29 Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. To Hit the Slopes » Savoteur


For skiers, it’s hard to beat the excitement of being perched atop a ski run ready to push off or the fun of carving down a snowy slope off-trail. A distant second might be the fun of looking for great ski resorts where you can experience the thrill all over again next season. 

Curated used data from Skiresort.info to compile a list of the top places to ski in 29 different states. Top locations were determined by overall star ratings, which considered test reports and evaluation criteria. Read on to see which ski resorts are the top-rated across the country.

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Alaska: Alyeska Resort – Girdwood

  • Overall rating: 3.3/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 38.5 miles (62 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 2,526 feet (770 meters)
  • Base: 230 feet (70 meters), summit: 2,756 feet (840 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: mid-December – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 3.4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 3.7/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.5/5 stars

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California: Mammoth Mountain

  • Overall rating: 4.4/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 55.8 miles (89.8 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,101 feet (945 meters)
  • Base: 7,953 feet (2,424 meters), summit: 11,054 feet (3,369 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 25
  • Typical season length early November – early June

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4/5 stars

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Colorado: Vail

  • Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 145.4 miles (234 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,202 feet (976 meters)
  • Base: 8,061 feet (2,457 meters), summit: 11,264 feet (3,433 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 33
  • Typical season length: mid-November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 5/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4/5 stars

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Connecticut: Mohawk Mountain

  • Overall rating: 2.6/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 5.0 miles (8 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 571 feet (174 meters)
  • Base: 919 feet (280 meters), summit: 1,490 feet (454 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: mid-December – early April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 1.9/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.3/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3/5 stars

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Idaho: Bald Mountain – Sun Valley

  • Overall rating: 3.7/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 57.2 miles (92 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,399 feet (1,036 meters)
  • Base: 5,748 feet (1,752 meters), summit: 9,147 feet (2,788 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 13
  • Typical season length: mid-November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 4.3/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.9/5 stars

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Illinois: Snowstar

  • Overall rating: 2.5/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 180 feet (55 meters)
  • Base: 591 feet (180 meters), summit: 771 feet (235 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: mid-December – mid-March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 1.5/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 1.8/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 2.9/5 stars

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Maine: Sunday River

  • Overall rating: 4.2/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 52.7 miles (84.8 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 2,320 feet (707 meters)
  • Base: 820 feet (250 meters), summit: 3,140 feet (957 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 19
  • Typical season length: early November – late April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 4/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4/5 stars

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Massachusetts: Wachusett Mountain

  • Overall rating: 2.9/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 7.5 miles (12 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,001 feet (305 meters)
  • Base: 1,004 feet (306 meters), summit: 2,005 feet (611 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 4
  • Typical season length: mid-November – early April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.1/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4.1/5 stars

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Michigan: The Highlands at Harbor Springs

  • Overall rating: 2.9/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 16.0 miles (25.7 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 551 feet (168 meters)
  • Base: 787 feet (240 meters), summit: 1,339 feet (408 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 10
  • Typical season length: early December – late March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.5/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.9/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.2/5 stars

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Minnesota: Lutsen Mountains

  • Overall rating: 3.2/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 24.9 miles (40 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 827 feet (252 meters)
  • Base: 863 feet (263 meters), summit: 1,690 feet (515 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 7
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.9/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 3.2/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.6/5 stars

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Montana: Big Sky

  • Overall rating: 3.9/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 155.3 miles (250 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 4,351 feet (1,326 meters)
  • Base: 6,798 feet (2,072 meters), summit: 11,149 feet (3,398 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 39
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4.9/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.5/5 stars

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Nevada/California: Heavenly

  • Overall rating: 4.1/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 58.4 miles (94 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,475 feet (1,059 meters)
  • Base: 6,565 feet (2,001 meters), summit: 10,040 feet (3,060 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 27
  • Typical season length: mid-November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4/5 stars

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New Hampshire: Bretton Woods

  • Overall rating: 3.4/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 34.8 miles (56 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,499 feet (457 meters)
  • Base: 1,601 feet (488 meters), summit: 3,101 feet (945 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 8
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 3.2/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 3.6/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4.0/5 stars

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New Jersey: Mountain Creek

  • Overall rating: 3.0/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 14.9 miles (24 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,040 feet (317 meters)
  • Base: 440 feet (134 meters), summit: 1,480 feet (451 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 7
  • Typical season length: mid-December – early April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.5/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.8/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.4/5 stars

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New Mexico: Angel Fire

  • Overall rating: 3.5/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 46.6 miles (75 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 2,182 feet (665 meters)
  • Base: 8,501 feet (2,591 meters), summit: 10,683 feet (3,256 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: mid-December – late March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 3.7/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 3.9/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.9/5 stars

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New York: Whiteface

  • Overall rating: 3.7/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 23.0 miles (37 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,179 feet (969 meters)
  • Base: 1,217 feet (371 meters), summit: 4,397 feet (1,340 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 11
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 3/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3/5 stars

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North Carolina: Sugar Mountain

  • Overall rating: 2.9/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 8.7 miles (14 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,116 feet (340 meters)
  • Base: 4,098 feet (1,249 meters), summit: 5,214 feet (1,589 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 7
  • Typical season length mid-November – late March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.2/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.8/5 stars

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North Dakota: Huff Hills

  • Overall rating: 2.4/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 1.9 miles (3 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 361 feet (110 meters)
  • Base: 1,870 feet (570 meters), summit: 2,231 feet (680 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 4
  • Typical season length: late November – early March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 1.5/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 1.8/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 2.9/5 stars

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Ohio: Snow Trails

  • Overall rating: 2.5/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 3.3 miles (5.3 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 230 feet (70 meters)
  • Base: 1,214 feet (370 meters), summit: 1,444 feet (440 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 6
  • Typical season lengthn: mid-December – early March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 1.7/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3/5 stars

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Oregon: MT. Bachelor

  • Overall rating: 3.7/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 62.1 miles (100 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,366 feet (1,026 meters)
  • Base: 5,699 feet (1,737 meters), summit: 9,065 feet (2,763 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 15
  • Typical season length: late November – late April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4.1/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 4.4/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.8/5 stars

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Pennsylvania: Camelback

  • Overall rating: 3.0/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 21.1 miles (34 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 797 feet (243 meters)
  • Base: 1,247 feet (380 meters), summit: 2,044 feet (623 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 9
  • Typical season length: mid-December – late March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.7/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.9/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.3/5 stars

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South Dakota: Terry Peak

  • Overall rating: 3.0/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 9.9 miles (16 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,083 feet (330 meters)
  • Base: 5,906 feet (1,800 meters), summit: 6,989 feet (2,130 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 4
  • Typical season length: early December – late March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.3/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.7/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4.1/5 stars

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Utah: Park City

  • Overall rating: 3.9/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 155.3 miles (250 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,179 feet (969 meters)
  • Base: 6,824 feet (2,080 meters), summit: 10,004 feet (3,049 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 42
  • Typical season length: late November – early April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4.8/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.8/5 stars

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Vermont: Killington

  • Overall rating: 4.2/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 73.3 miles (118 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 3,078 feet (938 meters)
  • Base: 1,165 feet (355 meters), summit: 4,242 feet (1,293 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 22
  • Typical season length: late October – late May

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 5/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 4/5 stars

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Virginia: Wintergreen Resort

  • Overall rating: 2.8/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 6.2 miles (10 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,001 feet (305 meters)
  • Base: 2,513 feet (766 meters), summit: 3,514 feet (1,071 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: early December – mid-March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.3/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.8/5 stars

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Washington State: Mission Ridge

  • Overall rating: 3.6/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 62.1 miles (100 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 2,251 feet (686 meters)
  • Base: 4,567 feet (1,392 meters), summit: 6,818 feet (2,078 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 4
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 4.3/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.6/5 stars

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West Virginia: Timberline Mountain

  • Overall rating: 3.0/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 11.2 miles (18 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 1,001 feet (305 meters)
  • Base: 3,268 feet (996 meters), summit: 4,269 feet (1,301 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 2
  • Typical season length: mid-December – mid-March

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.3/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.7/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.9/5 stars

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Wisconsin: Granite Peak

  • Overall rating: 3/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 12.4 miles (20 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 702 feet (214 meters)
  • Base: 1,247 feet (380 meters), summit: 1,949 feet (594 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 5
  • Typical season length: late November – mid-April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 2.4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 2.8/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.8/5 stars

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Wyoming: Jackson Hole

  • Overall rating: 3.7/5 stars
  • Total slope length: 72.1 miles (116 kilometers)
  • Elevation difference: 4,137 feet (1,261 meters)
  • Base: 6,313 feet (1,924 meters), summit: 10,450 feet (3,185 meters)
  • Total lifts/cable cars: 13
  • Typical season length: late November – early April

Other ratings:

  • Ski resort size: 4.4/5 stars
  • Slope offering and variety of runs: 4.7/5 stars
  • Lifts and cable cars: 3.6/5 stars

 

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For skiers, it’s hard to beat the excitement of being perched atop a ski run ready to push off or the fun of carving down a snowy slope off-trail. A distant second might be the fun of looking for great ski resorts where you can experience the thrill all over again next season.  Curated used data…