Skiing and Snowboarding in the USA

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Where to Ski and Snowboard in the United States

Man skiing though fresh snow while on backcountry ski tour
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You can find some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world in the United States. This includes the resorts of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Tahoe in the West, Vermont's Green Mountains and Maine's Sugarloaf in the East, and everything in between. You'll find that there are exceptional slopes all across the country.

The National Ski Areas Association, which keeps track of the nation's ski resorts, listed approximately 472 ski areas in the United States in its last count. This list of ski areas in the United States, containing links to information about more than 400 ski areas, is the most comprehensive list of alpine skiing resorts serviced by lifts.

02 of 04

Best Places to Ski and Snowboard in the Western United States

Cross country skiing in Cascade Mountains
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While ski areas can be found throughout the United States, the vast majority of world-class resorts are located in the Western United States, thanks to a surfeit of mountains and mountain ranges, such as the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Tetons, the Sierra Nevada, etc. Likewise, many of the USA's "brand name" ski resorts—Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Vail, Aspen, Park City—are located in the West and rank high on "World's Best" lists.

Top 20 Ski Resorts in the Western United States:

(in alphabetical order by state)

Almost all of the western states with ski resorts also have their own ski and snowboard-related tourism websites or dedicate some part of their main tourism literature to ski/snowboard tourism.

03 of 04

Best Places to Ski and Snowboard in the Eastern USA

Sugarloaf Ski Resort
Sugarloaf Ski Resort/Ethan Austin

Optimal slope conditions are less common in the Eastern United States. Skiers and snowboarders often remark that the pistes back East are less packed with powder and more likely icy. Nevertheless, there is a long history of skiing and snowboarding at many resorts on the East Coast. Ski resorts in New England are particularly favored by snow sports enthusiasts. In fact, 18 of 20 best East Coast ski resorts as rated by Ski Magazine are in New England, with eight of those in Vermont and six in New Hampshire.

Top 20 Ski Resorts in the Eastern United States:

(in alphabetical order by state)

Some of the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states with ski resorts also have their own ski- and snowboard-related tourism websites or dedicate some part of their main tourism literature to ski/snowboard tourism.

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Best Places to Ski and Snowboard in the Midwest

Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota
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The terrain in the Midwest and Plains states is generally flatter, therefore making this region more ideal for cross-country skiing rather than downhill skiing. Even though the Arctic winter weather conditions bring ample snow for skiing and snowboarding, truly alpine (downhill) ski experiences are harder to come by in the Midwest (as opposed to the West). Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are where you will find the best skiing and snowboarding in the Midwest.

Top 20 Ski Resorts in the Midwest United States:

(in alphabetical order by state)

As of this writing, only two Midwest states - Michigan and Wisconsin - dedicate some part of their main tourism literature to ski/snowboard tourism.

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