Based on data compiled by the National Ski Areas Association, there were 481 active ski resorts in the United States at the start of last season. Intuitively, you might think the bulk of those businesses would be clustered in the Northeast or in the Rocky Mountain states. But once you get past list-topping New York (50 commercial mountains), the state-by-state standings take a discernible shift toward flatter territory.
Michigan (38), Wisconsin (34), and Pennsylvania (32) rank second through fourth in number of operational areas. New Hampshire is seventh, with 26 resorts. Farther down the list are Vermont (24), Maine (19), Massachusetts (13), and Connecticut (5).
Rhode Island is one of four states with only one active ski area. Trying to come up with the other three – Alabama, Maryland, and Tennessee – is a good way to kill time with trivia on a chairlift ride.