Hoping to hit the slopes for the upcoming long holiday weekend? If you’re heading to Colorado then you’re in luck, as many of the ski resorts will soon be opening for the season. Better yet, much of the state received fresh powder over the past few days, which means there should be some great conditions heading into Thanksgiving.
Keeping with tradition, Arapahoe Basin was amongst the first resorts in the nation to open back in mid-October. They were later joined by both Loveland and Copper Mountain a few weeks later. Today, Winter Park and Wolf Creek open their doors and on Friday of this week Eldora Mountain Resort will get in on the fun, firing up its lifts for the first skiers and snowboarders of the season.
But next week things get really interesting with Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain and Steamboat all opening on Wednesday, November 21. On Thanksgiving Day, Aspen, Cooper, Snowmass and Telluride will welcome their first visitors as well, while Purgatory joins the party on Friday, November 23.
Those hills provide plenty of options for skiers and riders looking to take their first turns of the year, but December brings more choices as winter looms ever nearer. Howelsen and Silverton Mountain both kick off the season on the first of the month, while Sunlight and Aspen Highlands will open their slopes on December 7 and 8 respectively. The following week, Granby Ranch (Dec. 12), Powderhorn (Dec. 13) and Buttermilk (Dec. 15) will round out the schedule.
If you’re itching to hit the slopes then you should have plenty of opportunities very soon. Even if you’re not in Colorado, other resorts are now opening across the U.S.
[Photo Credit: Powderhorn Mountain Resort]