Winter’s here and the time is right to hit the slopes! Our collection of framed vintage ski posters brings the thrill and the glory of North America’s greatest ski resorts to your walls. Vibrant colors, downhill action, and retro graphics capture the excitement of skiing for all to enjoy.
10 of our Favorite Vintage Ski Resort Posters
From New England to the Rocky Mountains, the greatest American ski resorts have played host to winter sports enthusiasts for nearly a century. This list of our favorite retro ski posters also includes relevant travel and lodging information, with the most convenient airports and highest-rated hotels. Happy trails!
There are two vintage Stowe posters in our collection: the 1946 Winter Carnival poster (shown above) and a barn wood style poster by Kate Ward Thacker. The historic Stowe Mountain Resort is located in central Vermont, spanning both Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield, which is the highest mountain in the state. Mansfield has a vertical drop of 2,360 feet. Skiing at Stowe dates all the way back to the 1930s.
Top-rated Stowe lodging: Stowe Mountain Lodge, Topnotch Resort, Trapp Family Lodge
Closest airport to Stowe: Burlington International (BTV)
Nestled between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a gem of the West and home to both the Heavenly and Squaw Valley ski areas. Our vintage ski poster gallery currently contains three Lake Tahoe pieces by Lantern Press, including a cross-country ski poster. Squaw Valley opened in 1949 and hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Heavenly is the taller of the two mountains, with a vertical drop of 3,812 feet. Squaw Valley’s drop is 2,850 feet.
Top-rated lodging: Ritz-Carlton, Northstar Lodge, Grand Residences by Marriott
Closest airport: Reno-Tahoe International
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the Rocky Mountains’ Teton Range. This splendid vintage poster by Lantern Press pays tribute to the mountain’s massive vertical drop of 4,139 feet. The resort opened in the mid-1960s.
Top-rated Jackson Hole lodging: Four Seasons Resort, Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, Hotel Terra
Closest airports: Jackson Hole, Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Steamboat Ski Resort is located in northwest Colorado’s Yampa River valley and offers a vertical drop of 3,668 feet. It was an authentic mining town in the years before the resort opened in 1963. Legend has it that early settlers mistook the chugging sound of hot springs for a wayward steamboat and the name stuck.
Top-rated Steamboat lodging: private residences
Closest airport to Steamboat: Yampa Valley
Go North, young man! Whistler Blackcomb is the Pacific Northwest’s premier ski resort and the largest ski area in North America. Whistler Mountain, which first opened for skiing in 1966, offers a vertical drop of 5,020 feet. Blackcomb offers a drop of 5,133.
Top-rated Whistler lodging: Four Seasons, Fairmont Chateau, Pan Pacific
Closest airport: Vancouver International (YVR)
The world-famous Aspen/Snowmass ski resort spans four mountains (Aspen Mountains, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass). Snowmass is massive, indeed, with an area that exceeds that of the other three mountains. Aspen was founded in the mid-1940s and offers a vertical drop of 3,267 feet. This vintage Ski Aspen poster from Lantern Press has a graphic vibe.
Top-rated lodging: St Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Grand
Closest airports: Eagle County, Grand Junction (GJT)
Nestled in Utah’s magnificent Wasatch Range, Park City is blessed with some of the greatest snow in the world, proximity to a major international airport, and one of the coolest old mining towns in North America. There are two major ski resorts in town: the Park City Mountain Resort (3,100 foot vertical) and the Deer Valley Resort (3,000 feet).
Top-rated Park City lodging: Montage Deer Valley, St. Regis, Stein Eriksen
Closest airport to Park City: Salt Lake International (SLC)
Vail is the third-largest ski resort in the United States, with three challenging sections: The Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin, and the Back Bowls. It offers a vertical drop of 3,450 feet and is one of the most exclusive resorts in North America.
Top-rated lodging: Arrabelle, Sebastian, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton
Closest airports: Eagle County, Grand Junction (GJT)
This whimsical print pays homage to the East Coast’s most storied ski destinations, from Mount Snow in the south all the way up to Jay Peak near the Canadian border. Killington, near the center of the state, is one of America’s greatest ski resorts and boasts a vertical drop of 3,050 feet (the largest in New England).
Top-rated lodging: Killington Grand, Stowe Mountain Lodge
Closest airports: Rutland Regional Airport (RUT), Albany Airport (ALB), Logan (BOS)
Sun Valley is located in central Idaho’s Wood River Valley. The historic ski resort spans two magnificent peaks: Dollar Mountain and Baldy Mountain (a.k.a. “Baldy”), which has a vertical drop of 3,400 feet. Chairlifts were first installed in 1936. The stylish downhill star of Kate Ward Thacker’s vintage Sun Valley ski poster (above) sports a healthy winter glow and a snazzy set of shades. The patina on the Red Horse Signs vintage Sun Valley poster (below) presents an authentic aged appearance.
Top-rated Sun Valley lodging: private residences
Closest airports to Sun Valley: Friedman Memorial or Boise