The Rocky Mountains stretch from Canada, all the way down to New Mexico, creating a vast range of mountain ranges and therefore ski resorts across Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. These ski resorts will not disappoint offering big mountains, large areas of varied terrain, and dry snow conditions. For international skiers and snowboarders looking for a well-rounded snow experience, this area is a ski dream.
The Sierra Nevada range crossing California and Nevada houses peaks soaring high from the desert and sea level cities below. The Sierras are home to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America with a depth of over 500m, this spectacular freshwater lake provides an incredible view from the slopes of the surrounding resorts.
While 37 of the 50 States have ski resorts, it is the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and California that delivers the goods for international visitors. The resorts on the East Coast resorts are mostly enjoyed by locals on day trips or small vacations, whereas the resorts of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, California & Nevada boast the highest altitude, and snowfall conditions worth travelling the world for. Most of all, these destinations offer a commercially developed resort base, with on snow accommodation, lift ticket and ski school services, retail and dining, all of which is essential to us long haul travellers from the Southern Hemisphere. California is the most accessible state from Australia with direct flights into LA and San Fran which make ski resorts like Mammoth
and Squaw Valley
easiest to get too. found buried under meters of snow.
Colorado offers a wide variety of ski resorts, all with their own individual charm and character. Ski resorts closest to Denver such as Winter Park
will see the highest number of day trip visitors and can therefore be busy over the weekends all winter long. If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, get as far from Denver as you can, like Telluride
or Crested Butte
. No matter where you choose, each Colorado’s ski resorts high altitude results in dry snow, steep terrain and big mountain riding. Perhaps the most internationally recognised resort town in Colorado would be Aspen
, this vibrant town is an excellent place to base yourself if you want to ski Aspen Mountain
also known as Ajax, Snowmass, Buttermilk
or Aspen Highlands
. Aspen is known internationally for its amazing food, shopping, celebrity spotting and pumping après scene.
Utah’s famous Greatest Snow on Earth delivers light dry powder snow to the peaks and canyons of this vast and varied terrain. The typical red soil and rock of Utah often peek through the snow-covered peaks. Salt Lake City Airport makes accessing the ski resorts convenient and easy – only taking an hour or two to get to most of the resorts in Utah. Utah is home to the last few resorts in the US that do not allow snowboarding such as Deer Valley
– so make sure you let us know if you’re a skier or snowboarder before you book! Some of Utah’s other popular ski resorts include, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude
Head north to Wyoming and experience expert terrain at Jackson Hole.
Famous for its steep shuts, fluffy powder and expert runs like infamous Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole is not for the faint hearted!