5 USA ski areas to try in 2019

The USA should be on the must-go list for every ski and snowboarding enthusiast. With great facilities, fantastic weather, slopes for every ability and often very long seasons, and plenty of friendly faces - there are plenty of reasons to hit the slopes in the USA. Here’s our pick of best wintersports resorts in the USA to try in 2019.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California

Head to California for an eco-friendly ski holiday. From 1 December 2018, the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski area in California will be powered only by electricity that is 100% renewable. This will allow the resort to reduce its annual carbon footprint by about 49 per cent, which is equivalent to the emissions generated by the annual electrical use of 959 homes. Not only is Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows one of the largest ski areas in the USA, it also lasts an ultra-long season, until the start of June. Elsewhere you’ll love the combo of ski and sunshine in Mammoth Mountain - pictured right - which also has a really long season. They’re just two of the ski spots recommended by US ski experts AmeriCan Ski.


Steamboat, Colorado

If great American food is one of the reasons why you’re planning to go skiing or boarding in the USA this year, then you might want to head to Steamboat in Colorado. This season sees the launch of the Taco Beast, an on-mountain, roaming snowcat serving street tacos, breakfast burritos, Mexican street corn and Mexican-style beer. A new way to enjoy‘slopeside’dining, the Taco Beast travels to various locations on the mountain and can be tracked by visitors online. 

Deer Valley, Utah

Utah – the home of The Greatest Snow on Earth® – is home to 14 brilliant ski resorts and some of the shortest plane-to-piste transfer times. Less than one hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, ski-only Deer Valley Resort, left, is one of the best resorts in the country and limits numbers so you’ll have slopes and lifts to yourself. It has just been given a $8.1 million refresh. Highlights include a new detachable, high-speed quad chairlift, new snowmaking systems, a new snowcat, revamped lodges, new rental shop equipment and more.


Sun Valley, Idaho

Did you know that America’s first destination ski resort is in Idaho? Sun Valley Ski Resort is also home to the very first chairlift in the world. This fantastic resort is ideal for both learners and experts, with a blue run making a 3000-ft vertical drop from the top of Bald Mountain. It’s a resort with lots of olde world charm, with sleigh rides and a high-tech cinema in an opera house dating from 1937. 

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

The state of Wyoming is home to 98,000 square miles of ski areas, with a superb choice of terrain from epic powder runs, right, to family-friendly slopes. You’ll find affordable, laid-back, family-friendly skiing at resorts including Snowy Range Ski Area in southeast Wyoming near Laramie, Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Cody, and locally-owned White Pine Ski Area, which is nestled among the Wind River Mountains near Pinedale and offers cross-country skiing. Famous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a 4,139-foot vertical rise and unparalleled backcountry access. You can also combine wintersports with wildlife by paying a visit to the National Elk Sanctuary, going on a Wolf and Wildlife Safari, or taking a trip into Yellowstone National Park.

Posted on: 13/01/2019

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