ski into historic Main street. To go back you can just hop on the Town Lift and go back up to the resort! Source: Park City.
Sunrise Park, Arizona
- Average Snow fall is 250 inches (635cm)
- 33% Easy   13% Intermediate   53% Difficult
Located Northeast of Phoenix, this resort offers among other winter activities: skiing, snowboarding, and ski bikes.
In a few words the resorts has 1200 acres, 3 mountains, 65 trails, and 6 lifts. Source: Sunrise Park
Why are Ski Resorts Dwindling?
Unfortunately the peak of ski resorts was in the early 2000's. Since then their number in the U.S. has decreased. There are different factors that seem to be affecting their numbers.
Baby boomers were the biggest visitors of these sites. They are not being replaced millennials, the next largest demographic.
Skiing and snowboarding are expensive sports. The outfits and gear are costly. So is a ride on a gondola or ski lift. It can be around to $150.
The locations are also expensive. Workers are seasonal, and housing in these areas are usually expensive. Not just because location is prime, but construction on slopes is not cheap.
Finally, Climate Change. As the climate changes snow is less even, or falls in smaller quantities. The ski season keeps decreasing every year.
Resources for Ski Resorts in North America Map
The ski resorts data, names, location, run type and elevation was downloaded from Skimap.org.
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