Ski Resorts Opening in the USA


Five US resorts are now open as Wolf Creek in Colorado is the latest to begins its season. More are preparing to open some slopes including Mammoth Mountain in California that kicks off on Saturday. NEW & UPDATED

Wolf Creek in Colorado is the latest to open.

Things got underway on Friday 4th November.

A-Basin continues to shine.

We have more on recent resort openings in Colorado lower down this article, but lets look elsewhere first as snow falls in California, Utah and other US states.

On Saturday November 5th, the first resort outside of Colorado opens – Mammoth Mountain in California.

It has been snowing heavily across northern California.

Here’s a report from Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe.

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No resorts are open in Utah yet, but Solitude has announced it is opening next Friday.

Park City in Utah is also looking forward to winter.

And in neighbouring Deer Valley  in Utah:

People have been hiking up in Utah as we have reported on PlanetSKI over the past week or so:

Back in Colorado five resorts are now open.

Loveland opened last Thursday.

The former GB ski racer, Martin Bell, is a regular reader of PlanetSKI and is in Loveland.

Winter Park fired up its lifts on Monday 31st October.

Here’s what it looked like on Opening Day of the 2022/23 season.

Keystone opened for skiing and snowboarding on Friday 28th October.

“We are beyond excited to kick off the winter season here at Keystone,” said Chris Sorensen, Vice President and General Manager at Keystone Resort.

“Thanks to our team’s hard work throughout the summer and over the past few months, winter is here, and with plenty to look forward to this season.”

Keystone Ski Resort has opened two more runs since Friday and now has top to bottom skiing for experienced skiers and snowboarders.

From Wednesday morning, Keystone Ski Resort will open Decrum’s Dash and River Run.

Intermediates will now be able to ski directly to the River Run Village instead of downloading from the River Run gondola.

Keystone stresses that there will be no beginner top to bottom terrain.

The first main resort in the USA able to offer some skiing and snowboarding was Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.

We reported on it at the time.

Opening Day. Image © Arapahoe Basin

Opening Day. Image © Arapahoe Basin

More terrain has now opened in A-Basin.

Elsewhere in Colorado Aspen has seen some snow.

Image © Aspen SnowmassKI

Image © Aspen Snowmass

“Winter showed up in late October with a series of cold storms dropping more than two feet of snow at higher elevations over the last several days,” said a statement from Aspen.

“In the last 24 hours, Aspen Snowmass has seen up to 13 inches on some of our mountains, marking the ramp up to the winter ski season.”

Snowmaking starts on 1st November with Aspen Mountain and Snowmass scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day, 24th November.

Image © Aspen Snowmass

Image © Aspen Snowmass

We have already mentioned Utah.

No resorts are officially open, but people have been walking up and making some powder turns.

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Others have been pushing the envelope.

Here’s Miles Clark Drone Video of Skiing Suicide Chute on Mt. Superior, Utah on 28th October 2022.

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There have already been some avalanches.

Three human-triggered avalanches were reported:

Mt. Baldy (Near Alta Ski Area’s famous ‘Main Chute’): 8″ deep, 25″ wide.
High Greeley (Inside the Alta Ski Area boundary): skier caught and briefly carried.
Cardiac Ridge: 150′ wide, ran 250′.

All three of these avalanches were triggered on high-elevation North-Northeast aspects.

No one was reported injured or hurt.

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The Utah Avalanche Centre is stressing that people heading into the backcountry should follow key points when it comes to early-season conditions:

“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in the mountains-going for a hike, hunting, trying to ski, board, snowshoe, or firing up the snowmachine: be prepared for avalanches,” said a statement from UAC.

  • Triggering any avalanche regardless of its size can produce serious trauma because of a thin snowpack.
  • Hitting rocks and stumps is a real danger.
  • Don’t end your season early by hitting one of these obstacles

Iin Colorado,  Steamboat Ski Resort says “recent mountain snow coupled with prime snow-making conditions has ski areas optimistic for the upcoming winter season”.

Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Ski Resort have announced they will open on November 12th.

 Steamboat Ski resort plans to open November 23rd.

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And lets not forget news from one of our regular readers in North America – the former No 1 GB ski racer, Martin Bell.

Here at PlanetSKI we are keeping a close eye on the snow in the USA with resorts opening some slopes and we will be updating across the next few days….

Winter is Coming Folks!

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