For those skiers and riders licking their chops at the thought of the ski season's first turns, skiing in November offers solid snow conditions and an opportunity to dial equipment and strengthen ski muscles before the meat of the ski season. Early mornings provide the best opportunity to take advantage of crisply groomed trails, while warm afternoons set the stage for sun-soaked après sessions. And much like spring skiing, the early-season slopes and commute tend to be less crowded. 

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Autumn skiing in the U.S has already got off to a great start for 2019/20 season. Keystone marked its earliest opening in more than 20 years with hundreds of happy skiers and riders celebrating their first turns on Oct. 12. Arapahoe Basin actually managed to open a day earlier than Keystone which took everyone by surprise! By early November there will be plenty more open ski resorts to choose from. Find out which resorts will give you the best opportunity for early-season turns in North America using this list of projected resort openings.

United States Ski Resort Status


Canada Ski Resort Status

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