With resorts opening across the United States, the stoke meter is firmly placed on Extreme.
Whether venturing out into the backcountry for the first time of the season or heading to the closest ‘white ribbon of death,’ getting extreme is not in the cards as of yet. However, you can get those awkward first turns of the season out-of-the-way, not to mention get your gear somewhat dialed in before Thanksgiving and the real season commences.
So forget your goggles and gloves before heading to these destinations to overcome those awkward growing pains before it really matters.
Note: Despite Killington’s early opening unseasonably warm temperatures has closed the resort until further notice.
5) Sunday River, Maine
While warm temperatures have dogged the Maine ski resort recently, resort officials are holding tight before announcing a reopening date. That said, temperatures are forecasted to dip down to 27°F tonight, providing for optimal snowmaking conditions. Basically, we’re betting on an opening tomorrow… Fingers crossed!
For lift ticket info and trail updates visit sundayriver.com
4) Independence Pass, Colorado
While people have been out and about skiing on Loveland Pass, Independence Pass is currently providing better coverage. However, Early season conditions exist and the backcountry is treacherous right now. Although instagram is making it look awful tasty, always “know before you go.”
3) Mt. Rainier, Washington
The glaciers on Mt. Ranier provide skiing year around and although conditions can be seriously variable, the glaciers remove any fear of hungry sharks looking to take a bite out of your ACL. Although it’s a labor intensive adventure, you have to earn your turns this time of year in the PNW.
2) Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
The Beach is officially open for business and what a glorious sight it is. Although the slope is relatively narrow, the skiing is surprisingly good with decent moguls on the left side of High Noon. So if you’re trying to drink beer more than ski, head to the Basin and experience all that is ‘The Legend.’
For lift ticket info and trail updates visit arapahoebasin.com
1) Loveland Ski Area, Colorado
Loveland is experiencing all-time opening weekend conditions. The slope is wider than normal with a terrain addition likely by the end of the weekend. Also, Loveland is offering the cheapest lift ticket in the Rockies at $53 for an adult.
For lift ticket info and trail updates visit skiloveland.com