The west is getting their rewards this November – and we East coasters are happy for them. Check out these early season openings!
In Colorado, Wolf Creek is 100% open, Steamboat has received 3.5-feet of snow already. Winter Park, Eldora, Monarch and Vail all opened on Nov. 20, followed by Aspen, Snowmass, Purgatory, and Steamboat on Nov. 21.
In California, Mammoth has a four foot base depth, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Squaw, Mountain High, Siera at Tahoe, and Snow Summit are all open, as is Bear Mountain in central Cal.
In Utah, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude are open. The new Park City openeds Nov 21 – which encompasses the Canyons, all under the Park City name now, as the largest ski area in the US eclipsing Vail and Big Sky.
Grand Targhee is open in Wydaho, Big Sky opened last Sunday in Montana.
In Canada, Whistler Blackcomb opened Nov 19, Lake Louise Sunshine and Norquay are open, as is Quebec’s Mont Sainte Saveur, and Mont Sainte Anne – celebrating 50 years this season.
In New England, perennial early season ski resorts, Killington & Sunday River both opened October 19 with a cold jump start, but closed as weather warmed, they are both back open now, along with Bretton Woods which opened for one day Nov 18. Before Thanksgiving, Loon and Stowe opened. It has been mild in the East, but its early my eager ski friends – anything before December is a bonus.
So to quote John Snow, #winteriscoming, and we should all #thinksnow.
As for me, I’m not breaking out the boards to ski just yet, I’m a wait til it gets good kinda girl, at least a dozen trails please, then I keep skiing when everyone quits in April & May. But soon I will see you on the slopes.
Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips