As summer ends and cooler temperatures signal the start of fall, several ski resorts across the United States are able to pull off the seemingly impossible by opening their slopes to skiers and snowboarders as early as Mid-October.
While some folks are still enjoying the dog days of summer, we know the true ski bums are longing for the return of snowy weather. Modern snow making and a competitive industry have helped to push ski resorts to open earlier than ever. So it is never truly too early to begin waxing your board(s).
So with less than 60 days till the start of ski season here are our picks for where to head to get your early season turns this year.
Last Years Opening Date: October 27th.
While the early season offerings might not equal the joy of ripping advanced terrain like The Chutes at Mt. Rose, the high elevation resort is usually the first to open each winter in the Tahoe area. For those anxious to begin the ski season, Mt. Rose typically has at least one lift turning and even a couple of terrain park features before the end of October. Pending a high probability El Nino cycle this winter, hopefully early season in Tahoe will be one to remember.
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Last Years Opening Date: October 13th.
Perched high atop Loveland Pass in Colorado’s Summit County, Arapahoe Basin often is the first ski resort in the United States to open. Last years cold temperatures and a freak early season storm helped A-Basin achieve a solid opening. Looking forward to this winter, passionate skiers and snowboarders should be excited to hit the High Noon run not long after October begins. Although lift lines can be busy at the start of the season, nothing really beats the excitement of getting back on snow for the first time in months.
Sunday River, ME
Last Years Opening Date: November 10th.
Albeit last year did not prove to be the earliest opening for the popular ski resort in Newry, Maine, Sunday River does have a reliable record of early openings. An efficient snow making program couple with East Coast cold spells has helped skiing and snowboarding in Maine to start weeks before others even dream of sliding snow. Optimistically we are expecting Locke Mountain to begin spinning chairlifts before November this season.