Best Ski Resorts for Night Skiing
May 29, 2020
For those who just can't get enough time on the slopes, there are some fantastic ski resorts that offer top-notch night skiing, so you can continue those turns well into the evening. Skiing the resort under the bright lights is a wonderful experience, especially with snowfall falling from the night sky, offering fresh tracks (and no crowds to fight over them!). Here's are Scout's picks for the best ski resorts for night skiing.
One of our favourite ski resorts for night skiing is Niseko. All three resort areas at Annupuri, Niseko Village, and Hirafu all offer night skiing, so no matter where you have your home base, you can continue skiing well into the evening. The best part about night skiing in Niseko is that the lights are so bright, you can even head into the trees. Rather than just one ski run, there are a number of slopes available for all levels of skiers, even moguls! Night skiing is open until 8:30PM daily.
Big White is home to some of the best night skiing terrain in Canada. Off the Plaza and Bullet Chairs, there is a considerable amount of terrain open for those keen to make the most out of their lift pass, and on a non-stop snow day, you can make some fantastic powder turns. Night skiing runs until 8:00PM and there are ski runs for all ability levels, so a great time for beginners to fine tune their skills without the crowds.
Steamboat Springs offers over 1,100 vertical feet of skiable terrain that is open for night skiing, making it a must-ski when on your ski vacation. The resort also boasts new lighting technology which assists with the skier experience and making those late night turns. There are 5 open trails accessible off the Christie Peak Express Chairlift, and available to all abilities. Our top recommendation is watching the stunning sunset from the top of the gondola before making some turns back down to the base. Night skiing is open Thursday to Monday until 8:30pm.
Our top pick in Switzerland for night skiing is St Moritz - The Corvatsch ski area in particular is home to the popular 'Snow Night', which takes place every Friday during the ski season. Take advantage of great snow conditions and ski over 4.2km of floodlit terrain well into the evening (up until 2am!). With a mix of blue and red terrain, it is a cruisy way to spend the evening among the moonlit mountains, and it is the norm to stop in at one of the restaurants or bars along the route (but be aware of intoxicated skiers on the way down!).
Zermatt makes an appearance on many of our Scout Picks and our list for the best ski resorts for night skiing is no exception. Skiing by moonlight with the mighty matterhorn towering above you is an incredible experience. There are two main decent options for night skiing - from the Rothorn peak (an epic 8km descent with almost 1,500 vertical feet of skiing), or from the Gornergrat peak (a shorter but sweeter ski down to Riffelalp and a train ride back up to the resort). On a full moon evening, we recommend reserving your spot for a wonderful Swiss fondue dinner at Restaurant Rothorn and late night guided ski.
Being Lake Tahoe's largest ski resort, it is no surprise that Squaw Valley boasts fantastic night skiing. One of our favourite ski runs for a post-ski ski is the 3.2 mile Mountain Run, offering the perfect terrain to make some moonlight turns. Night skiing is usually open Monday through Thursday until 7pm, and until 9pm on Friday and Saturday night. Our recommendation is to head up to High Camp for a stunning sunset and superb views of Lake Tahoe, before make your final run back to home base.
The kids will love staying up a little past their bedtime with the fantastic night skiing on offer at Keystone. Families can ski late until 8pm across multiple floodlit trails (for all ability levels too) on weekends and during the peak holiday periods. Watch the sunset from the summit (one of the most stunning sunsets in Colorado), before making your way back to your condo, or stay a little longer and take a few chairlift laps (warming up between with a hot cocoa at the Summit House). Best of all, night skiing is free for those who book a Keystone ski package via Scout!
Happo One in Hakuba is a fantastic spot for families keen for a little night skiing action on their Japan ski vacation. Beginners in particular will enjoy the easy terrain on offer and the opportunity to learn on uncrowded slopes. The Nakiyama slope is our top pick for families. Over at Hakuba Goryu, the Toomi Slope is open for night skiing during the peak season, offering a long and wide run to make some fast turns, plus it is groomed before night skiing starts so you can enjoy that fresh corduroy feeling!
Mt Hood is big and beautiful when it comes to night skiing. Not only does it offer the best night skiing in Oregon, it has the largest night skiing terrain in the USA! There are over 34 floodlit runs, and 4 chairlifts operating well into the evening to keep the most avid skier happy. In fact, it can be said that Mt Hood offers the longest ski days of any ski resort! Night skiing is available until 10 or 11pm, with plenty of mid-mountain options to grab a warming hot chocolate (or beer) to maximise your time on the slopes.