UPDATED: Which US State Has The Most Ski Resorts?

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During the 2020/21 ski season, 462 ski resorts were in operation in the United States of America, a slight decrease over the 470 the previous season. Of the 36 states with operating ski resorts, New York leads by an astounding number – 49 ski resorts operating in the state in 2020/21.

Last season 37 states had operating ski areas. Alabama drops off this season as Cloudmont Ski Area did not open due to the pandemic but should return for 21/22.

Two new ski areas opened last season; Kingvale Snow Schoolers, CA, and Skeethawk, AK.

Last season, seven areas were re-opened; Cockaigne, NY, Hermitage Club, VT, Mt. Jefferson, ME, Saddleback, ME, Tower Mountain, MI, Timberline Mountain, WV, Paul Bunyan, WI.

Historic totals show us that the 1991/1992 ski season had 546 Resorts in operation, the MOST for the last 25 years. 

The total number of ski resorts in operation during 2020/2021 by state:

Increase/decrease over the previous season in brackets

1. New York: 49 (-2)

2. Michigan: 39 (-1)

3. Wisconsin, Colorado: 31 each

4. California, New Hampshire: 30 each (both -3)

5. Pennsylvania: 26

6. Vermont: 24 (+1)

7. Minnesota, Maine: 20 (Maine +2)

8. Idaho: 16 (-1)

9. Montana, Utah: 15 each 

10. Washington: 14

11. Massachusetts, Oregon: 12 (Massachusetts -1)

12. Wyoming, Alaska: 10 each (Alaska +1)

13. New Mexico: 9

14. North Carolina: 6

15. Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio:: 5 each (West Virginia +1)

16. Illinois, Nevada: 4 each (Nevada -1)

17. Arizona, Iowa, South Dakota, New Jersey:  3 each (South Dakota +1)

18: Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota: 2 each (North Dakota -1)

19: Maryland, Rhode Island, Tennessee: 1 each

Total: 462 Resorts in Operation during the 2020/2021 ski season 

** Information provided by the National Ski Areas Association website





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22 thoughts on “UPDATED: Which US State Has The Most Ski Resorts?

  1. This news article did NOT make the distinction between Ski Areas and Ski Resorts. Ski Areas are like Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado. Ski Resorts are like Snowmass Ski Resort, Colorado and Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Wyoming. Ski Areas DON’T have lodges and/or hotels on their property. Ski Resorts have these lodging options. You may say, “we already know that”. Well why didn’t you make that distinction in the first place?

  2. FYI and fun fact. Idaho has 20. We skied all 20 for my sons 4th grade Idaho history project. Three of the ski areas (not “resorts”, which was mentioned previously) are not listed on The Idaho Ski association web page.

  3. Arizona has 4 ski hills, not 3, two are quite small.
    1. Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff
    2. Sunrise, Greer
    3. Elk Ridge, Williams
    4. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, Mt. Lemmon, Tuscon

    1. as a northern californian its funny seeing the people wanting to be on the skii list with us and other western states
      lol

  4. Didnt really answer the question accurately tho.
    All ski areas in a state total skiable acreage
    So in Colorado for example there is 20 something ski areas. The acreage of all these ski areas added up. The state with the most skiable acreage wins.
    It is alot of leg work(math)

  5. This is a good ski area acreage question.
    State with most “inbounds” acreage wins.
    Vast ski tenures or bc terrain do not count.
    If someone at snowbrains could get the calculator and state ski area lists, I think alot of people would like to see this info.

  6. Who has the most square miles of ski resorts? I’m guessing not NY. In fact, I think all the ski resorts of a small eastern state could probably fit into one resort somewhere in the west.

  7. Here is one for ya, SB!
    Japan 377,915 sq km
    California 403,882 sq km

    Japan has roughly 500+ resorts
    California 30

    put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    1. Hi Marcello,
      The National Ski Areas Association article I referenced did not provide a list of names for each resort. I have been looking for a list elsewhere on their website. The contact information they provide is nsaa@nsaa.org

      This link is ski areas by year:
      http://www.nsaa.org/media/275065/Number_of_Ski_Areas_by_Season_1516.pdf

      This link is ski area names operating in the U.S., but is from 2012, which saw 478(according to above link) ski resorts in operation:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ski_areas_and_resorts_in_the_United_States

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