These are the most popular ski resorts in the United States this season!
Read on to discover which are the most searched ski resorts on Google in 2023/24
Ski season is upon us! As usual, skiing in the US attracts snow enthusiasts from all levels and backgrounds. Whether you are with your family, a group of friends, or on a solo trip, there are plenty of reasons to head to the mountains. But which resort should you choose?
Holidu, the booking portal for holiday rentals, decided to carry out a study to determine which ski resorts in the US are the most popular on Google this year. Information regarding ski pass prices as well as the accommodation costs have also been included to show you out of the most popular, which resorts offer the best value for money. Get ready to hit the slopes for some epic trips without needing to break the bank!
The final ranking highlights that:
- Crystal Mountain in Washington takes first prize as THE most popular ski resort in 2023
- SEVEN states feature resorts in the top 10
- Colorado (3 resorts) and Vermont (2 resorts) dominate the top 10
1. Crystal Mountain, WA | Avg. 111,400 searches per month
It’s official – the most popular ski resort in the US for the 2023/24 season is Crystal Mountain! With a whopping 111,400 searches every month in the last year, Crystal Mountain’s popularity is clear. This is Washington’s largest ski resort with 11 lifts and over 50 runs covering more than 2,600 acres of terrain, and is around 2 hours from Seattle. If you’re lucky, head to Crystal on a clear day, you will be treated to incredible views of the surrounding Cascade Range and the epic Mt. Rainier!
Image: Crystal Mountain credit Patrick Neil via Wikimedia Commons
2. Palisades Tahoe, CA | Avg. 87,800 searches per month
Heading to California next, Palisades Tahoe secures its position as the second most popular ski resort this year! Located in Olympic Valley, northwest of Tahoe City in the Sierra Nevada range, Palisades Tahoe is home to 34 lifts and a whopping 6,000 acres of skiable mountain. Palisades Tahoe is no stranger to popularity, having often been cited as one of North America’s best resorts. It is also known as one of the most advanced ski areas, ranking in the top 10% of most difficult ski resorts in North America thanks to its 59% of trails that are expert-level rated. Beginners and intermediate skiers need not worry, as the huge size of this resort means that it still has plenty to offer less experienced and confident skiers.
3. Copper Mountain, CO | Avg. 82,500 searches per month
Copper Mountain in Colorado is the third most popular US ski resort this year with an impressive 82,500 monthly searches, more than 20,000 more than the fourth place resort. And rightly so! From its world-class skiing and snowboarding terrain to its charming villages filled with family-friendly activities and accommodation options, it’s not hard to see why this is the nation’s must-visit resort.
4. Snowbird, UT | Avg. 60,600 searches per month
Snowbird in Utah takes the fourth place spot with an average of 60,600 monthly searches in the past year. Snowbird is located in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, and it offers a wide range of winter activities for the whole family. From classic skiing and snowboarding to more alternative choices like snowmobiling and snowshoeing, Snowbird offers it all!
5. Hunter Mountain, NY | Avg. 51,500 searches per month
Hunter Mountain in New York is the fifth most popular this year! The resort belongs to Hunter, Greene County, and is approximately three hours northwest of New York City. Hunter is a subsidiary of Colorado-based Vail Resorts, a company that owns a number of the most popular ski resorts on this list. The resort has terrain across three mountains and one of its best features is its state-of-the-art snowmaking that covers all trails, which has resulted in it being dubbed the “snowmaking capital of the world”. Hunter Mountain also has quite an even breakdown of beginner, intermediate, and expert trails, meaning ski and snowboarders of all abilities will enjoy a trip to this fantastic resort!
Holidu used a list of more than 70 ski resorts in the United States and extracted the average monthly Global Search Volume for each resort in the last 12 months. The data was extracted in October 2023.
If you are interested in the ranking from the previous season (2022/23), check out the table below:
Holidu surveyed 100 ski resorts in the United States, Holidu extracted the average Global Search Volume for each resort per month in the past year. Information regarding prices for daily ski passes was taken from the official websites of the ski resorts. Where seasonal prices for 2022/2021 were not available, prices for 2021/2022 were used as a reference. The price shown in the table is the average of the daily ski pass price in the low season and in the high season.