UPDATED: Which US State Has The Most Ski Resorts?

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During the 2021/22 ski season, 462 ski resorts were in operation in the United States of America, a slight increase over the 462 the previous season. Of the 36 states with operating ski resorts, New York leads by an astounding number – 52 ski resorts operating in the state in 2020/21.

Two seasons ago 37 states had operating ski areas. Alabama dropped off last season as Cloudmont Ski Area did not open due to the pandemic and did not return for 21/22.

Twelve new ski areas opened last season: Quarry Road, ME; 77 Snow Park, VT; Vermont Tech, VT; Emery Park, NY; Skytop, PA; Locust Lake, PA; Winter Park, WI; Hiawatha, MI; Bear Canyon, MT; Chapman Hill, CO; Lee’s Ski Hill, CO, and Blizzard Mountain, ID

Last season, nine areas were re-opened: Northampton Park, NY; Double H Ranch, NY; Villa Roma, NY; Standing Rocks, WI; Ski Brule, MI; Snowhaven, ID; Elko Snobowl, NV; Badger Pass, CA, and Sitzmark, WA

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 2021/2022 by state:

Increase/decrease over the previous season in brackets

1. New York: 52 (+3)

2. Michigan: 39

3. Wisconsin: 33 (+2)

4. Colorado: 32 (+1)

5. California, New Hampshire: 26 (both -4)

6. Pennsylvania, Vermont: 26 (VT +2)

7. Maine: 21 (+1)

8. Minnesota: 20

9. Idaho: 18 (+1)

10. Montana: 16 (+1)

11. Utah, Washington: 15 (WA +1)

12. Massachusetts: 12

13: Oregon: 11 (-1)

14. Wyoming, Alaska: 10 each

15. New Mexico: 8 (-1)

16. North Carolina: 6

17. Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Nevada: 5 each (NV +1)

18. Illinois, New Jersey: 4 (NJ +1)

19. Arizona, Iowa, South Dakota:  3 each (SD +1)

20: Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota: 2 each

21: Maryland, Rhode Island, Tennessee: 1 each

Total: 473 Resorts in operation during the 2021/2022 ski season 

** Information provided by the National Ski Areas Association website

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

  1. CO will always be ski central in US!! Think they get most ski tourism revenue and visitors in US each year…not if that is a good thing.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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:

      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:

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