For those who can't wait to get back on the slopes, early November can offer great skiing and an opportunity to dial in your equipment and strengthen ski muscles before the big one hits. Resorts across the country keep their fingers crossed and their lifts on the ready in hopes of loading the first chairs of the new season. In 2016, Arapahoe Basin spun the first chairs of the North American season, with Killington, Loveland and Mammoth not far behind.

Find out which resorts give you the best opportunity for early-season turns in North America using this list of projected resort openings.

United States

Loveland Ski Area, Colorado (projected opening 10/15)

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado (projected opening 10/20)

Killington Resort, Vermont (projected opening 10/28)

Mammoth Mountain, California (projected opening 11/8) 

Keystone, Colorado, Colorado (projected opening 11/10)

Copper Mountain Resort (projected opening 11/10)

Breckenridge, Colorado  (projected opening 11/10)

Vail (projected opening 11/17)

Park City Mountain Resort (projected opening 11/17)

Mt. Rose (projected opening 11/17)

Purgatory (projected opening 11/18)

Squaw / Alpine, California (projected opening 11/22)


Sunshine Village, Banff (projected opening 11/2)

Lake Louise, Banff (projected opening 11/17)

Whistler Blackcomb (projected opening 11/22)

Marmot Basin, Alberta (projected opening 11/22)