2020 Best Ski Resorts in the USA

See our ranking for the best Ski Resorts in the USA 2020. Finding the best ski resort for you will depend on what you are looking for. We considered multiple factors in our rankings, such as skiable area, vertical drop, average snowfall, and number of lifts in order to generate our rankings. Our hope is that our ski resort rankings will help plan your next ski trip. Enjoy the slopes!

  • Vertical Drop 3,226 ft
  • Skiable Area 7,300 ac
  • Number of Lifts 41

Big Sky

Big Sky, MT

  • Vertical Drop 4,366 ft
  • Skiable Area 5,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 38


Vail, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,450 ft
  • Skiable Area 5,317 ac
  • Number of Lifts 31

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Olympic Valley, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,850 ft
  • Skiable Area 6,200 ac
  • Number of Lifts 42


Breckenridge, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,398 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,908 ac
  • Number of Lifts 34

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Lakes, CA

  • Vertical Drop 3,100 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 28


Aspen, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,406 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,339 ac
  • Number of Lifts 21

Heavenly Mountain

South Lake Tahoe, CA

  • Vertical Drop 3,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 4,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 28


Telluride, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,425 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18

Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,340 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,832 ac
  • Number of Lifts 23

Deer Valley Resort

Park City, UT

  • Vertical Drop 3,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,026 ac
  • Number of Lifts 25

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Teton Village, WY

  • Vertical Drop 4,139 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 17

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,060 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,081 ac
  • Number of Lifts 23


Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,668 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,965 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18

Sun Valley

Sun Valley, ID

  • Vertical Drop 3,400 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,054 ac
  • Number of Lifts 19

Copper Mountain

Frisco, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,738 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,490 ac
  • Number of Lifts 24


Killington, VT

  • Vertical Drop 3,050 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,509 ac
  • Number of Lifts 21

The largest ski resort in the eastern U.S., Killington encompasses seven distinct mountain areas, including the second-highest peak in Vermont. Known as the “Beast of the East” for its lofty vertical drop, this ski destination knows how to lure thrill-seekers. The Canyon area and the Big Dipper offer plenty of challenging runs for more experienced powder hounds. But that doesn’t mean those new to snow sports won’t have fun. The entire Snowshed Lodge area is designed with beginners in mind, and the resort’s ski school will have you feeling confident on your skis or board in no time.


Mount Bachelor

Bend, OR

  • Vertical Drop 3,365 ft
  • Skiable Area 4,323 ac
  • Number of Lifts 15

Northstar California

Truckee, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,280 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,170 ac
  • Number of Lifts 20


Keystone, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,128 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,148 ac
  • Number of Lifts 21


Snowbird, UT

  • Vertical Drop 3,240 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Crystal Mountain

Enumclaw, WA

  • Vertical Drop 3,100 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,600 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Mount Hood Meadows

Mt Hood, OR

  • Vertical Drop 2,777 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,150 ac
  • Number of Lifts 13

Mt. Hood Meadows in Mount Hood, Oregon, is a skier’s playground with six terrain parks and 2,150 acres of the most varied, skiable terrain in the Northwest.



Huntsville, UT

  • Vertical Drop 2,900 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Crested Butte

Crested Butte, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,062 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,547 ac
  • Number of Lifts 15

Timberline Ski Area

Government Camp, OR

  • Vertical Drop 3,690 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,415 ac
  • Number of Lifts 8

Timberline Ski Area in Oregon has the longest ski season in North America, allowing powder hounds access to snowy slopes long after other resorts have closed for the summer.


Alyeska Resort

Girdwood, AK

  • Vertical Drop 3,200 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,610 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley, NM

  • Vertical Drop 3,281 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,294 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Taos Ski Valley is known for seeing both 300 inches of snowfall and 300 days of sunshine every year.

  • Vertical Drop 2,353 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14


Twin Bridges, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,212 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Sierra-at-Tahoe sets the bar with 2,122 vertical feet of dynamic terrain, 2,000 acres of skiable landscape and almost 500 inches of fresh powder annually.



Kirkwood, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,300 ac
  • Number of Lifts 13

Schweitzer Mountain

Sandpoint, ID

  • Vertical Drop 2,400 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,900 ac
  • Number of Lifts 10

The Summit at Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie Pass, WA

  • Vertical Drop 2,280 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,994 ac
  • Number of Lifts 25

Bridger Bowl

Bozeman, MT

  • Vertical Drop 2,700 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Montana challenges advanced skiers with its 300-plus acres of expert terrain.


Powder Mountain

Eden, UT

  • Vertical Drop 2,205 ft
  • Skiable Area 7,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9


Alta, UT

  • Vertical Drop 2,538 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,614 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Alta is one of the oldest ski resorts in the U.S., opening its debut lift in 1939.


Sugar Bowl

Norden, CA

  • Vertical Drop 1,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,650 ac
  • Number of Lifts 12

As one of the country’s oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl has been pleasing the ski enthusiast since 1939.



Warren, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,600 ft
  • Skiable Area 484 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Sugarbush caters to skiers and snowboarders who like to feel as though they have the slopes to themselves. As one of the largest resorts on the East Coast, Sugarbush encompasses around 4,000 acres of skiable terrain across six mountains. It also features three terrain parks perfect for practicing tricks. This massive Vermont ski resort caters to all skill levels, with its 111 marked trails relatively equally divided between beginner, intermediate and expert. The resort also provides top-tier instruction and an adaptive ski program, so everyone can enjoy a day on the mountain.


Okemo Mountain

Ludlow, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,200 ft
  • Skiable Area 632 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Okemo Mountain offers a nice variety of runs across more than 600 skiable acres to suit all skill levels. This Vermont resort’s ample beginner and intermediate slopes have earned it a family-friendly reputation. Visitors with kids especially love the resort’s ski school. Some skiers lament that Okemo’s slopes are too easy, but more experienced powder hounds will find challenging terrain on the South Face. And while Okemo may not always receive as much snow as other top Vermont ski resorts, this destination’s snow-making and grooming frequently receive high praise.


Grand Targhee

Alta, WY

  • Vertical Drop 2,270 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,602 ac
  • Number of Lifts 5


Carrabassett Valley, ME

  • Vertical Drop 2,820 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,240 ac
  • Number of Lifts 13

Maine’s most renowned resort, Sugarloaf boasts one of the largest skiable areas on the East Coast, not to mention the region’s only lift-serviced trails above the treeline. Sprawling across the towering Sugarloaf Mountain in the western part of the state, Sugarloaf’s trails offer stunning views of the Carrabassett Valley. The resort’s 150-plus trails are relatively equally divided by skill level, meaning everyone from newbies to experts will have plenty of terrain to explore. What’s more, Sugarloaf’s northern location and high average snowfall average tends to lead to longer-than-usual ski seasons, with lifts often operating until May.



Georgetown, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,210 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado boasts 1,800 acres of skiable terrain and educational programs to help you make the most of the slopes.


Tamarack Resort

Tamarack, ID

  • Vertical Drop 2,800 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,100 ac
  • Number of Lifts 7

Silverton Mountain

Silverton, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,087 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,819 ac
  • Number of Lifts 1

Silverton Mountain Ski Resort is one of the country’s most thrilling ski destinations, boasting 1,819 acres of some of the steepest terrain in North America.


June Mountain

June Lake, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,590 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 7

Silver Mountain

Kellogg, ID

  • Vertical Drop 2,200 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,600 ac
  • Number of Lifts 7


Solitude, UT

  • Vertical Drop 2,494 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,200 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Stowe Mountain

Stowe, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,360 ft
  • Skiable Area 485 ac
  • Number of Lifts 12

Considered both luxurious and family-friendly, Stowe Mountain has a lot going for it. The resort occupies the tallest mountain in Vermont, and many have said its snowpack is the best in the North East. What’s more, Stowe is known for its variety, offering everything from well-groomed, beginner-friendly trails to unrefined, high-elevation terrain. Over the past several years, Stowe has invested in renovations to its facilities, including a high-speed peak-to-peak gondola. Add to that the resort’s acclaimed ski school and dining facilities, and you can see why it’s called the “Queen of the East”.


49 Degrees North

Chewelah, WA

  • Vertical Drop 1,851 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,325 ac
  • Number of Lifts 7

Sunday River

Newry, ME

  • Vertical Drop 2,340 ft
  • Skiable Area 870 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18

This immense ski resort in western Maine caters to powder hounds who need their space. Sunday River’s 870 skiable acres are spread across eight peaks, with additional space for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. While there is no shortage of challenging runs for more experienced skiers, Sunday River also dedicates 30% of its marked trails for beginners. And the resort’s ski school provides a variety of instruction styles to build confidence on the slopes. Plus, the good times don’t have to stop at sundown. Sunday River offers twilight skiing on several runs from late December through late March.

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