Why Go: Mammoth is scheduled to open Nov. 7, but if enough snow falls prior to that, an earlier opening is possible. One year, the mountain opened on the preposterously early date of Oct. 5. Skiing, on a mix of manmade and natural snow, starts on the Broadway Express chair and the area around Main Lodge, and Mammoth strives to have skiing (on natural snow) at its other base areas before Thanksgiving.

Deals: Reduced-price lift tickets (rates still not set for this season) are available from Nov. 8 to Thanksgiving. Discounts on Slopeside Lift & Lodging specials are also available for anyone who books by Nov. 6. Ski-and-stay packages offer discounts on lift tickets all season long.

Don’t Miss: Opening weekend (Nov. 8-10) kicks the season off with a huge celebration featuring a champagne toast, live music and an electric party each night.

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