Those who love to ski and snowboard know that the best time to do so is when the powder is fresh. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knifing through a fresh mountain of snow with your skis or tablet, that was not made by a machine. We have outlined a list of the 10 ski resorts in the US with the highest annual snowfall below. Please note we are not scientists and this list will certainly not always be completely accurate due to changing weather patterns and climate shifting, but these resorts all have high annual snowfall numbers and are great options for your skiiing adventure.
10. Mount Hood, OR
With the only year round ski lift serviced skiing in North America nearby at Timberline, Mount Hood is in a prime location. You can see it on a clear day from Portland, with its incredibly pointy peak. At almost 5,000 feet elevation, Mount Hood also contains over 2,000 acres of slopes.
9. Palisades Tahoe, CA
Formerly known as Squaw Valley, they get 36+ feet of snow annually at their nearly 6,000 foot elevation. Check out our overnight parking and guide on the area here.
8. Sugarbowl, CA
Just northwest of Lake Tahoe, this lesser frequented ski resort surely possesses some incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains. There are also other resorts close by but none that get 37 feet of snow per year.
7. Kirkwood, CA
At almost 40 feet of fresh powder per year, this scenic resort takes the cake for California. Makes sense as it sits at almost 8,000 feet elevation.
6. Steven’s Pass, WA
Situated near Seattle, Washington these 1,100 acres get north of 40 feet of snow per year.
5. Grand Targhee, WY
Sitting at 8,000 feet elevation and accumulating 40+ feet of snow annually, this Jackson Hole destination is a premier spot for any winter lover. They probably get more at the top as the top peaks run another 1,000 feet into the sky.
4. Brighton/Solitude, UT
Also known as the Solitude ski area, they accumulate over 42 feet of snow each year. Check out our Brighton parking and travel guide here.
3. Snowbird, UT
Measuring the same as Brighton below, 42 feet of snow await those who visit.
2. Alyeska, Alaska
With over 54 feet of snow per year, this resort is the only one not in the lower 48. The images online make this look like an unforgettable place.
1. Mount Baker, WA
Amassing over 54 feet of snow per season, this is considered one of the snowiest resorts in the world. Also of note, you will be skiing on a stratovolcano.
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