best ski resorts America

Hit the Slopes this Winter: Best Ski Resorts in America Revealed

Keen to hit the slopes this winter? This brand new index of the best ski resorts in America will be your ultimate guide.

Koala analysed over 450 ski resorts across the US on factors such as annual snowfall, cost of a ski pass and review ratings to create a ranking of the best resorts in the country, whether you’re a pro on the slopes or a complete novice.

Can’t decide where to go skiing in the US? This will help you make your mind up for sure. So, if you want big, big, big, head to Utah. Park City, Utah is not only ranked the best ski resort in the US, it is also the largest with 820,010 feet of runs and 39 ski lifts within the resort.

For a cheap ski vacation, visit Lost Trail Powder Mountain in Montana. Out of the top 100 resorts, Lost Trail Powder Mountain is the most affordable ski resort in America. A day ski pass costs only $46. A great deal when considering the most expensive ski resort in the US – Vail, Colorado – charges $219 for a day pass.

Read on to see the top seven ski resorts in the United States…

Best Ski Resorts in America

1. Park City in Utah

Park City is mentioned in the highest number of Instagram posts – 1.1 million of them to be exact – making it the most insta-worthy skiing destination in the US!

2. Vail in Colorado

As the most expensive ski resort in the US, it is no surprise that Vail in Colorado is the best-reviewed ski resort in America when taking into account factors such as the variety of runs, slope preparation, and apres-ski offering.

3. Winter Park Resort in Colorado

The skiing and boarding on Winter Park Resort’s 3,000 acres is diverse enough to please everyone from beginners to expert.

4. Breckenridge in Colorado

With 5 peaks, 2,908 skiable acres, 187 trails, four terrain parks and the tallest chairlift in North America,  it’s no wonder Breckenridge is so popular.

5. Big Sky Resort in Montana

Big Sky Resort certainly lives up to its name: an average of 400 inches of powder fall on 5,850+ skiable acres and 4,350 vertical feet.  Ski lift lines are none existent, so you can spend your time enjoying the slopes instead.

best ski resorts America

6. Jacksonhole in Wyoming

Jacksonhole, Wyoming is America’s snowiest ski resort! 1,152cm of snow fell in 2019/20, which were some of the snowiest conditions the resort has ever experienced.

best ski resorts America

7. Snowmass in Colorado

Yet another stellar ski resort in Colorado. 20 speedy lifts (but rarely lift lines) deliver you to more than 3,300 acres of snowsports activities, including 98 trails. Plus, Since 95% of Snowmass lodging is ski-in/ski-out, you won’t waste time getting to the slopes!

best ski resorts America

Commenting on the findings, Mike Kennedy, Cofounder and CEO at KOALA said:

“I can definitely see why Park City is the best ski resort in America. As America’s largest ski resort, it boasts 348 of trails and over 7,300 skiable acres, meaning you’ll never get bored! Not only home to world-class skiing and snowboarding, the village’s lively main street is renowned for its après-ski, with nightly live music and dancing. For those looking for alternative winter activities, the resort offers unique entertainment such as zip-lining and even a mountain roller coaster, which all the family are guaranteed to enjoy.

“It is no surprise that six out of the top ten ski resorts are located in Colorado, one of America’s most famous states for skiing and snowboarding. Home to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado offers stunning views of rugged, snow-covered mountains reaching above 14,000 feet. The American Rockies provide the most epic runs in the US and the dry fluffy snow is some of the best in the world, particularly for beginners. If skiing isn’t for you there is a vast array of alternative winter activities available throughout the Coloradan resorts, from snow tubing to sleigh rides.”

best ski resorts America

To view the full list of America’s best ski resorts, see here.   

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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