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GUIDE: Best Snow Ski Resorts in the United States

There's more than a few things that go into evaluating ski resorts' snow profiles. According to our friends at Zrankings, the evaluation includes True Annual Snowfall, Days with 6+ inches, and the Terrain Orientation, among others. 

Below is the breakdown of the Best Snow Ski Resorts in the United States, with all ski resort information courtesy of Zrankings.

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Alta, Utah

True Annual Snowfall: 519 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 22.2%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 51%

Terrain Orientation 

North-facing: 53%

East-facing: 17%

West-facing: 29%

South-facing: 1%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 100.0

Ski Pass: Mountain Collective

Snow Forecast & Report: Alta

Daily Snow: Utah


Snowbird, Utah

True Annual Snowfall: 466 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 18.9%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 40%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 50%

East-facing: 16%

West-facing: 21%

South-facing: 13%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 94.7

Ski Pass: Mountain Collective

Snow Forecast & Report: Snowbird

Daily Snow: Utah


Grand Targhee, Wyoming

True Annual Snowfall: 465 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 20.3%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 42%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 20%

East-facing: 0%

West-facing: 60%

South-facing: 20%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 91.7

Ski Pass: N/A

Snow Forecast & Report: Grand Targhee

Daily Snow: Grand Targhee


Brighton, Utah

True Annual Snowfall: 431 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 18.5%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 36%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 43%

East-facing: 15%

West-facing: 32%

South-facing: 10%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 86.9

Ski Pass:  M.A.X. Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Brighton

Daily Snow: Utah


Wolf Creek, Colorado

True Annual Snowfall: 392 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 15.8%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 28%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 65%

East-facing: 35%

West-facing: 0%

South-facing: 0%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 86.3

Ski Pass: N/A

Snow Forecast & Report: Wolf Creek

Daily Snow: Colorado


Solitude, Utah

True Annual Snowfall: 400 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 16.9%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 28%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 55%

East-facing: 27%

West-facing: 15%

South-facing: 3%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 84.6

Ski Pass: M.A.X. Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Solitude

Daily Snow: Utah


Mt. Baker, Washington

True Annual Snowfall: 648 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 29.1%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 66%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 50%

East-facing: 25%

West-facing: 25%

South-facing: 0%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 83.9%

Ski Pass: N/A

Snow Forecast & Report:  Mt. Baker

Daily Snow: Northwest


Alyeska, Alaska

True Annual Snowfall: 494 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 22.8%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 51%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 35%

East-facing: 0%

West-facing: 40%

South-facing: 25%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 82.8

Ski Pass: Rocky Mountain Super Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Alyeska

Daily Snow: N/A


Kirkwood, California

True Annual Snowfall: 463 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 21.7%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 46%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 65%

East-facing: 25%

West-facing: 10%

South-facing: 0%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 82.5

Ski Pass: Epic Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Kirkwood

Daily Snow: Tahoe


Winter Park, Colorado

True Annual Snowfall: 348 inches

Days w/ 6+ inches: 13.4%

Months w/ 90+ inches: 10.6%

Terrain Orientation

North-facing: 50%

East-facing: 10%

West-facing: 38%

South-facing: 2%

Total Snow Score w/ Preservation: 81.9

Ski Pass: Rocky Mountain Super Pass

Snow Forecast & Report: Winter Park

Daily Snow: Colorado


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