First to Open for Skiing

Since September, winter storms have been dropping a fair amount of snow on the high country out West, stoking the excitement of skiers and riders. Adding to the excitement, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area on Mt. Hood, OR, laid claim to being the first ski area to open when it spun the Palmer Chairlift on Sunday, Oct. 8. Weather permitting, the lift will be open on weekends for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Timberline received more than 600 inches of snow last winter. By opening on October 8, the resort got a six-week head start on the winter season compared to last year.

Next to open appears to be Arapahoe Basin, CO, the perennial first to open in Colorado, often in lockstep with nearby Loveland. A-Basin will be the first to open for daily operations starting Friday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. The Black Mountain Express lift will provide access to the intermediate High Noon trail, and remain open as its snowmakers look to expand terrain. Last season, A-Basin opened on Oct. 21.

Nakiska will be the first in Canada to open this ski season for a preview weekend on November 4th and 5th.

Above: A-Basin

Opening October 28:
Killington, VT

Opening November 4:
Nakiska, AB

Opening November 9:
Mammoth Mountain, CA

Above: Lake Louise, AB

Opening November 10:
Lake Louise, AB
Sunshine, AB
Marmot, AB
Breckenridge, CO
Keystone, CO
Copper, CO

Opening November 15:

Winter Park, CO

Above: Vail, CO

Opening November 17:
Heavenly, CA
Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, CA
Vail, CO
Park City, UT
Grand Targhee, WY
Stowe Mountain, VT

Opening November 18:
Sugarbush, VT
Sun Peaks, BC

Opening November 20:
Bretton Woods, NH

Above: Snowbird, UT

Opening November 22:
Mont Saint-Sauveur, QC
Snowbasin, UT
Northstar, CA
Beaver Creek, CO
Alta, UT
Snowbird, UT
Sunday River, ME
Loon Mountain, NH
Mount Snow, VT
Okemo, VT
Stratton Mountain, VT

Above: Whistler, BC

Opening November 23 (in the West):
Big White, BC
Nakiska, AB
Silverstar, BC
Tremblant, QC
Whistler Blackcomb, BC
Aspen, CO
Snowmass, CO
Crested Butte, CO
Telluride, CO
Sun Valley, ID
Taos, NM
Big Sky, MT
Steamboat, CO
Sugarloaf, ME

Opening November 24:
Wachusett, MA
Smugglers’ Notch, VT
Jay Peak, VT
Holiday Valley, NY
Cannon Mountain, NH
Waterville Valley, NH

Opening November 25:
Brighton, UT
Jackson Hole, WY
Wildcat Mountain, NH

Above: Fernie, BC

Opening December 1
Fernie, BC
Mt Baldy, BC
Mt Norquay, AB

Opening December 2:
Mont Sainte Anne, QC
Le Massif, QC
Revelstoke, BC
Solitude, UT
Deer Valley, UT

Opening December 7:
Whitefish, MT

Above: Revelstoke, BC

Opening December 8:
Kicking Horse, BC
Mt Washington, BC
Whitewater, BC
Mount Washington, BC
Panorama, BC

Opening December 9:
Apex, BC
Castle Mountain, AB
Kimberley, BC
Red Mountain, BC
Mont Sutton, QC
Mont Orford, QC
Whitewater, BC
Mad River Glen, VT

Opening December 10:
Blue Mountain, ON

Above:Castle Mountain, AB