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Downhill Thrills: Skiing and Boarding in our National Forests

With 122 ski and snowboard areas across the country, National Forests offer deep powder adventures and wide-open groomed runs with appeal for both beginners and veterans alike. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, many forests provide opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding and snowmobiling.

As you plan your mountain escape, remember that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, when children and adults are encouraged to learn and hone their slope-carving skills. Kids can also earn a Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger Program badge by learning about winter outdoor fun, safety and stewardship.

Enjoy downhill thrills, and more, at any of the National Forest ski areas listed below, then check out our Avalanche Safety Tips before embarking on your winter adventure.

Looking for something a little more mellow? Check out the Tranquil Winter Escapes Go List.

Search by state: Arizona, California , Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

Arizona

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Arizona Snowbowl Coconino Flagstaff, AZ
Mt. Lemmon Coronado Mt. Lemmon, AZ
Elk Ridge Ski Area Kaibab Williams, AZ
Ski Sunrise Eldorado Greer, AZ

California

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Mountain High Angeles Wrightwood, CA
Mt. Waterman
Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Mt. Baldy
Angeles
Mt. Baldy, CA
Kirkwood Ski
Eldorado Kirkwood, CA
Sierra at Tahoe
Eldorado Twin Bridges, CA
June Mountain
Inyo June Lake, CA
Mammoth Inyo Mammoth Lakes, CA
Heavenly Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit
Stateline, NV
Homewood Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit
Homewood, CA
Diamond Peak Incline
Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit
Incline Village, NV
Stover Mountain
Lassen
Cedarville, CA
Cedar Pass
Modoc
Big Bear Lake, CA
Bear Mountain
San Bernardino Running Springs, CA
Big Air/Green Valley
San Bernardino
Big Bear Lake, CA
Snow Summit
San Bernardino
Big Bear Lake, CA
Snow Valley
San Bernardino
Running Springs, CA
Shirley Meadow
Sequoia
Wofford Heights, CA
Sierra Summit
Sierra Lakeshore, CA
Bear Valley
Stanislaus Bear Valley, CA
Dodge Ridge
Stanislaus Pinecrest, CA
Sugarbowl
Tahoe Norden, CA
Donner Ski Ranch
Tahoe Norden, CA
Boreal Ridge
Tahoe Truckee, CA
Alpine Meadows
Tahoe Tahoe City, CA
Squaw Valley
Tahoe Olympic Valley, CA

Colorado

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Eldora Mountain
Arapaho-Roosevelt
Nederland, CO
Loveland
Arapaho-Roosevelt
Georgetown, CO
Winter Park
Arapaho-Roosevelt
Winter Park, CO
Powderhorn Resort
Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison
Mesa, CO
Crested Butte
Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison Crested Butte, CO
Telluride Ski
Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison Telluride, CO
Steamboat
Medicine Bow-Routt
Steamboat, CO
Monarch
Pike-San Isabel
Monarch, CO
Ski Cooper
Pike-San Isabel
Leadville, CO
Wolf Creek
Rio Grande
Pagosa Springs, CO
Durango Mt. Resort
San Juan
Durango, CO
Aspen Highlands
White River
Aspen, CO
Aspen Mountain
White River
Aspen, CO
Buttermilk
White River
Aspen, CO
Snowmass
White River
Snowmass, CO
Ski Sunlight
White River
Glenwood Springs, CO
Arapahoe Basin
White River
Keystone, CO
Breckenridge
White River
Breckenridge, CO
Keystone
White River
Keystone, CO
Vail
White River
Vail, CO
Beaver Creek
White River
Avon, CO
Copper Mountain
White River Copper Mtn., CO

Idaho

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Bogus Basin Boise Boise, ID
Pebble Creek Caribou-Targhee Inkom, ID
Kelly Canyon Caribou-Targhee
Ririe, ID
Brundage Mountain Payette
McCall, ID
Payette Lakes/Little Hill
Payette
McCall, ID
Magic Mountain
Sawtooth Twin Falls, ID
Pomerelle Sawtooth Albion, ID
Soldier Mountain
Sawtooth Fairfield, ID
Sun Valley
Sawtooth Sun Valley, ID
Lookout Pass
Idaho Panhandle
Mullan, ID
Lost Trail
Bitterroot Conner, MT

Michigan

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Indian Head Ottowa Wakefield, MI

Montana

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Lookout Pass Idaho Pandhandle Mullen, ID
Discovery Basin
Beaverhead-Deerlodge Anaconda, MT
Maverick Mountain Beaverhead-Deerlodge Polaris, MT
Lost Trail Bitterroot Conner, MT
Red Lodge Mountain
Custer Red Lodge, MT
White Fish Resort
Flathead Whitefish, MT
Blacktail Flathead Lakeside, MT
Bridger Bowl
Gallatin
Bozeman, MT
Teton Pass
Lewis and Clark
Choteau, MT
Showdown Lewis and Clark Neihart, MT
Montana Snow Bowl
Lolo Missoula, MT
Turner Mountain
Kootenai Libby, MT

New Hampshire

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Attitash White Mountain Bartlett, NH
Loon Mountain
White Mountain Lincoln, NH
Waterville Valley White Mountain Waterville Valley, NH
Wildcat Mountain White Mountain Gorham, NH

Nevada

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard
Humbolt-Toiyabe Las Vegas, NV
Mt. Rose/Slide Mtn.
Humbolt-Toiyabe Reno, NV
Heavenly Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit
S. Lake Tahoe, NV
Homewood Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit Homewood, NV
Diamond Peak Incline
Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit Incline Village, NV

New Mexico

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Red River Carson Red River, NM
Sipapu Carson Vadito, NM
Taos Carson Taos Ski Valley, NM
Sandia Peak Cibola Sandia Park, NM
Snow Canyon (Cloudcroft)
Cibola Cloudcrosft, NM
Ski Apache
Lincoln Mescalero, NM
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

Oregon

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Mt. Bachelor
Deschutes and Ochoco Bend, OR
Mt. Hood Meadows
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood, OR
Cooper Spur Mt. Hood Mt. Hood, OR
Mt. Hood Skibowl Mt. Hood Government Camp, OR
Summit Ski Mt. Hood Mt. Hood, OR
Timberline Mt. Hood
Timberline Lodge, OR
Ski Ashland
Rogue River-Siskiyou Ashland, OR
Anthony Lakes
Wallowa-Whitman North Power, OR
Hoodoo Ski Bowl Willamette
Sisters, OR
Spout Springs Umatilla
Weston, OR
Willamette Pass Willamette Eugene, OR

Utah

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Alta Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Alta, UT
Brighton Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Brighton, UT
Snowbird Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Snowbird, UT
Solitude Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Solitude, UT
Snowbasin Uinta-Wasatch-Cache
Huntsville, UT
Brian Head
Dixie
Brian Head, UT

Vermont

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Bromley Green Mountain Peru, VT
Mt. Snow Green Mountain West Dover, VT
Sugarbush Green Mountain Warren, VT

Washington

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
49 Degrees North Colville Chewelah, WA
Crystal Mountain Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Crystal Mountain, WA
Mt. Baker Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Bellingham, WA
Stevens Pass Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Skykomish, WA
Summit at Snoqualmie
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Loup Loup
Okanogan and Wenatchee
Okanogan, WA
White Pass
Okanogan and Wenatchee White Pass, WA
Mission Ridge
Okanogan and Wenatchee
Wenatchee, WA
Leavenworth Ski Hill
Okanogan and Wenatchee
Leavenworth, WA
Ski Bluewood
Umatilla
Dayton, WA

Wyoming

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Antelope Butte Bighorn Dayton, WY
Sleeping Giant
Shoshone
Cody, WY
Snowy Range
Medicine Bow-Routt
Centennial, WY
Grand Targhee
Caribou-Targhee
Alta, WY
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Bridger-Teton
Teton Village, WY
Snow King
Bridger-Teton
Jackson Hole, WY
White Pine
Bridger-Teton
Pinedale, WY