guide to opening days for ski resorts across the country

Your guide to opening days for ski resorts across the country

This past week has been a good one for skiers and snowboarders eagerly awaiting the return of ski season.

Snow fell last weekend in California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. In British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb received roughly 2 feet of snow and the resort’s ski cams showed whiteout conditions in Mid-October.

Cool temperatures across the country have emboldened ski resorts to kickstart the collective hysteria that is the yearly race to opening day.

Following 18 inches of snow over the weekend, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe in Nevada announced that they would be opening on Halloween.

Not to be outdone, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado (which battles with nearby Loveland Ski Area almost every year to be the first resort in North America to open for the season) announced Wednesday that they would be opening their slopes on Friday, October 21.

Here’s a roundup of opening days for resorts across the country:

Killington Mountain Resort, Vermont: Sometime in October
Forecasting opening days in the Northeast can be hard, due to fickle weather conditions, but a spokesperson for the mountain told GrindTV it is hoping to open before Halloween.

Sunday River, Maine: Around Halloween
On Facebook the mountain confirmed it hoped to open sometime near Halloween.

Stowe, Vermont: November 25
Vermont’s highest peak is hoping to open the day after Thanksgiving this year.

Sugarbush, Vermont: November 18
On September 30, Sugarbush announced they would open November 18.

Loveland Ski Area: Next week
Loveland graciously congratulated Arapahoe Basin on their early opening and announced they’ll be open next week.

Keystone: November 4
Keystone, the largest resort in Colorado’s Summit County, will open on November 4.

Breckenridge: November 11
The home of Dew Tour’s winter stop will open on November 11.

Vail: November 18
Colorado’s biggest ski resort will open six days prior to Thanksgiving.

Aspen Snowmass: November 24
Pitkin County’s flagship resort will open on Thanksgiving.

Solitude Mountain Resort: November 18
Solitude Mountain Resort and its neighbor, Brighton Ski Resort, are generally the first two Utah resorts to open. Brighton hasn’t listed its opening date yet, but Solitude is scheduled to open on November 18.

Park City: November 18
The largest ski resort in the United States will open November 18.

Alta Ski Area: November 18
Alta Ski Area will open November 18. But remember, no snowboarders allowed.

Snowbird: November 19
The resort with the most vertical in Utah will open November 19.

Mammoth: November 10
Mammoth will kick things off on Thursday, November 10 with its annual opening day celebration.

Heavenly: November 18
Like the other California resorts owned by Vail Resorts (Northstar and Kirkwood), Heavenly opens on November 18.

Snow Summit: November 18
Snow Summit will open on November 18, weather permitting. Its neighbor, Bear Mountain, will open a week later for the weekend of November 24-27 before opening for daily operation on December 9.

Squaw Valley: November 11
The home of the 1960 Winter Olympics will open on November 11.

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: November 26
Jackson Hole is scheduled to open on November 26.

Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming: November 18
Grand Targhee looks to beat its Wyoming neighbor by a little more than a week by opening on November 18.

Sun Valley, Idaho: November 24
Idaho’s largest resort will open on Thanksgiving.

Big Sky, Montana: November 24
One of only three U.S. mountains with over 4,000 feet of vertical, Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving.

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