For the majority of North America, the Pacific Northwest excluded, the 2011-2012 ski season was a struggle. Low snowfall totals and soaring temperatures put a damper on a season that many hoped would be as epic as 2010-2011. It's been a long summer for the ski and snowboard community, with record high temperatures causing the cravings for winter to be that much more intense.

That being said, the season has approached, and we know you'd rather be spending your time on the hill than on the computer researching. We've compiled a list of opening dates of North American Ski Resorts, so you can catch first chair at your favorite mountain.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT OPENING DATES 

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NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC SKI RESORT OPENING DATES 

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FAR WEST AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST SKI RESORT OPENING DATES 

A man skiing on a bluebird powder day at Kirkwood Mountain Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.

MIDWEST SKI RESORT OPENING DATES 

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CANADA SKI RESORT OPENING DATES 

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