Ski Resorts Opening Dates

 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.

Sources: Resort Season Dates