Ski Resorts with Highest Vertical Drop


Telluride, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,425 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 19


Aspen, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,406 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,342 ac
  • Number of Lifts 19

Big Sky

Big Sky, MT

  • Vertical Drop 4,366 ft
  • Skiable Area 5,850 ac
  • Number of Lifts 39

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Teton Village, WY

  • Vertical Drop 4,139 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Wyoming’s premier ski resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort features 2,500 skiable acres and 133 trails, not to mention four terrain parks and plenty of backcountry acreage. This sprawling ski area is perfectly suited to intermediate and advanced skiers, with nearly 40 percent of trails designed for intermediate, and almost all the rest marked black diamond. Although less than 5 percent of Jackson Hole’s trails cater to beginners, the resort does have a ski school and private ski instruction. The resort and the neighboring town ofJacksonalso feature a thriving après-ski scene.

Timberline Ski Area

Government Camp, OR

  • Vertical Drop 4,540 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,685 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

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.


Steamboat Springs, CO

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

Heavenly Mountain

South Lake Tahoe, CA

  • Vertical Drop 3,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 4,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 27


Vail, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,450 ft
  • Skiable Area 5,317 ac
  • Number of Lifts 33

Whiteface Mountain

Wilmington, NY

  • Vertical Drop 3,166 ft
  • Skiable Area 288 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games,Lake Placidis the place for passion and challenge, and Whiteface Mountain certainly embodies that. Greatest vertical in the Northeast is a very big statement with all that New York has to offer. Often touted for providing one of the best ski experiences in the East, Whiteface boasts 98 percent snowmaking coverage and expert terrain well maintained by long rolling groomers. Whiteface’s terrain caters to all levels of skier. Meanwhile, the Cloudsplitter Gondola is not just a way to get from the lodge to the top of the mountain; you can take in spectacular views of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid, Lake Champlain and so much more.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley, ID

  • Vertical Drop 3,400 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,054 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18


Breckenridge, CO

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

Mount Bachelor

Bend, OR

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

Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,340 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,082 ac
  • Number of Lifts 25

Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley, NM

  • Vertical Drop 3,131 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.


Snowbird, UT

  • Vertical Drop 3,240 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14
  • Vertical Drop 3,226 ft
  • Skiable Area 7,300 ac
  • Number of Lifts 44

Alyeska Resort

Girdwood, AK

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


Keystone, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,128 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,148 ac
  • Number of Lifts 20

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Lakes, CA

  • Vertical Drop 3,100 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,500 ac
  • Number of Lifts 25

Crystal Mountain

Enumclaw, WA

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

Silverton Mountain

Silverton, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,087 ft
  • Skiable Area 26,819 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.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,062 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,547 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park, CO

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


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.

Deer Valley Resort

Park City, UT

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


Huntsville, UT

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

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Olympic Valley, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,850 ft
  • Skiable Area 6,200 ac
  • Number of Lifts 29


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.

Tamarack Resort

Tamarack, ID

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

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