USA Ski Resort Ratings

Everyone has different variables that are important when deciding on the top ski resorts in US so we've provided ratings (out of 5, where 5 is outstanding) for various factors relating to the USA ski resorts. Our ratings for the US ski resorts and skiing USA are based on our experiences of visiting the various ski areas around western USA. You can click on the column you're most interested in to sort the ratings for each state.

For more detailed ratings and definitions on each of the categories see our full Powderhounds ski resort ratings on the best ski resorts in the world page, which also compare the USA ski resorts to those in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Europe and South America.

You can also look at each of the USA ski resorts to see how the readers of Powderhounds have rated the resorts on the snow, crowds, lifts, piste, off-piste, child friendliness, value and nightlife.

USA Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Alaska
Alyeska 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2 4 4 4 2.5 3.5 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 -1 -1 4 4
California
Kirkwood 2.5 3 5 5 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 3.5 -1 2.5 2 3.5 2.5 2 2 3 4 2.5 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Mammoth Mountain 3.5 4.5 4 4 3.5 4 2.5 4 3.5 2.5 -1 4.5 5 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3.5 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Squaw Valley 3.5 4 3.5 5 3 5 5 4 1 1 4 4.5 3 2.5 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Sugar Bowl 3.5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5 3 -1 3.5 3 3.5 3 1.5 1.5 2.5 3 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4
Alpine Meadows 2.5 3.5 3 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 2 1 3 3 2 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 3 1.5 -1 -1 3 3.5
Homewood 1 4 3 4 5 1 0 3 5 4 0 3 0 4 3 0 0 1 4 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
Northstar 4 4.5 3 2.5 4.5 1.5 0 3.5 2.5 2 -1 5 4 4.5 3.5 4 2 2.5 1.5 2 -1 -1 3 4
Sierra at Tahoe 5 2.5 3 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 3 3 -1 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 3 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Heavenly 3.5 4.5 2.5 4 4.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 3 1 1.5 4 4 3 2 5 5 0.5 3 4.5 -1 -1 3 4
June Mountain 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 1.5 0 3 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 4 2 0 0 0 4 1.5 -1 -1 4 3.5
Colorado
Vail 3 3.5 5 5 3.5 2.5 0 4 2.5 2 3 4.5 4 3 5 5 5 2.5 2 5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Breckenridge 5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 4 4 3.5 2 1 -1 4 5 4.5 3 4 5 4 3 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Aspen Highlands 3 3.5 4 4 3 4.5 3 3.5 3 4 -1 3.5 0 3 2.5 2 2 3 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4
Beaver Creek 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3 2.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 -1 4.5 3 4.5 3.5 4 2.5 5 1.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Keystone 2.5 5 4 4 4 3 0 3 2 2 5 4 5 3 2 4 4 1 3 3 -1 -1 3 4
Steamboat 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 5 2.5 2 4 3 4 -1 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 3 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Telluride 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 5 4.5 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 5 3 4.5 5 4.5 3 5 2 3 -1 -1 4.5 5
Aspen Mountain 0 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 3 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 -1 3.5 0 2.5 2.5 5 4.5 2 2 4 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Copper Mountain 5 5 3.5 4 3 3 3 3.5 2.5 3.5 4 4 4 5 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 4 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Arapahoe Basin 2 2.5 3 3.5 2 3 2 3 3 4.5 3 2.5 3 1 2.5 0 0 0 3 0 -1 -1 3.5 3
Powderhorn 2.5 3 3 3 3.5 1 1 3 4 5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 5 3 -1 -1 4 3.8
Silverton 0 0 3 5 4 5 5 5 4 5 -1 1 0 0 0.5 1.5 1 0 4 4 -1 -1 5 3.5
Snowmass 3 5 3 4.5 4 4.5 4.5 4 3 3.5 -1 4.5 4 5 3.5 3 2.5 5 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Wolf Creek 3.5 3 3 5 5 4 4 5 4.5 4 2 3 0 4 1.5 3 2 0 5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Crested Butte 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 4 5 5 3.5 4 4 0 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 4 3 3 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Purgatory 4.5 5 2.5 2 2 1 1 3 2.5 3 1 3 3 5 4 2 2.5 4 4 2.5 -1 -1 3 4
Buttermilk 4.5 3 2 2 2 1.5 0 2.5 4.5 4 -1 4 5 4 2.5 1 1 1.5 2.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Monarch 2.5 2.5 2 3 3 3 3 3.5 3 4 3 2.5 2.5 4 2 2 1 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Idaho
Schweitzer 2.5 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 2 3 4 4 4 3.5 3 4 3.5 2.5 2 4 4 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Sun Valley 3 5 4 3 3.5 2.5 1 3 4 4 2.5 4 3 4 5 4 3 0 2.5 2 -1 -1 4 4.5
Montana
Big Sky 4.5 4 4 3.5 2.5 4 4 3 3 3 -1 4 3 4 2 2.5 2 3.5 3 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Whitefish 4 5 4 3 4 3 2.5 4 4 4 2 2 3 5 4 3 2 4 4 4 -1 -1 4 4.5
Snowbowl 1.5 2.5 3 4 4.5 4 1.5 2.5 5 4 2 2 1 2.5 3 0 0 1 5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Bridger Bowl 4 2.5 2 4 3 5 5 3 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 4 2 0 0 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
New Mexico
Taos 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 0 3 2 3.5 4 4 3.5 5 3.5 4 -1 -1 4 4
Oregon
Mt Bachelor 4.5 4.5 4 5 5 2.5 1.5 4 4 3 1 4.5 4 4 2.5 0 0 0 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Mt Hood Meadows 4 4 2 4 3 4 3 3.5 3 2.5 0 4 3.5 4 4 0 0 0 4 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Utah
Park City 3.5 5 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 2.5 3 5 5 4.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 2 3 -1 -1 3.5 5
Snowbasin 3 3.5 5 4 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 4 4 4 3.5 4 5 3 2.5 0 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Alta 4 3.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 4 3.5 4 3 0 4.5 3.5 4 2 4.5 3 3 -1 -1 5 5
Snowbird 2 2.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 2 2.5 4 4 1 3 4 3 3 2.5 2 3.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Solitude 3 4 3.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 5 4 4 4.5 3 1.5 4 3 3 2 3 3 2.5 -1 -1 5 4.5
Deer Valley 3 5 3 2.5 3 2.5 1.5 4 2.5 3.5 0 5 0 4.5 5 4 2 5 1 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Sundance 3 3 3 4 3 3 0 5 5 4 1 3 0 5 4 5 2 2 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4
Brian Head 4.5 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 1 4.5 4 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 2 1.5 1.5 4.5 1.5 -1 -1 4 4
Brighton 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 2 5 2.5 3 5 4 3.5 4 2.5 0.5 0.5 2 4 3 -1 -1 4 4
Nordic Valley 3.5 4 2 1 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 3 3.5 4.5 3 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3 3
Powder Mountain 2 2.5 2 5 5 3 1.5 4.5 5 5 4 2 2 2.5 1 0.5 0 3.5 3.5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Washington
Crystal Mountain 4 3.5 4.5 5 3.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 3 4 4 1 3.5 3 1.5 2 1 3.5 4 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Stevens Pass 4 3 3 5 3 4 2 4 3.5 3.5 4 3 0 3 5 0 0 0 3.5 1 -1 -1 4.5 4
Mt Baker 2 1 2 3 2 5 5 4 1 1 4 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 3.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Wyoming
Grand Targhee 3.5 4 5 4.5 3 2.5 2 5 4 4.5 5 3.5 2 4 3 2 1 4 4.5 3 -1 -1 5 4.5
Jackson Hole 2.5 3 5 5 4 5 5 4.5 1.5 2 5 4 2.5 3 3 4 2.5 4 2 4.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5