Skiing only requires two things—snow and elevation. But not every steep snowy hill made the list of the 25 most ski resorts in the U.S. We analyzed thousands of online reviews from more than 350 resorts to see who’s really king of the mountain.

To qualify, resorts had to be open for the 2018-2019 season, be available to the public, and have more than 500 online reviews from Facebook, Google, and other top review sites. Why 500 reviews? After compiling all the data we removed the bottom quartile to account for outliers with insufficient data, giving us the best indicator of America’s favorite resorts.

In total, the list had an average star rating of 4.664 and an average of 1,456 reviews. If you own a local business and want to improve your online reputation, check out a Podium demo to see how easy it is to get more reviews.


25. Copper Mountain Resort

Located in Frisco, Colorado

4.5993 Rating

806 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $158

Skiable Acres: 2,465

Located in Summit County approximately two hours west of Denver, Copper Mountain is right on the I-70 corridor, home of some of the largest ski resorts in the country, including being about 30 minutes drive from both Breckenridge and Vail. A favorite with the locals, Copper Mountain is famous for its 2,490 skiable acres of naturally segmented areas of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails providing plenty of options for all skiing and riding ability levels. Copper even offers free cat skiing on Tucker Mountain for the experts in the group.

Featured Reviews:

“Awesome place to snowboard/ ski with family. Also has a great selection of restaurants to hang out at.”

“Great trails, well groomed. The lodge is comfortable for non-skiers, too.”


24. Solitude Mountain Resort

Located near Salt Lake City, UT

4.5998 Rating

2249 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $109

Skiable Acres: 1,200

Located just 30 minutes away from Salt Lake International Airport in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude Mountain Resort is neighbors to some of the most famous ski resorts in the country. The Cottonwood Canyons are known for their unique microclimate that brings disproportionately high levels of snowfall and dry powder. Solitude has over 1,200 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from groomed runs to powder glades and even includes a Nordic center with groomed cross-country skiing trails. Solitude Mountain Resort has 77 named runs with eight chairlifts, including four high-speed quads, two fixed quads, one triple chair, and one double chair.

Featured Reviews:

“Great environment, very friendly and welcoming. Big resort terrain with small hill hospitality!”

“Usually has more parking available and fewer lift lines than other Utah resorts”


23. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Located in Washoe County, Nevada

4.6009 Rating

654 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $135

Skiable Acres: 1,200

Mt. Rose is the closest ski resort to Reno and the Reno-Tahoe Airport. Just a quick 25-minute drive from Reno gets you to some great powder skiing and The Chutes. The great snow is thanks to Lake Tahoe’s highest base area at 8,260 feet and 1,200 acres of skiing on 1,800 vertical feet. Mt. Rose is often a favorite for those staying in Reno and enjoying the nightlife in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”

Featured Reviews:

“Mt. Rose is great, close to home and they run it really well. First resort open this year, and great season pass perks.”

“Best local resort…fast lifts, great atmosphere. Best terrain. Great parking.”


22. Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort

Located near Lake Placid, NY

4.6020 Rating

814 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $96

Skiable Acres: 288

Whiteface was home of the 1980 Winter Olympics and dedicated to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. It first opened in 1958 and is one of the premier resorts in the Adirondacks region.

With the biggest vertical drop of the eastern ski resorts (3,429 feet), Whiteface, NY, offers 288 skiable acres serviced by 11 lifts, including one gondola. The ski area’s summit elevation of 4,867 feet offers access to 87 named trails and 53 acres of glades skiing. They have also opened up four terrain parks and opened additional Olympic winter activities that include bobsledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, luge rides and visiting the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

Featured Reviews:

“Nice place to visit especially for kids!”

“Two of us are very beginners, we took a lesson and it was money well spent.”


21. Bretton Woods

Located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

4.6199 Rating

542 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $99

Skiable Acres: 464

Bretton Woods is the largest ski resort in New Hampshire and is known for its long groomed trails combined with spectacular views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. The ski resort is consistently ranked as one of the best resorts in the east.

The resort is home to an extensive trail system connected by updated chairlifts. The ski area also has an excellent snow-making system covering almost all of their 464 acres of skiable terrain.

Featured Reviews:

“They really do have the best snow and grooming. One of the best days I’ve had on the mountain.”

“Great location, staff excellent, awesome skiing, can’t beat a family trip with views of Mt. Washington”


20. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Located near Summerhaven, Arizona

4.6267 Rating

884 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $47

Skiable Acres: 464

As the country’s southernmost ski resort, Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley near Tucson, Arizona offers ski equipment rentals, instruction, the Iron Door Restaurant, a snack bar, and gift shop. Overnight accommodations are available in the nearby village of Summerhaven. The chairlift is in operation all year round, taking visitors to a high overlook from which they can enjoy views of the Santa Catalinas, the city of Tucson, the San Pedro Valley, the Reef of Rocks, and the distant mountains near Globe and Phoenix.

Featured Reviews:

“Nice place to smell pine trees and enjoy the small town experience”

“Staff in the area are all super friendly and helpful.”


19. Stowe Mountain Resort

Located in Stowe, Vermont

4.6297 Rating

875 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $134

Skiable Acres: 485

Stowe Mountain Resort has earned a reputation as being one of the most luxurious ski destinations on the East Coast, providing a wide spectrum of skiing and riding for all levels of family abilities as well as a base village with plenty of activities and amenities. Stowe has a unique lift system that includes a gondola that connects guests between Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, and its “sister” mountain, Spruce Peak.

Stowe averages 314 inches of annual snowfall that falls over its 2,360-foot vertical drop and 485 acres of skiable terrain. The 116 available trails are serviced by 13 lifts, bringing the hourly uphill capacity to 15,516 passengers.

Featured Reviews:

“Conditions were great! Accommodations were even better!”

“Best place to ski in Vermont. Well-maintained trails and friendly, patient ski instructors. Overall a beautiful place”


18. Mt. Baker Ski Area

Located near Glacier, Washington

4.6297 Rating

1,093 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $60

Skiable Acres: 1,000

Mt. Baker Ski Area is famous for having the highest unofficial annual snowfall of any ski resort in the world with an average of 641 inches and had the world’s highest recorded snowfall in one season with 1,140 in the 1998-99 season. Mt Baker is located in Whatcom County, Washington, at the end of State Route 542. The base elevation is at 3,500 feet, while the peak of the resort is at 5,089 feet. It is about 10 miles south of the 49th parallel, the international border with Canada.

Featured Reviews:

“Great on weekdays, crowds are minimal and lift lines are small”

“Filling and tasty food, friendly environment. 👍”


17. Killington Ski Area

Located near Killington, Vermont

4.6348 Rating

1,246 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $124

Skiable Acres: 1,509

Killington Mountain Resort & Ski Area is a ski resort near Killington, Vermont. It is the largest ski area in the eastern U.S. and has the largest vertical drop in New England at 3,050 feet. Starting in the 2013–14 ski season, it was given the title “Beast of the East.”

Featured Reviews:

“Great trails, friendly staff, great local restaurants, and good lodging options.”

“Family-friendly year round, this is the place to be in New England!”


16. Loveland Ski Area

Located in Summit County, Colorado

4.6395 Rating

1,362 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $79

Skiable Acres: 1,800

Loveland is Colorado’s fourth highest ski areas with a summit of 13,010 feet, and as a result, it is one of the first resorts to open every season. Loveland Ski Area is right next to the famous Eisenhower Tunnel and crosses the Continental Divide. With two base areas, Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin, skiers and riders have access to 1,800 acres with an additional 100 acres of hike-to terrain. Averaging 400 inches of snowfall annually, 93 trails offer everything from groomers to trees to big open bowls off the Ridge. Lift service is offered to 12,700 feet and the Ridge Cat now offers snowcat tours off of the North Side of the Ridge

Featured Reviews:

“The prices they charge are unbeatable and the service is great.”

“Good food, cheap price, awesome mountains, kind staffs, skillful instructors.”


15. Sundance Mountain Resort

Located near Provo, UT

4.6398 Rating

3,184 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $85

Skiable Acres: 450

Sundance Resort is one of the most unique ski resorts in Utah with its spectacular views and small town feel. The resort is set right behind the dramatic cliffs of Mount Timpanogos. The resort offers 42 runs spread out over 450 acres of skiable terrain. Experts will enjoy the higher section of the mountain that offers steeper, wide-open bowls while beginners and intermediates can stick to the groomed slopes that are immediately accessible from the base. There are several restaurants and bars located at the resort, including the Bearclaw Cabin, Tree Room as well as a grocery and general store. Owned by Robert Redford, Sundance is often involved with local entertainment, including a weekend series on the mountain and on open-air Broadway theatre in the fall.

Featured Reviews:

“Sundance is a special place. If you have a chance to be here at the beginning of the snow season, you are in for some amazing views and fantastic services.”

“Beautiful resort at the bottom of the slopes. Couldn’t ask for a better location to be for snowboarding or skiing. Great food too!”


14. Deer Valley Resort

Located in Park City, Utah

4.6418 Rating

2,200 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $169

Skiable Acres: 2,026

Deer Valley Resort is located just up the road from Main Street in Park City, Utah and is only about 35 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport. The ski resort is known as being one of the most luxurious resorts in the world and combines the famous snow of the Wasatch Range along with world-class dining, lodging, and nightlife. Its terrain varies from great powder, groomers, steeps, and moguls. With a 3,000-foot vertical drop and more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, skiers of all ages and abilities are sure to find the perfect slope.

Featured Reviews:

“Amazing resort and staff and slopes were wonderful!! Definitely will return!!”

“Love me some Deer Valley! Only been once but loved it. Would recommend.”


13. Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Located in Crested Butte, Colorado

4.6443 Rating

700 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $125

Skiable Acres: 1,500

Known for being one of the best ski towns in Colorado, Crested Butte provides an environment that offers gorgeous scenery, a rich mining history and lack of crowds. If you are looking for a truly western experience, Crested Butte is the place to go. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has a great blend of terrain that stretches across more than 1,500 skiable acres and offers a great fit for any ability type. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range.

Featured Reviews:

“The location is amazing as is the service and accommodations.”

“Had pizza at local place in town, The Secret Stash. Awesome!”


12. Snowbasin Resort

Located near Ogden, Utah

4.6589 Rating

2,835 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $115

Skiable Acres: 1,500

Even though it usually takes a backseat in the Utah ski resort hierarchy, Snowbasin is a heavyweight of its own. Located about 45 minutes north of Salt Lake International Airport and eight miles east of the Ogden Valley. Snowbasin has one of the best lift systems in the state, taking guests to diverse terrain ranging from beginner to expert and three terrain parks, wide-open bowls, trees and glades, groomers and an abundance of light, Utah powder. Snowbasin was the home for the 2002 Winter Olympics downhill and super-g alpine courses. Downtown Ogden offers a great aprés scene for when it’s time to retire from the slopes.

Featured Reviews:

“Wondering how could they serve that quality of food at this beautiful place.”

“A gorgeous setting, and a relaxing place to hang out with family.”


11. Monarch Mountain

Located near Gunnison, Colorado

4.6597 Rating

670 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $89

Skiable Acres: 800

Monarch Mountain is another high elevation Colorado resort on the list, delivering abundant snowfall, gorgeous scenery, and excellent terrain. The ski area is based high along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range within the San Isabel National Forest near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista, and Gunnison. The resort is known for its tree skiing as well as wide open alpine bowls and long intermediate trails.

Monarch Mountain is a great alternative for guests looking for a different choice from the mega-resorts along the I-70 corridor. Located about 150 miles southwest of Denver, Monarch Mountain is more of an out of the way experience that almost ensures short lift lines.

Featured Reviews:

“Clean bathrooms, nice staff, short lines, and a good variety of trails.”

“Prices have raised too high for its size, but no traffic and no lift lines.”


10. White Pass Ski Resort

Located near Yakima, Washington

4.6647 Rating

665 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $69

Skiable Acres: 1,402

Just 50 miles west of Yakima, Washington, White Pass Ski Area is in the heart of Mt. Rainer National Park in the Washington Cascades. White Pass offers incredible views of Ranier along with a vertical rise of over 2,000 ft. and 1,500 skiable acres with terrain from beginner to advanced for skiers and riders. 8 lifts service the area and includes a Nordic area as well as several terrain parks.

Featured Reviews:

“Friendly staff and a great variety of runs for all experience levels.”

“It’s a great place, great atmosphere. It’s a very family friendly place!!”


9. Brighton Resort

Located near Salt Lake City, Utah

4.6777 Rating

4,210 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $89

Skiable Acres: 1,050

Brighton Resort is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon and combines the “greatest snow on earth” along with a down to earth vibe. It remains the hub for Salt Lake locals with kids, as they provide one of the best ski schools in the state, as well as several difficulty levels off of nearly every lift. Lift tickets have remained lower than average for the area and it boasts some of the highest average annual snowfall in the state. Brighton also offers night skiing, with over 200 lighted acres.

Featured Reviews:

“Friendly staff, cheaper prices (compared to PC), great runs, and amazing views.”

“Small mountain (by Utah standards) but a great place to bring beginners.”


8. Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort

Located in Aspen, Colorado

4.6997 Rating

1,199 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $159

Skiable Acres: 5,303

Aspen is one of the most famous ski areas in the world. Comprised of four areas, skiers are delivered to more than 5,300 acres of terrain between Snowmass, Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Aspen is known for the town, shopping, dining and luxury hotels, but the skiing is also one of the best areas in the state, providing what is one of the most famous ski and snowboarding experiences you can find.

Featured Reviews:

“Food, shopping, fun, and drinks all within a short walk from each other!!!”

“Great variety and rooms, restaurants, and services.”


7. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Located near Loveland Pass, Colorado

4.7001 Rating

1,784 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $85

Skiable Acres: 1,458

Known simply as “The Legend”, Arapahoe Basin is located in the resort complex near the Eisenhower Tunnel. Having been in operation since 1946, A-Basin offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Arapahoe features a summit elevation of 13,050 feet with 960 accessible acres and an average snowfall of 350 inches. The terrain is rated 10% beginner, 30% intermediate, 37% advanced and 23% expert with the signature run Pallavicini as one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails.

Featured Reviews:

“The prices are fair and the quality of service is phenomenal!”

“Great mountain, easy access and parking with great facilities and eateries.”


6. Steamboat Ski Resort

Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

4.7071 Rating

1,229 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $179

Skiable Acres: 2,965

Steamboat Ski Resort, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a premier ski destination famous for its Champagne Powder. The resort is situated across seven mountain peaks within the Park Range and overlooks the Yampa Valley.

The area has a rich western heritage and is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Steamboat Springs has been dubbed Ski Town, U.S.A. due to the fact that more Olympians call Steamboat home than any other ski resort.

Featured Reviews:

“Free music and fireworks usually on Friday- check the website for details.”

“Cool place for the entire family. Very upscale and picturesque. The lift tickets were a bit pricey, but our kids had a good time.”


5. Sugarloaf

Located in Carrabassett Valley, Maine

4.7153 Rating

3,667 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $99

Skiable Acres: 1,240

Surrounded by Maine’s Western Mountains in the heart of the Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf offers the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing in the East. Offering 1,230 skier and rider accessible acres and a continuous 2,820 ft of vertical, Sugarloaf is Maine’s second highest peak. The annual snowfall totals 200 inches and 14 lifts provide access to 161 trails and glades and 3 progressive terrain parks

Featured Reviews:

“Whether it’s winter or summer, this is an iconic Maine destination.”

“No lift lines. Beautiful views. But this is the coldest mountain I’ve ever been on.”


4. Telluride Ski Resort

Located in Telluride, Colorado

4.7311 Rating

848 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $115

Skiable Acres: 2,000

Telluride Ski Resort is located in southwest Colorado, and like Crested Butte, features a base village that is rich in mining history and western heritage.  It used to be nicknamed “To-Hell-You-Ride” from its mining town days, the town of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Telluride Ski Resort boasts wide open views of the San Juan Mountains and is home to more than 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain. Telluride’s has a lift system of 19 lifts and 148 runs. With a lift-served elevation of 12,515 feet and a maximum elevation of 13,150 feet, the mountain has one of the most extended season in the state. Telluride’s terrain ranges from beginner to intermediate, with four hike-to terrain areas for advanced and expert skiers. The ski area offers multiple terrain parks for all skill levels as well as a nordic center for cross country skiing.

Featured Reviews:

“We stayed at condos which helped keep food costs in check.”

“For a small ski town, there’s lots of great music, year round.”


3. Wolf Creek Ski Area

Located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

4.7325 Rating

673 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $72

Skiable Acres: 1,600

Located in the San Juan and Rio Grande national forest between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, Colorado, Wolf Creek Ski Area is known to have “The Most Snow in Colorado”. Spanning across a high alpine ridge, Wolf Creek receives an annual snowfall of 430 inches of natural powder and is known for its incredible hike-to terrain. Bonanza Bowl, Exhibition Bowl and the North Woods are accessible daily offering moderately steep through steep and rocky glade terrain. Prospector Ridge, the Glory Hole, Boundary Bowl, Montezuma Bowl, the Peak Chutes, Alberta Peak, Step Bowl, Knife Ridge, and Horseshoe Bowl offer advanced intermediate and expert only terrain with limited gated access. 20% of Wolf Creeks’ slopes are beginner, 35% intermediate, 25% advanced and 20% expert.

Featured Reviews:

“Staff was great, kids took 1 hour lesson which they enjoyed.”

“So again, great prices, loads of snow, and the service was fantastic!!”


2. Powder Mountain

Located near Ogden, Utah

4.7533 Rating

1,443 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $88

Skiable Acres: 8,464

Featuring over 8,464 acres of accessible terrain, Powder Mountain resort, known as “Pow Mow” by the locals, boasts the most skiable acreage of any resort in the United States. Powder Mountain offers a variety of terrain just east of Eden, Utah, just 55 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

In addition to 2,800 acres of lift served terrain, they have 1,200 acres serviced by their Powder Country Shuttle, 700 acres accessed via the Lightning Ridge Snowcat Ride, as well as a Backcountry Tour Area that has 3,000 acres serviced by the Snowcat Powder Safari and 1,000 acres accessed by the DMI/Wolf Canyon Tours. The mountain receives over 500 inches of snow annually and consists of 167 ski trails, 9 lifts and two terrain parks. Powder Mountain has a day ticket limit of 1,500 tickets.

Featured Reviews:

“No wait for lines, best cat skiing around and tons of snow, great employees!”

“Lodges are dated but the food is great and prices are reasonable.”


1. Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Located near Logan, Utah

4.8140 Rating

586 Reviews

2018-19 Daily Maximum Lift Ticket: $50

Skiable Acres: 828

Beaver Mountain near Logan believes in the personal touch. The area has been family owned and operated since 1939 when the area was served by a single tow-rope. It has grown to service 4 lifts and one conveyer along with 48 runs and 2 terrain parks. The first snowboards were allowed on the slopes and the first boardercross race was held on Little Beaver in 1998. Now, annual Big Air and skier cross-country contests are held on the closing day of the season. With lift tickets providing one of the most affordable rates in Utah, it has become a family favorite for those wanting to bring their kids to “Ski the Beav.”

Featured Reviews:

“We absolutely love this place and come up every year with the whole crew!!”

“Great weather, friendly staff, comfortable Lodge and great food.”