Which U.S. State Has The Most Ski Resorts?

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During the 2018/2019 ski season, 476 ski resorts were in operation in the United States of America, a slight increase over the previous season. Of the 37 states with operating ski resorts, New York leads by an astounding number – 51 ski resorts operating in the state in 2018/19.

Historic totals show us that 1991/1992 ski season had 546 Resorts in operation, this being the MOST for the last 25 years. It’ll be interesting to see last season’s number when the reports comes out in a couple of months.

The total number of ski resorts in operation during 2018/ 2019 by state:

1. New York: 51 

2. Michigan: 43

3. Wisconsin and Colorado: 31 each

4. California and New Hampshire: 30 each

5. Pennsylvania: 26

6. Vermont: 25

7. Maine and Minnesota: 20 each

8. Idaho: 17

9. Washington, Montana, and Utah: 14 each

10. Massachusetts: 13

11. Oregon: 12

12. Wyoming: 10

13. New Mexico & Alaska: 9 each

14. North Carolina: 6

15. Connecticut, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Nevada, and Ohio:: 5 each

16. Arizona, Iowa, and South Dakota: 3 each

17. North Dakota, New Jersey, Indiana, and Missouri:: 2 each

18.  Alabama, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Tennessee: 1 each

Total: 476 Resorts in Operation during the 2018/2019 ski season 

** Information provided by the National Ski Areas Association website


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6 thoughts on “Which U.S. State Has The Most Ski Resorts?

    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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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