Brand-new ski areas became a rarity after about 1980. However, a few terrain-park only facilities have been popping up recent years such as the Liberty Snowflex Centre in Virginia that has an artificial surface rather than snow.
That leaves just four full-fledged ski areas with 21st-century roots.
1. Cherry Peak (2015)
Cherry Peak became Utah’s 14th ski resort when its lifts started spinning on December 21, 2015. With about 200 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 1,265 feet, the resort hopes to draw largely from the nearby city of Logan.
2. Tamarack Resort (2004)
A group of homeowners bought part of this Idaho resort to ensure it would open for the 2016-17 ski season. Despite some financial hardships, the skiing experience is actually pretty impressive. A vertical drop of 2,800 feet across 1,000 skiable acres puts Tamarack in the “destination resort” category.
3. Silverton Mountain (2002)
Aaron and Jen Brill realized their dream of opening an experts-only ski area near the remote town of Silverton, Colorado. The mountain has just one double chairlift, but skiers and boarders come from around the world to try this unique attraction.
4. Mount Bohemia (2000)
Surviving Y2K must have made everyone brave, because this Michigan ski area is another remote spot catering to experts. The idea of steep-and-deep in the Midwest may seem a little strange, but those who have made the trek there understand.