Whether falling from the sky or flying out of snow making machines, the white powdery stuff is beginning to pile up on mountains across the country and that means one thing: early-season skiing.
Many skiers or boarders will wait until January or February to take their first turns of the season, but you can—and should—get out there now. A hectic holiday schedule and occasionally less than perfect conditions may keep others away from cashing in on the benefits of November and December skiing. Here’s why you should break from the crowd and hit the mountain early.
#1 Properly celebrate the new season. There's something ceremonious about kicking off the new season early-on with the other dedicated skiers and boarders. It’s a ritual of the most devoted often with the added benefit of a few beers and good music—count us in.
#2 The atmosphere. The skiers and boarders out on the mountain have been waiting all summer for the opportunity, they're excited and the feeling is contagious.
#3 Lower prices. The conditions might not be perfect and most of us have our hands full with family and preparing for the holidays, the mountains know that. Prices are lower now to draw people in before the holiday vacation rush.
#4 Uncrowded slopes. More powder for you.
#5 An early start to your season gives you time to improve. If you start every season in January or February then you’ll only have time to ski two or three times. That doesn’t leave you enough time on the mountain to really improve and hone your skills.
#6 Try out new gear. Whether you cashed in on awesome end-of-season deals or you recently got your hands on some brand new 2015 gear, you're no doubt excited about testing that new gear on the snow.
#7 The weather isn’t terrible—yet. Ski season, and winter as a whole, comes with lots of snow, record low temperatures and all out rough conditions. Snow storms are great once you’re on the mountain but making the trip in harsh weather can be a major pain, causing delays or even accidents. Severe storms are much more common in January or February than November or December, so go now and enjoy the slopes in relative warmth.