Best U.S. States for Skiing
Skiiers from all over the world know the names Aspen and Vail.
Utah had to host the Olympics just to get attention, yet people still know Aspen and Vail far more than they know Park City or Alta.
Colorado has 29 ski resorts vs Utah's 14, its resort towns are more immersive, and overall, CO deserves top spot.
Although to be fair, if it were the US and Canada, then British Columbia would give Colorado a run for its money.
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.
I have been to Utah, Colorado and in my home-state of Michigan. Nothing compares to the mountains of Colorado. The powdery snow is the best you'll find and the terrain is so much fun!
What a rush!
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
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.
Utah's snow is far superior to Colorado's. Colorado has done a fantastic job at marketing their state compared to Utah's. Utah gets the snow first, then the remainder dumps on Colorado. Not to mention, it hosted one of the most successful Olympics ever in 2002.
Utah has amazing snow and slopes. I have been skiing my whole life and by far Utah is the best place to ski! Definitely recommend Utah. A few of the best places are, Brian Head, Park City, and A LOT more!
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.
Vermont offers the best skiing east of the Rockies and offers a different experience for those who wish to ski something different.
Great wood trails, beautiful scenery, Good snow. Stowe and Jay great for tourists. mad river is affordable.
Bromley, Stratton, and Mount Snow are the ones I often go to. Really fun and amazing!
There is North Conway ski resort and the white mountains, the highest mountain in new england.
I live in North Conway. Close to skiing, the white mtns and basically all fun winter activities. This place is awesome!
Best skiing in the northeast.
Loon Mountain is lit
Richest state, probably richer than most of the states combined. Best weather, where else can you snowboard and surf all in the same day?
It's got Mammoth. What else do you need?
This should be one of the tops. and I strongly think that it should be on the tops NOW
Most ski resorts in the world!
Lots of great places to ski, though most are in northern Nevada in vicinity of I-80
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.
Rocky mountains are something else! Much less crowded than Colorado and in my opinion better snow. Plenty of small ski towns with terrific slopes, such as Whitefish.
The powder is deep and the peaks are steep! You can't beat the snow that dumps on the Big Sky!
Two Eastern states in front of Big Sky alone... you've got to be kidding!
Two Olympics at one town Lake Placid. Whiteface after it snows is best!
Lots of places to ski like in the Adirondacks or Catskills. Or in WNY like Holiday Valley or Kissing Bridge
What it should have a better rate then this!
Awesome state! 8 ski areas to choose from and the New Mexican Chile is the bomb! Red or Green?
This state is a great place for skiing because of it's mountains!
Big hills, few tourists.
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.
Got the mountains, got the snow; Idaho is the best ski state.
One of the greatest places to ski... EVER! 2016-2017 was a great year!
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.
I've shredded WA, CO, UT, ID, And OR. On a good day, Washington is the best. Any type of terrain you can ask for. Steep (like real steep), cliffs, trees, groomers, parks, backcountry, family, heli, etc. Gets the most snow (Mt Baker holds the world record and it's not that close) and the scenery is easily the best with Rainier, Adams, Baker, Goat Rocks, etc all stunningly visible. Everywhere else the terrain seems flatter and similar in every direction. That being said, there are plenty of days in western Washington were you may be skiing on ice or sometimes rain. Once you get to the Eastside though, Mt. Spokane, 49 degrees north and mission ridge, you do t have to deal with this and the snow is nearly as good as the Rockies.
Take this all with a grain of salt I was born and raised in Washington but I've traveled a ton and it's crazy how under rated the skiing is. That will change within the next couple of years as Seattle and Tacoma continue to explode and the parks expand.
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.
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.
I have skied in Colorado California Idaho Oregon and more and out of all of them I like Washington the best.
Only New York has more ski resorts than it on this side of the Mississippi
Why is it below Florida
Michigan has some great mountains with different kids of terrains, should be higher
Should be higher it has some nice spots and it has a lot of good snow and it's very cold
Maine has Sugarloaf! It's one of the coldest states.
The only place I've ever gone skiing so ya, go Maine!
Only real snow skiing on the east!
Should be at least top three. This list is absolute garbage if Alaska comes in at 16 and below New York and Vermont...come on!
I think that I can make a ski resort here and have people come here every year when it snows.
How is this not first? So much snow, no people!
Alaska actually has snow
Great small hills, nice terrain parks, and growing business up north.
Wisconsin has great ski hills in the winter!
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
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.
Larger mountains to the south, and colder, snowier ones to the north.
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
Not the largest slopes in the country, but good if you live in-state.
Best snow in the country