New York State has the most ski resorts, with 50. Alabama, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Tennessee are at the other end of the spectrum, with one each.

The National Ski Areas Association, an organization whose members include most major ski resorts across the country, keeps tabs on an astonishing amount of information. One nugget is the number of ski areas per state, which has generally trended down over the years, as evidenced by 20 years worth of data that shows 622 resorts operated in the 1987-1988 season, compared with 481 last season.

That's no surprise to skiers and riders, who have witnessed ongoing closings and consolidations among resorts.

Back to the numbers of NSAA member resorts per state operating last winter. Thirty-seven states have ski resorts.

  1. New York: 50
  2. Michigan: 38
  3. Wisconsin: 34
  4. Pennsylvania: 32
  5. California: 29
  6. Colorado: 28
  7. New Hampshire: 26
  8. Vermont: 24
  9. Maine: 19
  10. Minnesota: 18
  11. Idaho: 16
  12. Montana: 17
  13. Washington: 16
  14. Utah: 14
  15. Massachusetts: 13
  16. Oregon: 13
  17. Alaska: 10
  18. New Mexico: 10
  19. Wyoming: 8
  20. Illinois: 7
  21. North Carolina: 7
  22. Ohio: 6
  23. Connecticut; 5
  24. Nevada; 5
  25. West Virginia: 5
  26. Arizona: 4
  27. Iowa: 4
  28. North Dakota: 4
  29. Virginia: 4
  30. Indiana: 3
  31. New Jersey: 3
  32. South Dakota: 3
  33. Missouri: 2
  34. Alabama: 1
  35. Maryland: 1
  36. Rhode Island: 1
  37. Tennessee: 1.