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US Ski Resort Snow & Mountain Conditions

posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

With the incredible amount of fresh powder we are seeing this ski season, I’ve decided to hook you up with the snow & mountain conditions at ski resorts across the United States. Keep in mind this is not a complete list. For a more complete list of resorts, go to or The pictus are from Diamond Peak Resort in Lake Tahoe in January 2009. A fairly nice resort with a couple of steep runs. It’s not too crowded. Amazing views of Lake Tahoe!

Diamon Peak Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Diamon Peak Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Also, check out this article from Travel & Leisure magazine, it may help you plan your trip!

California/Nevada – I grew up in Southern California and learned to ski at Mountain High! Woo-hoo. It’s a tiny mountain, but if you want a one day escape from LA, it provides it. Of course, a lot of people from Southern California go to Big Bear Mountain and Mammoth Mountain. I grew up skiing at Mammoth Mountain. I love it. It’s a huge mountain. When I lived and worked in Reno, Nevada, I used to snowboard at Alpine Meadows quite a bit. They have the best overnight groomers, and great back mountain terrain. (I didn’t go into the back country without my friend Jay Abdo, who’s an experienced guide.) Now he works at Diamond Peak. Squaw Valley has to be my favorite mountain in Lake Tahoe because it has my favorite run, the face of KT-22. I wouldn’t ski it now, but when I was in great shape in college, it was a blast.

Southern California: Big Bear Mountain, Mountain High Central California: June Mountain, Mammoth Mountain Northern California: North Lake Tahoe: Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl South Lake Tahoe: Heavenly, Kirkwood

Diamond Peak Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Diamond Peak Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Colorado – My step-dad grew up in Colorado, mostly skiing the local resorts near his hometown of Rifle, Colorado. We’ve been out to Colorado a few times. The nice thing about Colorado is the amount of high-quality resorts. Most of the recommended ski resorts by high level skiers are in Colorado. I’ve skied Vail, Snowmass and Beaver Creek. I had a great time at Steamboat Springs. Very low key. I love Crested Butte! It’s a small town in the Southwest corner of the state. They have great deals in the end of March, beginning of April. (I think most of the resorts do.) If you want to hang out with the likes of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Oprah Winfrey, apparently they have their winter homes in Telluride. I’ve never been there, but I keep dreaming!

Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Snowmass, Telluride, Vail, Wolf Creek Pass


Sun Valley


Big Mountain, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl

New Hampshire – I’ve never heard of Mad River Glen growing up on the West Coast, but I want to check it out!

NH Ski Resorts, Mad River Glen

New Mexico

Taos Ski Valley

Oregon – Another mountain on my list—Mt. Hood, Oregon. It looks like a challenge.

Mt. Bachelor, Timberline

Utah – My brother worked at a ski resort in Utah one winter, so my friend Deanna and I went out to visit him. It was a great time. Large mountain. We skied one lift most of the time that takes you to the top, and the run continues for about two and 1/2 miles. Here’s the link to all the resorts in Utah: Skiing in Utah. I have them listed individually below with the links. Apparently, Alta, Utah has the cheapest one day lift tickets and largest average snowfall. Gotta’ go!

Salt Lake City: Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski & Summer, Solitude, Sundance Resort, Wolf Creek Utah Park City: Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons Resort


Killington, Smuggler’s Notch, Sugarbush, Stowe


Mount Baker


Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole

When I started skiing, my parents were able to do it fairly inexpensively with hand-me-down equipment and clothing, fairly cheap lift tickets, and lunch in a bag. I think you can still do it that way if you plan right. There are great deals to be had. The only thing I would recommend if you take up skiing is spending the money on a lesson. Usually the resorts will offer an all-in-one package for equipment, tickets and a lesson. Have a great time, and if you have any recommendations, please let me know.

-Dawn Brown

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