It's that time of the year again folks! Not only are we all excited for the jolly holidays of Christmas joy, but we are also stoked on the snowfall, which means ski and snowboarding season!
The past few years, snowfall has been fairly inconsistent and hard to predict, making opening dates of some ski resorts fairly skewed to their previous opening day averages. However, now that the snow has begun to fall, opening dates for most North American ski resorts have become fairly concrete.
Below is a list of the opening dates for resorts in Colorado, one of the world's absolute best locations for snow sports. There are multiple, high-end ski resorts all within a few minutes of each other, making it a ski and snowboard epicenter.
October 17, 2012 Arapahoe Basin October 23, 2012 Loveland November 2, 2012 Copper Mountain November 14, 2012 Winter Park, Wolf Creek November 16, 2012 Eldora November 21, 2012 Steamboat, Crested Butte November 22, 2012 Telluride, Aspen Mtn., Snowmass November 23, 2012 Purgatory December 1, 2012 Howelsen December 7, 2012 Sunlight December 8, 2012 Aspen Highlands December 12, 2012 Ski Granby Ranch December 13, 2012 Powderhorn December 15, 2012 Buttermilk, Silverton
Other than Colorado, the Rocky Mountains have another snow sporting gem tucked away in their vast range. We are, of course, speaking of Lake Tahoe. The beautiful Lake Tahoe, during the winter, is literally surrounded by world famous ski resorts on all sides. Their opening dates are as follows:
December 13, 2012 Diamond Peak Early December 2012 Mt. Rose Thanksgiving Tahoe Donner October 27, 2012 Donner Ski Ranch December 2012 Bear Valley Thanksgiving China Peakwill Thanksgiving Dodge Ridge Thanksgiving Soda Springs December 2012 Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area Thanksgiving Mt. Shasta Ski Resort Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM. December 2012 Granlibakken Resort Decemeber 2012 Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort December 2012 Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area December 2012 Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area
Now that you have the opening dates for two of the biggest ski and snowboard hubs in North America, you can more adequately map out when are where your snow sports vacation begin and continue.