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Where To Ski Right Now - Or Really Soon

Copper Mountain in November 2012Chairlifts are beginning to spin across America. Colorado's Copper Mountain, pictured here, is open for the season.

Over the weekend 18 inches dropped in Bozeman, Montana. Two more feet fell in Alta, Utah, to make for a 43-inch base one week ahead of opening day. California’s Mammoth Mountain is open from top to bottom. Sixteen inches of snow just blanketed Grand Targhee in Wyoming. And on the east coast, in a glimmer of brightness along Hurricane Sandy’s tragic path, mid-Atlantic and northeastern ski resorts received a bounty of snow.

Early season blizzards or not, opening day is inching closer at all resorts. So to make sure you are ready to shred as early as possible we decided to compile a list of some major - and not so major - US resort opening days, and those resorts that have already opened.  So drag the gear out of its summer hibernation, replace whatever you trashed last season, and update to the latest and greatest. Before you know it, winter will be full-on, so get out there and get ready.

While this list is pretty long, it does not list every resort in the United States. If you know of a resort opening, list it in the comments. Dates subject to change.

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Arapahoe Basin: OPEN
Loveland: OPEN
Copper Mountain: OPEN
Wolf Creek: Nov. 14
Winter Park Nov. 14
Eldora: Nov. 16
Vail: Nov. 16
Beaver Creek: Nov. 21
Steamboat: Nov. 21
Monarch: Nov. 21
Crested Butte: Nov. 21
Telluride: Nov. 22
Aspen Mtn: Nov. 22
Snowmass: Nov. 22
Ski Cooper: Nov. 22
Durango: Nov. 23
Silverton: Dec. 1
Howelsen: Dec. 1
Sunlight: Dec. 7
Aspen Highlands: Dec. 8
Ski Granby Ranch: Dec. 12
Powderhorn: Dec. 13
Buttermilk: Dec. 15


Brighton: OPEN
Solitude: Nov. 14
Alta: Nov. 16
Park City: Nov. 17
Snowbird:  Nov. 15
The Canyons: Nov. 23
Powder Mountain: Nov. 21
Snowbasin: Nov 22
Deer Valley: Dec. 8


Grand Targhee: Nov. 23
Jackson Hole: Nov. 24 
Snow King: Dec. 8

Stevens Pass, Nov. 21
Mt. Baker: Tenatively Thanksgiving
Crystal Mountain: TBD


Sun Valley: Nov. 22
Schweitzer: Nov. 17


Big Sky: Nov. 22
Bridger Bowl: Dec. 8
Whitefish Mountain Resort: Dec. 8
Montana Snowbowl: Dec. 11
Moonlight Basin: Dec. 8


Bear Mountain: OPEN
Mammoth: OPEN
Northstar at Tahoe: Nov. 16
Squaw Valley USA: Nov. 21
Kirkwood: Nov. 21
Alpine Meadows: Dec. 7
Homewood: Dec. 10


Taos: Nov. 22


: Nov. 21


Arizona Snowbowl: TBD, mid-December


Mt. Hood Meadows:  Nov. 19  
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl: Nov. 25
Mt. Bachelor: Tentatively Nov. 21


Trollhaugen: OPEN


Whiteface: Nov. 23
Gore: Nov. 25
Hunter Mountain: Nov. 25
Plattekill: Dec. 11


Sugarloaf:  OPEN
Sunday River:  OPEN


Okemo: OPEN
Killington: OPEN
Stratton: November 24
Stowe: November 17
Jay Peak: November 23
Mad River Glen: November 22, Tenatively


Whitetail: Dec. 4
Blue Knob: Dec. 14   
Camelback: Dec. 16


Timberline Resort: Dec. 8
Winterplace: Dec. 9
Canaan Valley: Dec. 10

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TGR Contributor Brigid Mander

All things skiing, fun lines, off the beaten path adventures, skid life, telling stories, and obscure vocabulary words.

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