Map of Ski Resorts in North America

This is an interactive map of Ski Resorts in North America. It shows the Location, Name, and Websites of Ski Resorts. Larger circles represent a higher descent. Downhill Runs are represented with blue circles, and Nordic Runs with violet rings. Zoom out to see Alaska. Zoom in for more details. Scroll down for more information

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Ski Resorts Map

This map includes skiing resorts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Higher descent is the difference between the highest and the lowest point in the resort. It does not necessarily mean that a run has that height difference. The descent might be shared by several runs. But remember, the higher you go, the harder it is to breathe!

Downhill Runs are for Downhill Skiing or Alpine Skiing. Alpine skiing involves sliding down a snow-covered hill on skis with a fixed heel binding on the skis.

Cross Country or Nordic skiing is done on Nordic Runs. These are flat runs and are great for some cardio. This form of skiing is more beginner friendly and originates in Norway. The skis are attached to the tip or front of the foot, not the heel.

For a ski resorts map of Europe, go to EU Ski Runs!

If you want to check flights and stays on various resorts on the map, this Expedia Widget can help!

Popular Ski Resorts in the U.S.A.

To find the most sought-after ski resorts in the U.S., I used Google Trends. I searched for the most related topics to "ski resorts" in the last 5 years. These are trends in the U.S.A.; therefore, it shows only results in the U.S.

All the resorts have a nearby village or town. Some are modern, and others were there before the resort.

All locations offer summer activities and recreation. Most locations open winter activities in November.

All of the popular resorts are West of the Mississippi River.

The runs are classified according to difficulty. Many of them were obtained from Ski Resort Info. The difficulty is represented in percentages. Green represents easy, Blue intermediate, and Black Difficult.

For a closer and more detailed view of different ski runs, I suggest you get this book found on Amazon. The Man Behind The Maps. It features over 200 ski resort maps, hand painted by a legendary artist. This is a 292-page hardcover book, with a compilation of pictures created by James Niehues. It includes many of the ski areas covered on this map.

Heavenly Mountain Resort, California

  • Heavenly gets, on average, 360 inches (914cm) of snowfall per year
  • On average, it has 300 sunny days
  • 18% Easy   39% Intermediate   43% Difficult
Heavenly Mountain Resort

Located Northeast of Sacramento, in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Heavenly Mountain Resort has 4,800 skiable acres and 10,067 feet in elevation (3,068 meters).

Because it is right next to Lake Tahoe, it has incredible and unique scenery, including the lake's blue sapphire waters.

The area offers 34 miles of wide-open, groomed cruisers and North America's most outrageous tree skiing.

Heavenly Village is at the base of Heavenly Mountain, where you can explore the local Craft beer, restaurants, shopping, and a vibrant live music scene.

Because Heavenly overlaps the California - Nevada border, you get the best of both states. On the Nevada side, you can go to Casinos!

You can have a comfrotable stay in Heavenly, at the Marriott Grand Residence Luxury Studio. This studio has access to a hottub, a pool, drier, mountain views, and best of all it is a 3 minute walk from Heavenly Gondola. For more details and prices go to VRBO!

Many of these towns have their own Breweries. To find where they are, check this map of Breweries per capita in the U.S.

Breckenridge, Colorado

  • The average snowfall is 353 in (889cm).
  • 300 days of sun
  • 18% Easy   39% Intermediate   43% Difficult

Breckenridge is located just southwest of Denver. It is surrounded by 5 peaks, 187 trails, 2,908 acres, and the highest lift-served terrain in North America, the perfect setting for a ski vacation.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

The center of the resort and most of its history is in peak 8.

Peak 9 harbors the most gentle and flat terrain, ideal for beginners. Still, it also has the steepest slopes for experienced skiers.

The town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is a charming town with a history that started in 1850 during the Gold Rush. Today is a modern town with Victorian architecture and rich culture.

As the locals call it, Breck is home to the highest chairlift in North America.

Nearby is Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. This preserve has trees, grasslands, wetlands, moose, mountain lions, bald eagles, boreal toads, and foxes. Source: Breckenridge.

Breckenridge is a popular location for skiers. VRBO has over 9,000 homes to choose from. For houses and cabins click here!

Brighton Resort, Utah

  • Average 500 in (1,270cm) snow per winter
  • 246 sunny days on average
  • 15% Easy   27% Intermediate   58% Difficult

Located at the top of Cottonwood Canyon and close to downtown Salt Lake City, you can get public bus transportation to the resort.

Brighton ski Resort, Utah

Because of its location, it gets lots of winter storms, and the snow is usually dry and fluffy, ideal for skiers.

With 1,050 acres, Brighton is renowned for its ski and snowboard school.

An advantage is that all of the terrain can be accessed by high-speed quads.

The resort offers night skiing, and there are over 200 acres with artificial light! Source: Brighton.

Unfortunately, this map only includes North America. For other locations and ski legends, Amazon has the perfect book; Ultimate Ski Book: Legends, Resorts, Lifestyle & More. This hardcover includes other ski areas, describes Alpine pioneers, the development of modern skiing, and has incredible photos.

Alta, Utah

  • Average 547 in (1,389cm) of snow during winter
  • 225 Sunny days on average
  • 15% Easy   30% Intermediate   55% Difficult

Alta is located east of Salt Lake City, Utah, and is renowned for its steep and deep powder skiing.

Snowy Mountains in Alta, Utah

Besides regular skiers and learners, Alta is also known for its racing, snowcat skiing, heli-skiing, and guided backcountry tours.

Alta does not allow snowboarding on its slopes.

The area was left barren by silver mining in the 1800s. By the 1940s, the Forest Service was looking for ways to create jobs while revegetating the empty Wasatch Mountains.

The Forest Service noticed the deep snow and called a famous Norwegian skier to determine the area's potential. This is how this ski site was born.

Given its surroundings, you can ski with a ranger and get informative naturalist tours. These include birding on skis, exploring aspen groves, or following animal droppings to learn more about local wildlife.

If you visit Alta during the summer, you will find the other side of the resort. Then, you can see the sub-alpine species that include, among others, moose and wildflowers. Source: Alta.

Visitors to Alta prefer houses and resorts for their vacation. For dates and amenities offered on VRBO go here!

Keystone, Colorado

  • The average Annual Snowfall is 235 in (597cm)
  • 245 average sunny days
  • 12% Easy   39% Intermediate   49% Difficult
Keystone Resort lifts

Keystone is located just west of Denver, Colorado. It has 3,148 acres of skiable area and 128 trails.

Keystone stretches 7 miles along the Snake River, over 3 mountains, with 3 vibrant villages and plenty of shops, stores, and bars to choose from.

The 3 peaks of Keystone are Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback. It also offers bowls that provide skiers and riders incredible skiing terrain. (A bowl is a type of terrain that resembles a giant bowl).

Keystone has activities on and off the mountain, which include tubing, ice skating in Keystone lake, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, cat skiing, and family-friendly trails.

Keystone also has environmental commitments providing natural guided walks. Source: Keystone Resort.

Vail, Colorado

  • The average snowfall is 189 in (480cm)
  • 247 sunny days a year
  • 24% Easy   36% Intermediate   40% Difficult

Also located west of Denver and with 5,317 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the world!

Winter day at Downtown Vail Colorado

Vail has 31 lifts, 2 gondolas, 193 trails, and 7 Bowls!

Vail has runs with Moguls. Mogul skiing is freestyle skiing on a steep, heavily moguled (large bump) course.

Vail also has various ski runs between the Aspens and open meadows, with stunning 360 views of the area's surrounding peaks..

Vail Resorts operates on National Forest System lands under special use permit to the White River National Forest.

Vail has so many options it is almost hard to pick what to do.

Vail's villages are perfect for a stroll with your family after a day of skiing. This area has the country's largest free transportation system. Source: Vail

If these locations are not enough, check out this book from Amazon, 100 Slopes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Ski and Snowboard Destinations. This book has skiers' and snowboarders' bucket lists of unique slope experiences. It has energizing destinations for all interests and levels.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

  • The average yearly snowfall is 314 inches (797cm)
  • 242 sunny days a year
  • 14% Easy   42% Intermediate   44% Difficult

Located Northwest of Denver, Steamboat offers 2,965 acres of ski area, 169 trails, and 18 lifts to access the runs.

Steamboat ski resort Gondolas

Steamboat is famous for its "Champagne Powder Snow". This phrase was coined by a local who said the snow tickled his nose like champagne.

Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range. It includes: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak.

Steamboat offers opportunities for scenic gondola rides, night skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobile tours, photography tours, tubing, ice skating, and mountain tours.

Steamboat is also known for producing the most Olympic winners in North America, with a record of 95 medal winners!

Steamboat Springs was founded in 1900 and is home to year-round recreation and activities, plus a historic downtown with a great business sector.

Besides winter activities, Steamboat Springs is also known for its geothermal hot springs. They are known for having therapeutic properties. The hot springs also have pools for those wanting to bathe in its waters. Source: Steamboat.

Park City, Utah

  • The average snowfall is 355 inches (901cm)
  • 229 days of sunlight
  • 8% Easy   42% Intermediate   50% Difficult
View of Park City Utah hoses

Park City is located west of Salt Lake City and has over 7,300 skiable acres, 13 bowls, 8 terrain parks, 1 half pipe, and more than 330 trails.

Park City is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States.

Park City was incorporated in 1884, attracting adventurers thanks to the mountains' abundant silver. After the town decayed in the 1930s, it came back with "The Greatest Snow on Earth".

64 of Park City's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Besides hosting the 2002 Olympic Games, the town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, which occurs every year at the end of January.

To reach downtown, you can ski into the historic Main street. To go back, you can just hop on the Town Lift and go back up to the resort! Source: Park City.

Sunrise Park, Arizona

  • The average snowfall is 250 inches (635cm)
  • 33% Easy   13% Intermediate   53% Difficult

Located Northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, this resort offers, among other winter activities: skiing, snowboarding, and ski bikes.

In a few words, the resort has 1200 acres, 3 mountains, 65 trails, and 6 lifts. Source: Sunrise Park

Why are Ski Resorts Dwindling?

Unfortunately, the peak of ski resorts was in the early 2000s. Since then, their number in the U.S. has decreased. Different factors seem to be affecting their numbers.

Baby boomers were the biggest visitors to these sites. They are not being replaced by millennials, the next largest demographic.

Skiing and snowboarding are expensive sports. The outfits and gear are costly. So is a ride on a gondola or ski lift. It can be around $150.

Not just because the location is prime but because construction on slopes is not cheap. The sites are also expensive. Workers are seasonal, and housing in these areas is usually costly.

Finally, Climate Change. As the climate changes, snow is less even or falls in smaller quantities. The ski season keeps decreasing every year.

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The Shapefiles for this map were downloaded from Natural Earth. The code was obtained and altered from Chris Williams’s Block.

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