Best Ski Resorts In US

Telluride: Best US Ski Resort Overall
Park City: one of the best ski resorts in USA overall
Snowmass offers some of the best skiing in USA
Silverton: top US ski area for powder hounds
Powder Mountain Utah: the name says it all
Wolf Creek: a top US ski resort for powder skiing
Alta Utah wins lots of awards for Best Ski Resorts in US
Breckenridge: great all-rounder
Sun Valley: best US ski resort for intermediate terrain
Grand Targhee: one of the top US ski resorts for powder hounds
Jackson Hole: best expert, extreme & sidecountry
Keystone: great terrain parks
Deer Valley: top US ski resort for lifts, ski-in lodging & on-mountain dining
Montana Snowbowl: easy to find fresh tracks
Mammoth: offers some of the best skiing in USA
Mt Bachelor: best tree skiing in US
Crystal Mountain WA scores a few best US ski resort awards
Crested Butte: fantastic US ski town
Vail CO: top apres and nightlife
Sundance Utah: nice for powder hounds

Best Ski Resorts In US

Powderhounds Awards: Best Ski Resorts in US

Where is the best skiing in USA? The following awards for the best ski resort in US are according to ratings provided by and are for resorts that have been reviewed by Powderhounds.

Top US Ski Resorts for Powder Hounds

Based on advanced terrain + snow quality & quantity + lack of people riding off-piste
Silverton CO: Best Powder Resort Powder Mountain Utah: 2nd Best Resort for Powderhounds Wolf Creek CO: 3rd Best Resort for Powderhounds

Other top 10 US ski resorts for powder hounds are Grand Targhee, SolitudeAlta, Sundance, Snowbasin, Crystal Mountain and Whitefish.

Best US Ski Resorts - Overall

Based on infrastructure & services, terrain, snow & cost
Telluride, Colorado: #1 best overall rated resort in the USA Park City Utah: #2 best overall rated resort in the USA Snowmass, Colorado: #3 best overall rated resort in the USA

Other top ten ski resorts in US overall are Alta UtahCopper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Snowbasin and Crested Butte.

Also check out the Best Ski Resorts in ColoradoBest Utah Ski Resorts and Best Ski Resorts in California pages and our USA ski resorts ratings for more information.

U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding

Best Overall Terrain
Telluride, Jackson HoleBreckenridge, Snowmass

Best Beginner Terrain
Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Sierra at Tahoe

Best Intermediate Terrain
Sun ValleyPark City, Deer Valley, Snowmass

Best Advanced Piste Terrain
Vail, Snowbasin, Jackson HoleGrand Targhee, Kirkwood

Best Expert Terrain

Jackson Hole, Silverton, Snowbird, Crested Butte, Squaw Valley, Crystal

Best Extreme Terrain
Jackson Hole, Silverton, Snowbird, Squaw Valley

Best Off-Piste


Best Snow
Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Grand Targhee, Silverton

Highest Likelihood of Freshies
Montana SnowbowlPowder Mountain

Other Awards for Best US Ski Resorts

Best Family Ski Resort/Kids Ski Resort
Snowmass, Copper, DurangoWhitefish

Best Ski-in Ski-out Accommodation
Deer Valley, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Snowmass

Best Ski Towns in US for Shopping
Aspen, Park City, Vail

Nightlife & Restaurants

On-Mountain Restaurants
Sun ValleyTelluride, Deer Valley, Snowbasin

Best Après
Vail, Aspen, Jackson HoleHeavenlySquaw Valley, Crystal

Best Nightlife
  Heavenly, Breckenridge,

Best Evening Restaurants
Park CityAspen, Heavenly, Vail

Low Cost

Best Low Cost Ski Resort
Wolf Creek, Bridger Bowl, Snowbowl, Powderhorn

Best Value Ski Resort
Grand Targhee, Alta, Brian Head

For information on the best USA ski resorts for adaptive skiing, check out the Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide.

Best USA Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in USA" are based on the public reviews on Come and have your say on the top USA ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the USA ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only USA ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall USA ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best USA powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
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