Night skiing isn’t about epic terrain or even honing technique. It’s about community—and passion. Which is exactly why it belongs on every skier’s bucket list. While it’s true that the terrain is mostly mellow and the lift rides often bone-chilling, there’s something magical about booting back up for turns under the lights, music blaring from the base and beers around the bonfire (pre-Covid, at least).
Don’t knock it ’til you try it at one of these nine ski areas that spin the bull wheel after the sun goes down.
Crotched Mountain, N.H.
This N.H. community hill has become better known for its Midnight Madness night skiing from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. than its daytime offerings. Tickets are just $30, to boot.
Keystone Resort, Colo.
One of the original Colorado resorts to offer turns under the lights, Keystone’s night skiers get to warm up in the gondola between runs—a nice perk. Though with 2,000 vertical feet of skiing on tap from the 12,000-foot summit, you’ll be plenty warm.
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Sundance Resort, Utah
Sundance keeps the majority of its frontside open for night skiing four days a week until 9 p.m., and, new-this-year, the terrain park too.
Bolton Valley, Vt.
The only night skiing in Vermont, Bolton keeps slopes open until 10 p.m. five nights a week. It’s prime time to catch the sun setting over Lake Champlain from the resort’s west-facing slopes.
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Snow King, Wyo.
When the slopes of Jackson Hole aren’t enough for one day, you know you’re a special breed. Good thing Snow King, right in downtown Jackson, offers night skiing—er, evening skiing from 4 to 6 p.m.—Mondays through Saturdays.
Steamboat debuted lighted slopes served by the Christie Peak Express in 2013 and it’s since become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The town hill, Howelsen, also offers night skiing for only $10.
Snow Summit, Calif.
The SoCal resort sets its night skiing to music a handful of times throughout the season. The terrain is beginner and intermediate, though Westridge terrain park remains open, as well. What’s more, you can add the six hours of night skiing to your day ticket for only $10.
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Ore.
With almost 1,000 acres of lighted slopes, Mt. Hood has more night skiing than many resorts have on offer during the day. The 36 runs open for night skiing seven days a week range from bowls to groomers and are served by four lifts.
Brighton Resort, Utah
Brighton’s 200 illuminated acres are served by three lifts, plus the mountain’s main terrain park, Candyland, is also open for moonlit shredding. The bulk of the terrain is intermediate to advanced off of the Crest Express.