Best U.S. States for Skiing

The Top Ten

1 Colorado Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

Nearly 30 of the best ski resorts in the world are located in the state with the best snow. Not only is there the most snow, there is the best quality powder, perfect for carving. Also, this terrain can only be found in Colorado's mountains.

Colorado is by far the best place to go skiing. There is so much snow, snow is on top of the highest peaks all year long. Great terrain and great altitude. I love Colorado

Great snow! Great terrain! Great weather! A few things that make skiing here great!

Lived and skied here for all my life, skiing in any other state just does not compare!

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2 Utah Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

Living in Utah, I've been skiing for a few times. Mostly in the major ski resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, etc. People call it a wannabe Colorado, but it seriously has such fresh powder, and it's cold enough that the ski resorts are still open, although it's April.

Best snow for sure. Skiing for me is about the snow and Alta, Snowbird, Powder Mountain, Brighton and Solitude get the most snow in the US. They are all in Utah.

The powder is perfect and there are tons of close resorts to choose from. And it's not the dry, course snow that you find in Colorado and the temp is just a bit warmer too

Best snow on earth! Don’t have to travel hours to the slopes, all the main cities are on a foothill of a ski slope

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3 Vermont Vermont

I suck the boobs a prostitute

Vermont offers the best skiing east of the Rockies and offers a different experience for those who wish to ski something different.

Killington! My home mountain


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4 New Hampshire New Hampshire

There is North Conway ski resort and the white mountains, the highest mountain in new england.

Cannon Mountain brought skiing to the US

Loon Mountain is lit

Loon mountain is AWESOME. They have LOTS of terrain pakrs

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5 California California

Most ski resorts in the world!

Expensive to get in but fun

Should be higher

Poopy di scoop

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6 Nevada Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Lots of great places to ski, though most are in northern Nevada in vicinity of I-80

7 Montana Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña.

Can't beat the snow of the rocky mountains. Skiing is just as good as Utah/Colorado, between Big Sky, Big Mountain, Bridger Bowl, Showdown, Discovery, Moonlight Basin, and countless other smaller mountains. Only difference is we don't have the tourism and lines of Utah/co (except at Big Sky on national holidays), so there is a much better small-town vibe and a closer skiing community.

Two Eastern states in front of Big Sky alone... you've got to be kidding!

The powder is deep and the peaks are steep! You can't beat the snow that dumps on the Big Sky!

Montana is ABSOLUTELY higher rank than New Hampshire and Nevada!

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8 New York New York

Lots of places to ski like in the Adirondacks or Catskills. Or in WNY like Holiday Valley or Kissing Bridge

9 Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.

What it should have a better rate then this!

Jackson hole and teton village are the bomb

10 New Mexico New Mexico

Has steep hills, long hills, it's perfect for skiing

This state is a great place for skiing because of it's mountains!

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The Contenders

11 Idaho Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Keep it secret! Even though Idaho does slaughter every other state when it comes to the combination of mountains and snow, its best left to the locals.

I mean, Sun Valley, Idaho is one of the first to have a chairlift.

One of the greatest places to ski... EVER! 2016-2017 was a great year!

Best kept hidden secret.

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12 Michigan Michigan

Michigan has some great mountains with different kids of terrains, should be higher

Should be number 15 at worst

Why is it below Florida

Over 40 ski areas, places like Bohemia and mont Ripley are as close as you can get to west coast skiing

13 Oregon Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

Oregon should be number 3 or 4 after Utah, cali, and Colorado. Oregon gets lots and lots of snow and there are some good resorts that have great terrain. Mt. Bachelor is in my opinion number 1. Mt. Hood meadows and timberline trailing behind.

Mt Hood Meadows is FANTASTIC!

Mt. Bachlor is literally the best

14 Washington Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

On the right day, it can be the best skiing in the country - you just have to get lucky with your timing. One day it could snow 30" inches in 24 hours, the next it could be pouring buckets of rain in your face.

With Stevens Pass, Mt. Baker Resort, and Crystal Mountain, I don't know how you could ever be upset with skiing in Washington state. With the Cascades running directly through the middle of the state and the high amount of precipitation, Washington proves that this state is meant for skiing.

I have skied in Colorado California Idaho Oregon and more and out of all of them I like Washington the best.

Cascade and Olympic mountains! Plenty of ski resorts and slopes.

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15 Maine Maine

Maine has Sugarloaf! It's one of the coldest states. - omegaxguy

The only place I've ever gone skiing so ya, go Maine!

Gunstock and I go to CVA it's a ski school and I'm from Colorado and I love Maine

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16 Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Wisconsin's hilly terrain makes for some fantastic small town slopes, and there are several hills within an hour of Milwaukee

Surprisingly nice state for skiing with many different hills all across the state

Great small hills, nice terrain parks, and growing business up north.

I live here

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17 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Larger mountains to the south, and colder, snowier ones to the north.

Many resorts populate the north Eastern part of PA, ranging from 1 hour to 2:45 hour away from Philadelphia, up the North East Extension. Not top tier, but still competes with NY in my opinion.

It's the best

18 Alaska Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. V 2 Comments
19 Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

Hawaii has tons of snow and has huge mountains of snow easily the best state for skiing and snow in general.

Water skiing does not count

Hawaii has beautiful ski slopes!


20 Arizona Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

Not the largest slopes in the country, but good if you live in-state.

Best snow in the country

21 North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Best state ever for skiing

22 Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.
23 Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

I know Colorado and other rockies states are the best for skiing but Minnesota has some nice downhill areas and very good cross country conditions

24 Florida Florida

Snow year round

Blizzard Beach has some of the best slopes in the country!

25 Texas Texas Texas is a state in the USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.
26 Missouri Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.
27 West Virginia West Virginia
28 Ohio Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
29 New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.
30 Louisiana Louisiana

All the swamps make it perfect!

31 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.
32 Kansas Kansas Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area.

How tf is Kansas even on this list?

33 South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.
34 Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. V 1 Comment
35 Maryland Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Appalachian Mountains carves through this state, in the western part of it.

36 North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889.
37 Virginia Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

This state has Shenandoah mountains, enough' said.

38 Mississippi Mississippi

Best snow out there
Cold enough for snow five days of the year better than anything else on this list can say

39 Illinois Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.
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