Night skiing is a unique skiing experience you can’t just have anywhere. And night skiing’s history is just as unique. It dates back to post-World War I, when Clarence (Clare) Bousquet, an injured World War I veteran, turned his profitable mink farm into the small rope tow-served ski slope of Bousquet near Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Bousquet lured skiers from New York City for night skiing, with the help of then locally-based General Electric, which installed mercury vapor floodlights on the slopes.
Night skiing was born, opening up the sport to those who couldn’t play during the day time and extending the hours of those who could. It would later flourish once Webb Moffet, the owner of Snoqualmie Summit, added lights almost a decade later, giving Seattle area skiers the option of skiing under the lights.
Today, skiing under the lights has become a staple skiing experience in most North America ski regions, and continues at Bousquet many decades later. Skiers and riders can watch the sunset as the evening hours begin and the moonrise as the night continues, usually until 9 or 10 p.m. at many resorts, but sometimes later on weekend nights. Below, discover the best ski resorts in North America for night skiing.
18 of the best North America ski resorts for night skiing
Cranmore, New Hampshire
Cranmore, in the White Mountain town of North Conway, is where skiing really took off in America once Hannes Schneider, the famed Austrian skimeister, made his home here. These days, or rather nights, Cranmore spins its lifts until 8 p.m. on its south slope, offering access to five beginner to beginner-intermediate trails on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and holidays. Note that trails open for night skiing and snowboarding are not regroomed midday, so conditions are variable. Night skiers and snowboarders here should be comfortable riding a chairlift and navigating intermediate terrain. Rental equipment is available for night skiing from 2-8 p.m.
Located an hour from Boston, Wachusett offers nighttime skiing and boarding from 7-9:30 p.m. nightly from mid-December until mid-March. Note that exact closing times can sometimes vary, so Wachusett recommends checking their snow report before arriving. A night-only ski pass is offered for $299 in 2024.
Bolton Valley, Vermont
Bolton Valley, located just 30 minutes from Burlington and Montpelier, is the only Vermont ski area offering night skiing and riding. Even better if you can play during the daytime, your lift ticket also gives you nighttime skiing, which takes places 5 nights per week from 4-10 p.m. Night skiing runs from Tuesday to Saturday and during holiday periods (but not on Christmas Eve and Day). Views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains make this such an extraordinary New England ski experience.
Granite Peak, Wisconsin
Granite Peak started small, but Rib Mountain Winter Sports Area, as it was called then, became the first major Midwest ski area to offer night skiing in 1955. Night skiing today is from 4-9 p.m. on most of the hill, offering some variety and challenge. Granite Peak’s light source is 28 large spotlights ranging from 500 to 1,500 watts mounted on 7 poles on the lower open slopes.
Boyne Mountain, Michigan
Founded in 1947 by Everett Kirchner, Boyne Resorts is now the third largest mountain resort company in North America. Night skiing at Boyne Mountain runs December until mid-March (weather dependent) from 5-9 p.m. on select dates. See the complete list of dates here. Trails are serviced by the Meadows Doppelmayr Quad. The Highlands, Boyne Mountain’s sister resort, offers night skiing Wednesday to Saturday until 9 p.m. Note that tickets are not interchangeable.
Keystone boasts one of the longest ski days in Colorado, with its night skiing operations taking place out of River Run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Its night skiing season kicks off for the November and December holiday weekends, and then really ramps up in January, primarily on Friday and Saturday evenings. It wraps up at the end of March. Check out Keystone’s website for the complete schedule.
Both Keystone and Steamboat are great examples of major destination ski resorts offering night skiing. The Christie Peak Express high-speed chairlift whisks skiers to the top of Christie Peak (8,000 feet) for an evening adventure across five trails including Sitz, See Me, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo. All levels of skiing and riding are available with two beginner, two intermediate and one advanced trail. Cruise down 1,100 vertical feet of terrain under state-of-the-art Ultra-Tech Lighting that significantly lights up the slopes. Night skiing runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. from mid-December until the end of March, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. Steamboat’s Night Skiing Combo includes a night lift ticket and rental equipment.
“Brighton up your nights,” as Brighton urges, with night skiing Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This season, skiers and riders can shred Ziggy and Pine Martin under the stars in addition to last season’s Snake Creek, Crest Express, Majestic and Explorer runs. Beginners can even take lessons at night, as Brighton offers group lessons on Thursday nights. Night Riding is available from mid-December through mid-March. However, note that night skiing isn’t available on Sundays, and Christmas Eve, Christmas Night, and New Year’s Eve.
Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah
Sundance, about an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport, opens up most of its front mountain, plus its terrain park, for night skiing a few days each week. Skiers and snowboarders at Sundance can enjoy night skiing, beginning in mid-December, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30-9 p.m. Sundance’s lit runs include Top Gun, Montoya, Stampede, Maverick, and more. Note that night skiing isn’t offered Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
Snow King Resort, Wyoming
Night skiing is available in the heart of Jackson Hole at Snow King from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It’s the only night skiing in Jackson Hole so those who ski and ride at the massive destination ski area of Jackson Hole can finish off the experience at Snow King. Snow King access is easy, too, even if you don’t have a car. Just take the START bus straight to the slopes.
Boreal, Lake Tahoe, California:
Night skiing in the Lake Tahoe area at Boreal is an iconic California skiing experience. Purchase the Boreal Night Pass and get access from 3-8 p.m, 7 nights a week, all season long at Boreal. No blackout dates or reservations are needed, and the pass is the same price for all ages. Perks of the Boreal Night Pass include a $25 Buddy Pass and one day at Woodward Tahoe, the action sports center.
Mt. Hood Skibowl, Oregon
Mt. Hood Skibowl is home to the largest night skiing operation in America, lighting up three chairlifts, including Upper Bowl, for the biggest, best night skiing in America. From beginner to expert runs, Mt. Hood Skibowl has it all, lighting up more than 30 runs for night skiing. Ski or ride from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Refuel at Mt. Hood Skibowl’s historic mid-mountain Warming Hut between laps.
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington
Located about an hour from Seattle on I-90, Summit at Snoqualmie continues to offer a huge amount of night skiing since becoming the first in the West to do so nearly 8 decades ago. Night skiing happens across Summit at Snoqualmie, including Alpental, but check their website and social media channels for the latest terrain updates. Hours are subject to change without notice because of weather conditions.
Stevens Pass, Washington
East of Seattle 80 miles is Stevens Pass, another great major ski resort with night skiing operations. Night skiing typically kicks off at Stevens Pass early in the season, and goes until early- to mid-March. Night skiing operates from 3-10 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays. Stevens Pass even offers lessons and coaching programs at discounted rates on select evenings during the winter, including College Nights during Dew After Dark every Thursday from January 4 through March 14.
Bogus Basin, Idaho
Skiers and snowboarders have been skiing under the light at Bogus Basin since 1964. Night skiing happens daily, until 10 p.m., providing 12 hours of skiing at the nonprofit ski area in Idaho. Bogus Basin’s popular Night Season Pass offers access to the mountain from 6 p.m. to close all winter long. The Night Season Pass, which costs just over $100 (depending on when you purchase it), is one of the best pass deals you’ll find.
Bromont boasts the largest lit ski area in North America. With more than 1,500 snow guns, Bromont guarantees conditions day or night over its 450 acres of skiable terrain. The headliner, however, is Nuits Blanches, which is French for “sleepless nights.” Taking place several evenings during the ski season, Nuits Blanches pulls out all the stops for all-night skiing and aprés-ski until 1 a.m. Enjoy night skiing, a DJ, dancing, outdoor bars, games, contests, and more throughout the night. See dates and more info on Bromont’s website.
Mt. Norquay, Canada
Ski or ride at the only night skiing in the Canadian Rockies on the flood-lit runs of Mt. Norquay, off the Cascade Chair. Norquay, part of SkiBig3’s Banff area resorts, is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights from January until mid-March from 5 to 9 p.m. Norquay’s terrain park is fully lit as well. Food service is available at the Cascade Lodge Cafeteria and North American.
Big White, Canada
Ski under bright lights at the largest night skiing area in Western Canada, at Big White, from 3:30-8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The lights on the Bullet Express and Plaza Chair give you access to acres upon acres of terrain. Big White’s night lift capacity exceeds 3,000 people per hour as the Plaza and Bullet high-speed chairs bring skiers and riders to the top of the longest vertical drop (1,955 feet from the top of the Bullet lift) of all night skiing areas in North America. Its TELUS Park terrain park is open Friday and Saturday nights.
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