These ski areas are always among the first to open in North America

0
5

There is an old saying that the ski industry comes in handy. “Just because there’s no snow in your backyard doesn’t mean there isn’t snow on the mountain.” This is especially true at the start of each ski season, when most ski areas rely on elaborate snow making equipment to produce the amount of snow needed to start the season. Skiers and snowboarders looking forward to the start of the new ski season can usually rest assured that the next mountains will be one of the first to open.

ADVERTISEMENT

Colorado

keystone

Keystone, Colorado, widely known as one of the first resorts to open each year, sometimes in early to mid-October, is getting rave reviews from early-season skiers. For the first time since 2019, the world’s largest mountaintop snow fortress returns to Keystone this year with new experiences in the snow. The Last Lift Bar also returns to the Mountain House base area this year. A local favorite in recent years, this is the perfect après spot for guests to relive their day on the mountain with friends and family.

Ski Area Arapahoe Basin

ADVERTISEMENT

With a history of opening as early as October 11 and often skiing through June, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado, (known simply as A-Basin by locals) began this year on October 26. A-Basin is legendary for embracing a rich history and promoting a come-as-you-are vibe. Skiers, snowboarders and high alpine adventurers who frequent A-Basin appreciate a world-class mountain experience, unique, natural, challenging terrain and a delicious meal, all in an unpretentious setting.

Vail

Celebrating his 60e Anniversary Season, Vail, Colorado, is slated to open November 11, one of the earliest openings in its history. There is a feeling that skiers and snowboarders only get by visiting the legendary resort and its Seven Legendary Back Bowls. The resort is creating two new ice bars with an Igloo Village with rentable snow bungalows. The resort is also installing two new chairlifts, an art photography collaboration and two whiskey collaborations with the local distillery, 10e Mountain whiskey and spirits.

Loveland Ski Area

Just 85 miles west of Denver, Loveland Ski Area features 1,800 acres of remarkable terrain and free snowcat to ski along the Continental Divide. Colorado is known worldwide for its light, fluffy powder and not many places get it more than Loveland Ski Area. Loveland’s average snowfall is a hefty 422 inches. That’s an average of over 35 feet of snow each season. All this snow allows Loveland to be one of the first in the country to open, often in late October.

ADVERTISEMENT

California

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

At 11,053 feet, Mammoth has the tallest elevator-operated peak of any California resort, making for deep snow and beautiful vistas. With a vertical of 3100 feet, Mammoth lies an average of 400 inches of snow annually. Chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio of The Voltaggio Brothers Restaurant are bringing their newest restaurant concept to The Village at Mammoth this December. For the winter of 22/23, Woolly’s will undergo major renovations and tube track extensions, six new snow cannons and a new elevated conveyor lift. The opening date is scheduled for November 11.

ADVERTISEMENT

Utah

Ski resort Alta

Soon his 85 will starte season on November 18 Alta Ski Area, Utah, was one of the first ski areas to open in the United States and the second in the western ski area. Known for its significant snowfall totaling up 748 inches inches 1981-82, Alta was originally a hotbed of silver mines and became a ghost town. With a vertical of 2,538 feet and 2,614 skiable acres, Alta offers something for skiers of all abilities.

ADVERTISEMENT

Vermont

Killington

Known as the “Beast of the East” for its imposing size, Killington, Vermont has six mountain areas, 1,509 acres of skiing, 155 trails, 21 lifts, and an elevation gain of 3,050 feet. Killington has been open on October 1 several times over the past 30 years and often goes through June. In 1997 they skied until June 22. So come in the summer and don’t store your winter gear too far, because next season is always just a few months away. The culmination of the current improvement plans is the replacement of the K-1 Lodge. A multi-year project, skiers and riders will be welcomed to a brand new facility for the winter of 2022-23.

ADVERTISEMENT

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb

Fiery skiers need no introduction to Whistler and Blackcomb, two majestic mountains of epic proportions. Legendary terrain, along with reliable deep snow and world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, attract skiers from all over the world. Do you feel intimidated by such a colossal ski area? Don’t worry, Whistler Blackcomb’s instructors can help with tips and adjustments for your turns, while acting as your local guide to the best powder stock between the 16 alpine bowls and 200 runs. A new high-speed ten-person gondola has replaced the existing six-person gondola. Expected opening date is November 24.

ADVERTISEMENT

Oregon

mt. Bachelor

With over 4,300 acres of lift-accessible terrain, Mount Bachelor, Oregon is the sixth largest ski area in North America. Skiers of all levels will find plenty of terrain within its 3,365 vertical, surrounded by some of the most spectacular National Forest in the country. Last ski season, the resort got 394 inches of snow. The intended opening date is November 25.

ADVERTISEMENT

New York

Hunter Mountain

New York is home to more ski areas (52) than any other state in the country. Under this Hunter Mountain stands high. Often referred to as the ‘snow capital of the world’, Hunter’s powerful snow cannons allow the resort to open early. This year’s planned date is November 18. Hunter Mountain has room for every style. Ride solo on expert trails, take lazy turns on Belt Parkway, mix it up with a lesson at Hunter East, or head in to experience the legendary après scene.

ADVERTISEMENT