Ski Resorts Ratings

Everyone has different variables that are important when deciding on the top ski resorts in US so we've provided ratings (out of 5, where 5 is outstanding) for various factors relating to the USA ski resorts. Our ratings for the US ski resorts and skiing USA are based on our experiences of visiting the various ski areas around western USA. You can click on the column you're most interested in to sort the ratings for each state.

For more detailed ratings and definitions on each of the categories see our full Powderhounds ski resort ratings on the best ski resorts in the world page, which also compare the USA ski resorts to those in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Europe and South America.

You can also look at each of the USA ski resorts to see how the readers of Powderhounds have rated the resorts on the snow, crowds, lifts, piste, off-piste, child friendliness, value and nightlife.
USA Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding
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Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Alaska
Alyeska 2 3 3 4 1 4 4 4 1 3 2 3 0 2 3 2 3 3 1 3 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
California
Alpine Meadows 2.5 3.5 3 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 2 1 3 3 2 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 3 1.5 -1 -1 3 3.5
Heavenly 3.5 4.5 2.5 4 4.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 3 1 1.5 4 4 3 2 5 5 0.5 3 4.5 -1 -1 3 4
Homewood 1 4 3 4 5 1 0 3 5 4 0 3 0 4 3 0 0 1 4 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
June Mountain 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 1.5 0 3 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 4 2 0 0 0 4 1.5 -1 -1 4 3.5
Kirkwood 2.5 3 5 5 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 3.5 -1 2.5 2 3.5 2.5 2 2 3 4 2.5 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Mammoth Mountain 3.5 4.5 4 4 3.5 4 2.5 4 3.5 2.5 -1 4.5 5 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3.5 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Northstar 4 4.5 3 2.5 4.5 1.5 0 3.5 2.5 2 -1 5 4 4.5 3.5 4 2 2.5 1.5 2 -1 -1 3 4
Sierra at Tahoe 5 2.5 3 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 3 3 -1 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 3 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Squaw Valley 3.5 4 3.5 5 3 5 5 4 1 1 4 4.5 3 2.5 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Sugar Bowl 3.5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5 3 -1 3.5 3 3.5 3 1.5 1.5 2.5 3 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4
Colorado
Arapahoe Basin 2 2.5 3 3.5 2 3 2 3 3 4.5 3 2.5 3 1 2.5 0 0 0 3 0 -1 -1 3.5 3
Aspen Highlands 3 3.5 4 4 3 4.5 3 3.5 3 4 -1 3.5 0 3 2.5 2 2 3 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4
Aspen Mountain 0 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 3 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 -1 3.5 0 2.5 2.5 5 4.5 2 2 4 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Beaver Creek 4.5 4 4 3.5 3 3 2.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 -1 4.5 3 4.5 3.5 4 2.5 5 1.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Breckenridge 5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 4 4 3.5 2 1 -1 4 5 4.5 3 4 5 4 3 4 -1 -1 3 4.5
Buttermilk 4.5 3 2 2 2 1.5 0 2.5 4.5 4 -1 4 5 4 2.5 1 1 1.5 2.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Copper Mountain 5 5 3.5 4 3 3 3 3.5 2.5 3.5 4 4 4 5 4 4 3.5 3.5 3 4 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Crested Butte 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 4 5 5 3.5 4 4 0 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 4 3 3 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Keystone 2.5 5 4 4 4 3 0 3 2 2 5 4 5 3 2 4 4 1 3 3 -1 -1 3 4
Monarch 2.5 2.5 2 3 3 3 3 3.5 3 4 3 2.5 2.5 4 2 2 1 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Powderhorn 2.5 3 3 3 3.5 1 1 3 4 5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 5 3 -1 -1 4 3.8
Purgatory 4.5 5 2.5 2 2 1 1 3 2.5 3 1 3 3 5 4 2 2.5 4 4 2.5 -1 -1 3 4
Silverton 0 0 3 5 4 5 5 4.5 4 5 -1 1 0 0 0.5 1.5 1 0 4 4 -1 -1 5 3.5
Snowmass 3 5 3 4.5 4 4.5 4.5 4 3 3.5 -1 4.5 4 5 3.5 3 2.5 5 2.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Steamboat 3.5 4.5 4 4 5 3 2 4 3 4 -1 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 3 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Telluride 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 5 4.5 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 5 3 4.5 5 4.5 3 5 2 3 -1 -1 4.5 5
Vail 3 3.5 5 5 3.5 2.5 0 4 2.5 2 3 4.5 4 3 5 5 5 2.5 2 5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Wolf Creek 3.5 3 3 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 2 3 0 4 1.5 3 2 0 5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Idaho
Schweitzer 3 4 4.5 4 4.5 3 2 3 4 4 4 3 3.5 4 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 4 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Montana
Bridger Bowl 4 2.5 2 4 3 5 5 3 3 2.5 2 2.5 3 5 2 0 0 0 5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Snowbowl 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 3 5 4 2 2.5 0 3 3 0 0 2 5 2 -1 -1 4 3.5
Whitefish 4 5 4 3 4 3 2.5 4 4 4 2 2 3 5 4 3 2 4 4 4 -1 -1 4 4.5
New Mexico
Taos 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 0 3 2 3.5 4 4 3.5 5 3.5 4 -1 -1 4 4
Utah
Alta 4 3.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 4 3.5 4 3 0 4.5 3.5 4 2 4.5 3 3 -1 -1 5 4.8
Brian Head 4.5 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 1 4.5 4 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 2 1.5 1.5 4.5 1.5 -1 -1 4 4
Brighton 3.5 3.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 2 5 2.5 3 5 4 3.5 4 2.5 0.5 0.5 2 4 3 -1 -1 4 4
Deer Valley 3 5 3 2.5 3 2.5 1.5 4 2.5 3.5 0 5 0 4.5 5 4 2 5 1 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Nordic Valley 3.5 4 2 1 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 3 3.5 4.5 3 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3 3
Park City 3.5 5 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 2.5 3 5 5 4.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 2 3 -1 -1 3.5 5
Powder Mountain 2 2.5 2 5 5 3 2 4.5 5 5 5 2 2 2.5 1 0.5 0 3.5 3.5 1.5 -1 -1 5 4
Snowbasin 3 3.5 5 4 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 4 4 4 3.5 4 5 3 2.5 0 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Snowbird 2 2.5 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 2 2.5 4 4 1 3 4 3 3 2.5 2 3.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Solitude 3 4 3.5 4 5 4.5 3.5 5 4.5 4 4.5 3 1.5 4 3 3 2 3 3 2.5 -1 -1 5 4.5
Sundance 3 3 3 4 3 3 0 5 5 4 1 3 0 5 4 5 2 2 3 2 -1 -1 4.5 4
Wyoming
Grand Targhee 3 5 5 4 3 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 3 4 3.5 2 0 4 5 2 -1 -1 5 4.5
Jackson Hole 1 3 5 5 4 5 5 4 2.5 2 5 3 2 2 2 3 1 4 2 2 -1 -1 4.5 4