11 U.S. Resorts with Early Opening Dates

11 U.S. Resorts with Early Opening Dates

Be the First to Hit the Slopes at these 11 U.S. Resorts with Early Opening Dates

In honor of enjoying some of the first tracks of the season, we rounded up 11 mountains across the country that will be among the first to open. Arapahoe Basin was the very first to open in the U.S. on Oct. 17 and it’s the only mountain currently open. But from Colorado to Vermont, other mountains around the country aren’t far behind. Most of the opening dates are tentative, dependent on weather, but if you don’t mind making the trip, you could be skiing much sooner than you think.

Arapahoe Basin—Keystone, Colo.

Opening day: October 17, 2014
The Black Mountain Express lift began turning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 17, bringing skiers and boarders up to the intermediate High Noon Run. They are still operating with early season conditions and this is the only skiable terrain a week after opening. The ski patrol warns of natural obstacles on the trail and is not allowing beginners to ride just yet. 

Copper Mountain Resort—Frisco, Colo.

Projected opening date: November 7, 2014
Unusually warm temperatures have pushed the opening date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7. When Copper does open, top-to-bottom terrain will be available on Ptarmigan via Excelerator lift as well as on Rhapsody and Main Vein via American Eagle lift. Easy Rider will also be open for beginner terrain. “Mother Nature is starting to release her hold on winter and we will have a great start to the 2014/15 season,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain. “Delaying Opening Day was a hard decision to make, but the quality of our snow surface and the experiences of our guests are most important.”

Keystone Resort—Keystone, Colo.

Original projected opening date: October 31, 2014
Due to unusually warm temperatures, Keystone made the announcement that they will need to push their opening date back. While they don't have a definite opening date just yet, they have been making snow around the clock and temperatures have dropped, allowing a solid base at the top of the mountain. According to their blog, they are looking forward to announcing a new opening day “as soon as possible.”

Boreal Mountain Resort—Soda Springs, Calif.

Projected opening date: November 1, 2014

Breckenridge Ski Resort—Breckenridge, Colo.

Projected opening date: November 7, 2014

Wolf Creek Ski Area—Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Projected opening date: November 7, 2014

Killington Resort—Killington, Vt.

Projected opening: Killington Representative Michael Joseph said they are ready to begin snowmaking as soon as the temperatures drop. “For now, it looks like we won’t be able to open in October like we did the past 3 years, but we hope to make snow and begin skiing in the first week of November.”

Winter Park Resort—Winter Park, Colo.

Projected opening date: November 12, 2014

Mammoth Mountain—Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Projected opening date: November 13, 2014

Okemo Mountain Resort—Ludlow, Vt.

Projected opening date: November 15, 2014

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort—Hancock, Mass.

Projected opening date: According to their snowmaking blog, SNOWMAGEDDON, they hope to begin snow production on Oct. 31, which would allow them to open within the first two weeks of November.