Top 10 Most Popular US Ski Resorts Ranked by Skier Visits

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The 10 most popular ski resorts in the United States, ranked by annual skier visits.  

Note: Winter Park, Copper, Park City, Squaw Valley and Killington could have higher annual skier visits but they chose not to make their numbers made public. Numbers are from 2012/13 ski season, the latest available.

No. 1 – Vail Mountain, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 1,634,250
Vail, CO.

No. 2 – Breckenridge Ski Resort, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 1,600,750

Breckenridge, CO

No. 3 – Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, CA

Annual Skier Visits: 1,128,500
Mammoth, CA

No. 4 – Keystone Resort, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 1,036,000

Keystone, CO.
Keystone, CO.

No. 5 – Steamboat Ski & Resort, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 923,576

Steamboat Springs = Ski Town, USA
Steamboat Springs = Ski Town, USA

No. 6 – Beaver Creek, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 919,000
Beaver Creek, CO

No. 7 – Heavenly Mountain Resort, CA/NV

Annual Skier Visits: 890,750

Heavenly, CA.
Heavenly, CA.

No. 8 – Northstar California Resort, CA

Annual Skier Visits: 737,000

Northstar, CA.
Northstar, CA.

No. 9 – Snowmass, CO

Annual Skier Visits: 732,251
Snowmass, CO

No. 10 – Okemo Mountain Resort, VT

Annual Skier Visits: 614,000

Okemo, VT
Okemo, VT

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15 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Popular US Ski Resorts Ranked by Skier Visits

  1. 2012-14 ski season? Which one is that?

    It would be nice if you’re going to print a list like this to specify the time period (averaging a few seasons is best to even out the good/bad snow years) and to be as comprehensive as possible.

    Travel & Leisure did this a few years back: The seasons were an average of 2008-2011.

    Guess what? Look at the numbers above vs. the Travel & Leisure article published in January 2013. An EXACT match!

  2. Nope. They left out places like Seven Springs and Holiday Valley who have higher skier visits than Okemo and Snowmass.

  3. The Northstar “annual skier visits” figure is from their record year (and record snowfall) of 2010-11, which was an outlier; it beat their previous record by around 80K. Their average during the four crappy winters since is about half that.

    You can bet that the figures for all the Vail resorts use their highest-ever skier counts, not a 5 or 10 year average. The year to year numbers vary with the snowpack. The true skier count is a closely guarded number, so as not to influence trading.

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