Three of the very best ski resorts in the U.S.

The United States is home to some of the best snow conditions and ski slopes in the world. Not to mention a great après ski atmosphere. Here are three ski resorts you simply must experience.


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The US has a vast and varied terrain, with mountain ranges including the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Mountains, and the Appalachian Mountains providing challenges and slopes for virtually everyone – from beginner to avid expert.

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The majestic mountains of Colorado.

Ski resorts in the USA 

The US is also known for having some of the largest and most modern resorts in the world. Here, you can also put a big check mark beside majestic mountains and impressive views. Those who have skied a lot in the European Alps will also notice that the snow is a little drier, which makes for fantastic conditions. American trail crews also take pride in perfectly groomed slopes.

But what about after the slopes? Americans have a good reputation for their hospitality and draws ski enthusiasts from all over the world. This has implications for one of the most important things: a wonderful après-ski atmosphere.

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Just as important as good snow conditions and varied pistes is a good atmosphere on apres-ski.

Which US state is the best for skiing? 

So, where should you head for your next ski holiday? The mountain state of Colorado is at the top of the list for many skiers, especially Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge. Enjoy dry powder snow and good snow conditions, varied terrain, American culture, and luxury accommodation.  

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World-famous Aspen is a hot destination for nature lovers and celebrities.

1. Vail - a dream destination 

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Vail often tops rankings for the very best place to take a skiing holiday in the United States and is the place most skiers dream of, according to PlanetWare.

The resort spans several mountains and provides challenges for everyone, regardless of their level. In addition, the area has seven large 'bowls' where you can ski freely and create your own trail.

The facility is suitable for everyone, and you can choose the best spot depending on your needs and desires. For example, Mid Mountain is family-friendly and provides freshly prepared trails every morning.

Perfect for beginners.

Golden Peak offers skiing and snowboarding classes and has tricks and ramps you can try out. Sunup and Sundown Bowls let you experience iconic trips, wilderness views, and open terrain.

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The town of Vail has many good restaurants, exclusive hotels, great shopping and art and entertainment, including concerts. Not to mention ice rinks (should you need a break from skiing). 

Trails: 195
Lifts: 32
Longest trail: Riva Ridge – 6.4 km
Average annual snowfall: 899 cm
Access: Two-hour drive from Denver International Airport 



Aspen is recognized for its impressive slopes, luxurious facilities and world-class skiing.

2. Aspen - glamour and celebrities

Aspen is a winter playground for the rich and famous. You might recognize the snowscape from TV shows and films like Dumb and Dumber and Fast and Furious 7 or from the world-famous X Games competition that takes place there every January. In other words, its's a prestigious destination.

Aspen consists of four separate ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. The area therefore offers everything from steep descents to wide slopes and areas for beginners. You can ski on freshly prepared trails, run bumps (moguls) and test your skills in the powder off the trails - with majestic mountain peaks all around you. Like Vail, Aspen is also located in the Rocky Mountains.

Aspen is a city known for  being vibrant, with galleries, concerts, and activities such as ice climbing, dog sledding, and snowmobile tours.

All in all, it's an excellent destination for groups of friends and families and the place to go if you are looking for glamour, exclusive restaurants, and a somewhat more luxurious ski holiday.

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Trails: 362
Lifts: 43 (number varies, and includes lifts and gondolas)
Longest run: Long Shot – 8.5 km
Access: Aspen has its own airport (Aspen/Pitkin County Airport) 

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U.S. has a number of ski resorts with gondolas, cable cars and lifts - so for all ages.

3. Breckenridge - a safe bet for a skiing holiday 

This resort is made up of five different peaks, which vary in difficulty from steep slopes for the seeking adrenaline to gentler hills for those who need a little more practice. According to Travel + Leisure it's a good idea to book a guide and get to know the mountains that are less visited by tourists. A cool experience. Breckenridge also boasts the best snow conditions in the Rocky Mountains.  

The city has a well-preserved historic centre with Victorian architecture. You will find many venerable buildings, art galleries, and restaurants, and a good cultural scene. Breckenridge is recommended if you are looking for charm - even off the slopes.

Trails: 187 
Lifts: 35
Longest trail: Four O’Clock – 5.6 km
Access: Easily accessible from Denver International Airport 

(Sources: U.S. News, Time Out, Travel + Leisure)