USA Ski Season Dates for 2018 & 2019

The United States offers world class skiing enhanced by high annual snowfall – a combination which draws ski travellers from all over the world.

From snow laden powder slopes in Utah and Wyoming featuring stunning views and acres of trails to test your downhill, off piste and cross country skills, to the Colorado Rockies with beautiful champagne powder snow or the sunny slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The USA is home to plenty of fantastic and family friendly high quality ski resorts with big mountains and amazing ski terrain.

Most resorts in the U.S open in November, with some as late as mid-December. You’ll find a wide variance in closing dates with the earliest in March, all the way through to July! Be sure to check the ski season dates for the upcoming 2018/2019 season below before deciding which destination is best for you.

Utah Ski Season Dates

Utah provides a wide variety of options for all levels, from beginners through to off-piste adventurers. Most resorts are located around Salt Lake City, which makes it easier to travel between multiple ski resorts during your stay.

Alta Ski Resort

Opens: 27 November 2018
Closes: 28 April 2019

The iconic skier only Alta Resort is legendary in the U.S. amongst skiers. It’s known for its scenery, challenging terrain, tree skiing, and superb powder snow. Alta is located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Alta © Steve Lloyd

Deer Valley

Opens: 8 December 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

Deer Valley opens up a little later than most resorts in Utah, and offers an upscale experience which is exclusive to skiers – combining amazing service, luxury accommodation and gourmet dining.

Park City Mountain Resort

Opens: 21 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

The largest ski area in the United States, Park City Mountain offers world class skiing and riding across 7,300 acres of ski terrain. The scenic alpine town of Park City boasts a vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions including the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Powder Mountain

Opens: 30 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

If you are looking for deep powder, no lift lines, and acres of skiable terrain you won’t be disappointed, Powder Mountain receives an annual snowfall of 12 metres.


Opens: 24 November 2018
Closes: 24 May 2019

Snowbird receives on average over 12 metres of annual snowfall, making it a dream destination for powder lovers. Snowbird is undertaking renovations for the next season with improvements to the center hub, adding more walkway bridges and adding additional restaurants for visitors to enjoy.


Opens: 01 December 2018
Closes: 14 April 2019

Renowned for powder and uncrowded slopes, Solitude Ski Resort has transformed from a small ski hill into a large resort and offers impressive off piste terrain.

Wyoming Ski Season Dates

Wyoming has some big mountains with steep terrain. You can’t go wrong here; the state offers an abundance of powder with incredible views.

Jackson Hole

Opens: 24 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

Powder Skiing at Jackson Hole

In the heart of the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole is known as ‘The Big One’ with challenging and wild terrain, it’s best suited to intermediate and expert skiers who flock here to test their limits.

Oregon Ski Season Dates

Oregon is in the northwest region of the United States, and gets a ton of snow due to its location. The mountains here are different than the rockies, offering visitors amazing powder runs.

Mt. Bachelor

Opens: 24 November 2018
Closes: 26 May 2019

Mt Bachelor remains open all the way until June, making this a popular destination in the Northwest for Spring skiing.

Powder Skiing at Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Hoood Meadows

Opens: 24 November 2018
Closes: 05 May 2019

Mt Hood is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive from Portland and offers varied terrain for all levels of ability.


Opens: mid-November 2018
Closes: 01 June 2019

Timberline is located on the tallest mountain in Oregon, provides impressive terrain parks and has one of the longest ski seasons in North America.

Montana Ski Season Dates

From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, the western US state of Montana showcases its beauty, its breathtaking terrain and boasts some of the biggest skiing and snowboarding in North America.

Big Sky

Opens: 22 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Nestled in the state of Montana, Big Sky resort is considered the home of some of the biggest skiing in America with 5,800 acres spread across four mountains.

Skiing at Big Sky Resort
Skier Shredding the Slopes at Big Sky

California Ski Season Dates

Snow isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of California, but the area is home to some amazing ski experiences. With a generous amount of snow accumulation and great freestyle mountains, California has everything to offer.

Heavenly Tahoe

Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Set on Lake Tahoe and spread across the Nevada / California border, Heavenly Tahoe is aptly named – breathtaking views, amazing tree sking and over 9 metres of annual snowfall!

Mammoth Mountain

Opens: 10 November 2018
Closes: 04 July 2019

Mammoth Mountain is true to its name, with a huge vertical drop, significant annual snowfall and a resort village with all the amenities and après fun you could need. The season spans more than 6 months from the start of November, all the way through to July!


Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 14 April 2019

Located in North Tahoe, Northstar provides a world-class ski resort experience for visitors of all ages and abilities and an endless array of winter family adventures.


Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 02 June 2019

Previous host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw offers a vibrant ski holiday experience suitable for all levels with amazing views of Lake Tahoe.
Squaw remains open late into the season, so keep it in mind if you’re looking to take advantage of Spring deals.

Skier at Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley is Home to Stunning Views of Lake Tahoe

Colorado Ski Season Dates

The state of Colorado is home to the most ski resorts in USA. It is full of huge peaks and a ton of variety when it comes to terrain. All types of skiers can enjoy the classic Colorado Rockies, and for those passionate about skiing and boarding, it’s not to be missed!

Aspen Snowmass

Opens: 17 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Nestled in central Colorado, Aspen Snowmass offers four mountains (Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk) of impressive ski terrain, impressive après ski and world class accommodation.

Beaver Creek

Opens: 21 November 2018
Closes: 14 April 2019

Beaver Creek offers world class skiing in Colorado with impressive groomers, quality snow and great amenities including heated sidewalks!


Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Breckenridge offers fantastic ski/board experiences with five peaks of stunning terrain to explore, views of the Continental divide and a vibrant historic mountain town.

Crested Butte

Opens: 21 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

Located in Southwest Colorado, Crested Butte offers a friendly, laid-back vibe. A great place for families with over half the slopes catering to intermediate and beginners, but also amazing expert terrain and previous host of the Winter X Games.

Copper Mountain

Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Copper Mountain ski resort offers 360-degree views of the Rockies and ski terrain which is naturally divided in difficulty offering world-class skiing and riding for everyone.  The resort is also home to a world-class training facility – Woodward Copper where you can develop your freestyle ski and riding skills.

Skiing Copper Mountain
Skier at Copper Mountain Resort


Opens: 09 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

Keystone covers over 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain, with something for visitors of all abilities. It also features some of the best night skiing in the world, with multiple lifts and runs open until 10pm, so visitors can ski from sun up until sun down – if you’re that way inclined!


Opens: 21 November 2018
Closes: 14 April 2019

In the northwest of the Colorado Rockies, Steamboat offers 2,965 acres of ski terrain and is famous for its Champagne Powder® snow, tree skiing and exciting après ski.


Opens: 22 November 2018
Closes: 07 April 2019

Located in Southern Colorado in its own little box canyon, Telluride offers scenic beauty, character and legendary terrain with amazing views of the surrounding peaks of the San Juan Mountains.


Opens: 16 November 2018
Closes: 21 April 2019

Vail is one of the largest resorts in North America with over 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, lively nightlife, huge snowfall and just about every amenity you can think of.

Winter Park

Opens: 14 November 2018
Closes: 05 May 2019

Winter Park is the closest ski resort to Denver and offers over 3,000 acres of vast and varied ski terrain spread across its amazing Seven Territories.

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*Ski Resort Opening and Closing Dates are subject to change.

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