Winter has returned to North America, from the East Coast to the Sierra Nevada and many places in between. The surprise winner of the award for first ski resort to open was Wild Mountain in Minnesota on October 7. Since then, favorable conditions have resulted in ski resorts opening left and right. We know that the ski community is just itching to get their planks out on the hill. Stay with OnTheSnow for updates on ski resort openings as winter gets underway. Here is a list of open (and soon to be open) ski resorts in North America:
Brighton: Open Nov. 13
Brighton will open for skiing and riding on Tuesday Nov. 13, and will benefit from winter storm Brutus that fell over Veteran's Day weekend.
Solitude: Open Nov. 14
Solitude will follow Brighton and open up on Wednesday Nov. 14 for skiing and riding.
Alta: Open Nov. 16
Little Cottonwood Canyon got blasted with snow over Veteran's Day weekend thanks to winter storm Brutus and just in time for Alta's opening on Nov. 16.
Brian Head: Open Nov. 16
Brian Head will open for skiing and riding on Friday Nov. 16.
Park City: Open Nov. 17
Park City Mountain Resort will be the first of the Park City resorts to open on Nov. 17.
Snowbird: Open Nov. 15
Snowbird really benefited from Veteran's Day weekend's winter storm Brutus, as over 50" of new snow fell on "The Bird." They'll open EARLY this Thursday, Nov. 15.
Boreal: Ops Suspended (Unfavorable Condtions)
Boreal opened for skiing and riding on Oct. 31 thanks the late October snowstorm that hit the Lake Tahoe area in Northern California. Unfortunately, due to poor conditions, Boreal has suspended mountain operations until the weather cooperates.
Mammoth Mountain: Open
Mammoth Mountain will open for skiing and riding on Thursday, Nov. 8 and they’re throwing a party. The party will consist of a champagne toast, live music, a film premiere and the unveiling of a new feature in the Main Park on Saturday.
Heavenly: Open Nov. 14
Tahoe got blasted with snow from winter storm Brutus and Heavenly Mountain will open EARLY for skiing and riding in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Nov.14.
Squaw Valley: Open Nov. 16
Squaw Valley got hit hard by Winter Storm Brutus and will be opening EARLY Friday, Nov. 16.
Northstar: Open Nov. 16
Northstar will open for skiing and riding this Friday, Nov. 16.
Kirkwood: Open Nov. 16
Kirkwood, home of Tahoe's most abundant snowfall, will open EARLY on Friday, Nov. 16 thanks to Winter Storm Brutus.
Arapahoe Basin: Open
A-Basin was the first resort in Colorado to open for skiing and riding on Oct. 17. Since then, “The Legend” has been able to open an additional run, and now skiers and riders can access both Ramrod and High Noon via the Black Mountain Express Chair, as well as the High Divide Terrain Park.
Loveland Ski Area: Open
Loveland was right on the heels of Arapahoe Basin and opened on Oct. 23. "The Love" currently has one lift open that accesses four trails including the Tempest Terrain Park.
Keystone opened for skiing and riding on Nov. 2 with four runs—Endeavor, Scout, Spring Dipper and River Run—available for skiers and riders as well as Keystone’s A51 Terrain Park, equipped with over 25 features (jibbers rejoice) and accessed by its very own chairlift.
Copper Mountain: Open
Copper also opened on Nov. 2 with two lifts and three trails open for skiing and snowboarding. For advanced and intermediate skiers, there is access to Main Vein and Rhapsody via the American Eagle Lift and beginners can access the Learning Area thanks to the Easy Rider Lift.
Breckenridge will open on Nov. 9, upping the total open Colorado Ski Resorts to five. Snow is even in the forecast for their opening weekend, which is sure to please the Breck faithful.
Eldora: Open Nov. 16
Eldora Mountain Resort will join the other front range ski resorts that are open and drop the gate for skiing and riding on Nov. 16, this Friday.
Winter Park: Open Nov. 14
Winter Park Resort benefited from over a foot of snow this Veteran's Day weekend thanks to winter storm Brutus and will open on Wednesday Nov. 14 for skiing and riding.
Vail: Open Nov. 16
This weekend provided Vail with some natural snowfall along with great snowmaking weather for their opening on Friday Nov. 16.
Wolf Creek: Open Nov. 14
Wolf Creek, like so many ski areas, benefitted from the snow provided by Winter Storm Brutus and will open Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Great Divide Ski Area: Open (limited weekend hours)
Great Divide Ski Area kicked off the season with their October PocketPark on Oct. 27. The Ski area has their PocketPark terrain park open in the BackYard and are currently open for skiing and riding when conditions permit. This weekend they will be opening their BackYard tow from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Timberline Lodge: Open (Fri-Sun)
Timberline Lodge opened on Oct. 12 with access via the Palmer Chair from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Magic Mile Chair is undergoing upgrades and should be ready soon, opening more access for skiers and riders.
Sunday River: Open
Sunday River opened on Election Day thanks to a big push from their snowmaking team. Sunday River currently is open for skiing and riding on the T2 trail, accessed via the Locke Mountain Triple, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Sugarloaf: Open (This Weekend)
"The Loaf" will open for skiing and riding on Friday Nov. 9. There will be access to Boardwalk and Lower Winter's Way via the Double Runner East lift. Sugarloaf will remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. before closing for additional snowmaking and will then open for good on Friday Nov. 16.
Killington opened briefly on Oct. 13 to season pass holders, and thanks to their snowmaking team was able to open for the season on Nov. 5. The Beast offers skiing and riding on Rime and the upper portion of Great Northern, accessed via the K-1 Express Gondola and North Ridge Triple from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Okemo has been counting down the days until they open on Twitter and the day will finally come on Nov. 8, thanks to a big push by their snowmaking team.
Mt. Snow: Open
Mount Snow, known for some of the best terrain parks in the Northeast, will run their Discovery Shuttle on Friday Nov. 9 that will access their Bunny Hill that will feature a ton of terrain park features that will satisfy any Jibber's desires.
Stowe: Open Nov. 17
Stowe Mountain Resort, located on the backside of Mt. Mansfield, will open up for skiing and riding in Northern Vermont on Saturday Nov. 17.
Cataloochee Ski Area: Open
Cataloochee benefited from a massive snow storm as a result of Superstorm Sandy that hit the East Coast in late October. The Ski Area was able to open for skiing and riding on Oct. 31 and currently has two slopes, Lower Omigosh and Beginners Rabbit Hill, available via access by the Omigosh Double Chairlift. Cataloochee is open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Sugar Mountain: Open
Sugar Mountain Resort also benefited from Superstorm Sandy and is currently open for skiing and riding. Sugar Mountain offers access to Upper and Lower Flying Mile thanks to lift service from the Summit #1 lift.
Appalachian Ski Area: Open Nov. 16
Appalachian Ski Area will be the third North Carolina ski resort open this season on Friday Nov. 16.
Jiminy Peak: Open Nov. 10
Jiminy Peak will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday Nov 10th for skiing and riding with 6 trails (Jiminy is hoping for 8) and 2 chairlifts. Jiminy Peak will be operating Saturday - Monday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wild Mountain: Ops Suspended (Rain)
Minnesota’s Wild Mountain was the surprise first ski area to open in North America on Oct. 7. Unfortunately, due to rain in Minnesota, the ski area has been forced to suspend mountain operations temporarily, but the forecast looks favorable for snowmaking and the resort is looking forward to their Demo Days on Nov. 17 & 18.
Lutsen Mountains: Open Nov. 17
Lutsen Mountains will open for a few hours on Ullr and possibly Flapjack on Saturday Nov. 17.
Mt. Norquay: Open (Weekends)
Mt. Norquay, part of the big three ski areas in Banff-Lake Louise, enjoyed its earliest opening ever this season on Oct. 25. Mt. Norquay is now open weekends only for early season skiing and snowboarding until Nov. 30.
Ski Nakiska: Open (Weekends)
Ski Nakiska was the second Canadian ski resort to open for the season on Oct. 27. The Alberta ski area is now open on weekends for early season skiing and riding with access to Upper Mapmaker, Middle Mapmaker, Homesteader and Big Bear thanks to the Gold Chair and Olympic Chair.
Sunshine Village: Open
Sunshine Village has been counting down the days on Facebook until they open on Nov. 9. Last year was a historic snow year at Sunshine Village and they, along with eager Alberta skiers and riders, are hoping for a similar result this season.
Lake Louise Ski Area: Open
Lake Louise will also open on Nov. 9, and all three Banff-Lake Louise ski areas will be open for skiing and riding.
Marmot Basin: Open
Nov. 9 will be a huge day in Alberta, as three ski areas will open for skiing and riding. Marmot Basin is a local favorite, with 3,000 feet of vertical and 1,675 acres of skiable terrain.
Ski Brule: Open (Weekends)
Ski Brule was the first Michigan resort to open on Nov. 3 with terrain open on the Bunny Trail (consisting of beginner runs and rails/boxes) and Log Jam (intermediate terrain), serviced by the Bambi Rope Tow and Big Bear Chairlift respectively. Ski Brule closed during the week in order to prep for skiing and riding next weekend, Nov. 9.
Tyrol Basin: Open (Nov. 10)
Tyrol Basin opened at terrain park on Trollway this past Tuesday (11/6) and will look to open on Tuesday nights and weekends until the regular season begins.
Trollhaugen opened on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and is opened on limited hours until the regular season begins.
Cypress Mountain: Open Nov. 14
Vancouver's Cypress Mountain will open Nov. 14, making it the first British Columbian ski resort open for skiing and riding in 2012/2013.