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Beginner Skiing in America

Stateside ski resorts that do beginner skiing best.

Winter Park

7 interlinked ski areas, Peaceful, authentic town, Ea...

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Families
  • Groups

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Intermediate

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Snowboard

Steamboat

Legendary Champagne Powder, Friendly town, Quieter Co...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Powder skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Vail

World class resort, 2nd largest ski area ...

Great for:

  • Late season
  • Groups
  • Foodies

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Aspen

Ski legend, 4 mountains , As classy as it gets

Great for:

  • Celeb spotting
  • Non Skiers
  • Varied ski area

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Beaver Creek

World class customer service, Purpose built convenience

Great for:

  • Families
  • Luxury
  • Eating out

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Breckenridge

Huge ski area, Picturesque historic town, Great non-s...

Great for:

  • Late season
  • Après ski
  • Groups

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Park City

Award winning resort, Dry, plentiful powder, Large an...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Intermediates

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Buttermilk

Family friendly, Gentle mountain, Awesome terrain park

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Families
  • Freestyle

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Lake Tahoe

Over 20,000 skiable in bound acres, Californian/Neva...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Intermediates
  • Off piste

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Snowmass

One of Colorado’s biggest ski areas, Biggest vertic...

Great for:

  • Ski in/out accommodation
  • Intermediates
  • Families

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

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Spend your first ski holiday in the States and you’re off to a spectacular start. Resorts really pull out the stops to make first ski weeks wonderful, from the palpable passion of the English-speaking ski schools to the state-of-the-art learning facilities and gloriously wide, gentle groomers.
Choose accommodation near the lifts for speedy slope access OR stay in historic towns if you want to catch some culture – either way public transport systems make exploring the area a breeze. Only downside is… Once you’ve had a taste of America’s amazing ski resorts, they’re hard to beat.

USA: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Beginners

Despite world class terrain, a reputation as a fantastic family destination, being super close to Denver and having the best 10 year snowfall in Colorado, Winter Park has managed to remain down to earth. Fending off the glitzy, commercial nature associated with other resorts in the area, it lets the quality of skiing and terrain do the talking.

With its own mountain range and signature champagne powder, Steamboat resort is seriously world class (a record number of Olympians call it home). Ski Town USA - the legendary Cowboy town of Steamboat Springs - is a few miles down the mountain and we love its friendly locals, proper pubs and unpretentious vibe.

You’ll be hard pushed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Vail. Rivalling Aspen as the resort of choice for the uber rich and super famous, it’s the 2nd largest ski area in the USA, has a vibrant cosmopolitan town and offers an outstanding visitor experience - one of the best in the world.

“Prestige” is probably the word that best describes Aspen Snowmass. This is one of the most renowned resorts worldwide, with 4 ski areas, exclusive dining and après, high end shopping and the chance to rub shoulders with the A Listers. If you can afford Aspen Snowmass, there are few places to rival this exquisite destination.

Beaver Creek’s sense of sophistication is more subtle than its famously classy neighbour Vail, though many argue it’s of a higher calibre. Offering a quiet, convenient and refined skiing experience - a world away from home - this is a seriously good place to ski, with umpteen accolades to prove it.

We love Breck - an outstanding, all-round resort with a friendly atmosphere, heaps to do and an infectiously bubbly après scene. It’s the birthplace of competitive freestyle, has some of the highest quality skiing and snowboarding in the States and is repeatedly rated as one of the best ski resorts in the world.

The clouds that descend on Park City after crossing the neighbouring desert drop some of the best snow on earth onto the varied 3,300 acres of terrain. Group this with a vibrant and exciting town and you have the makings of an outstanding ski holiday for every type of snow lover.

A sanctuary for wobbly skiers everywhere, Buttermilk lets you in on Colorado’s legendarily light snow and spectacular surrounds without the stress of a mountain that’s too wide or steep. Family crowds flock here to learn to turn, but never in numbers big enough to mean you’ll find lift lines. A terrain park that’s often voted the best in the US and annually hosts the X Games keeps it all from getting too sedate.

When everyone thinks about the world’s biggest ski area, they immediately think of the Three Valleys, which works in Lake Tahoe’s favour as it keeps lift queues and piste density down. Add this to well over 20,000 acres of the most varied skiable terrain, Las Vegas style après, Californian sun and breath-taking views, and you have a truly epic ski area.

Worlds away from Aspen in cost and character, but only 9 miles away by location – Snowmass lives up to its name with LOTS of the white stuff, when it comes to both pistes and powder.

The definitive list of the top ten best beginner American ski resorts.

To learn to ski or snowboard in the very best Beginner American resorts, choose from our list of the USA's top Beginner ski resorts. Or widen your search to include other skiing country with our list of the Best Beginner Ski Resorts Worldwide

All of these learner ski resorts have at some stage held titles like "best Beginner American ski resort" or "best beginner snowboard resort in the USA", or been included in the winners lists of top novice ski resorts such as "top Beginner American resorts", "top Beginner American snowboarding resorts"... In a nutshell, they're the USA's best places to learn to ski.


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