Best Bets for Early-Season Skiing

Best Bets for Early-Season Skiing - ©Grand Targhee

Best Bets for Early-Season Skiing

Just can't wait until winter to go skiing or riding? These seven ski resorts traditionally open early and offer the opportunity to hit the slopes in October and November.

Early-Season Skiing: Sunday River, Maine

Fall foliage isn't the only reason to visit Maine in October. Sunday River has opened on Halloween for skiing and riding five out of the past six seasons.

Early-Season Skiing: Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Unlike many other early-season ski destinations, Grand Targhee usually opens each fall almost exclusively on natural snow.

Early-Season Skiing: Lake Louise, Alberta

Snow started falling in early September at the largest resort in the Canadian Rockies. With Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay a short drive away, the Banff area is a great choice for early-season skiing and riding....

Early-Season Skiing: Mammoth Mountain, California

Just a quick flight or a several-hour drive from sand and surf, you wouldn't think Mammoth Mountain would be among the list of early-season ski destinations. It is—and one year it opened on October 5.

Early-Season Skiing: Timberline, Oregon

Timberline, situated on a glacier, has the longest ski season in North America and the highest base elevation in the Pacific Northwest.

Early-Season Skiing: Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Located just five miles apart and skiable on the same pass, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone are traditionally two of the first mountains to open in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

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