Get excited everybody! Winter is right around the corner. That means hot chocolate, skiing, single-digit temperatures, skiing, and then of course, there’s skiing. It’s that time of year to be knee deep in powder, master some new moguls and spend as many days on the slopes as possible. This year, we’ve got the scoop on the opening dates and events of your favorite ski / snowboard resorts so you can get stoked and start planning your next ski trip.

Opening Dates

  • Arapahoe Basin
    • October 21, 2016 (Open for their 70th season!)
    • Upcoming Events:
      • November 4-6: A-Basin will be at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo 6 at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • Aspen Highlands
    • December 10, 2016
    • Upcoming Events:
      • November 25, 2016: Thanksjibbing –  2pm in Snowmass Base Village. Watch skiers and snowboarders compete for cash prizes.
  • Aspen Mountain 
    • November 24, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 25, 2016: Thanksjibbing –  2pm in Snowmass Base Village. Come watch invited skiers and snowboarders compete for cash prizes.
  • Beaver Creek
    • November 23, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 23rd: Beaver Creek will bring in the new season with hot cocoa in the morning and opportunities for guests to win lots of prizes.
  • Breckenridge
    • November 11, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 11: Enjoy the new season with film showings, activities at the bar and hot tub and some fun events like Wake Up Breckenridge. There will also be cupcakes and a special beer to wash ’em down.
  • Buttermilk (Aspen)
    • December 10, 2016
    • Upcoming Events:
      • January 26 – 29:  2017 X Games returns to Buttermilk in Aspen for action sports and a music festival in the Colorado snow.
  • Chapman Hill Ski Area
    • TBA
  • Cooper
    • December 10, 2016
  •  Copper Mountain
    • November 18, 2016
  • Crested Butte
    • November 24, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 24: Opening day at Crested Butte begins with a Champagne Toast.
  • Echo Mountain Park
    • TBA
  • Eldora
    • November 18, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 18-20: Opening Day/Weekend Celebration
  • Granby Ranch
    • December 17, 2016
  • Hesperus Ski Area
    • TBA (mid-December)
  • Howelsen Hill
    • November 26, 2016
  • Kendall Mountain
    • December 18, 2016
    • Upcoming Events:
      • Open on Christmas Day
  • Keystone
    • November 4, 2016
  • Loveland Basin
    • November 10, 2016
      • Lift 1 will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Thursday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this opening day run which is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
  • Loveland Valley
    • November 10, 2016
  • Monarch Mountain
    • Late November
  • Powderhorn
    • December 15, 2016
  • Purgatory Resort 
    • November 19, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 19: First chair: 9am. This is Purgatory’s 51st season!
  • Silverton Mountain
    • December 29
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • December 30 – January 1: Silverton: “We’ll have packages with guided skiing and lodging at the newly-renovated Grand Imperial Hotel.”
  • Snowmass (Aspen)
    • November 24, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 25, 2016: Thanksjibbing –  2pm in Snowmass Base Village. Come watch invited skiers and snowboarders compete for cash prizes.
  • Steamboat
    • November 23, 2015
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 23: Free opening day t-shirts to the first 100 in line at the gondola, free hot chocolate, Go Joes will open at 7am for coffee and pastries, there will be an opening Day Happy Hour at the Bear River Bar & Grill from 11:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Sunlight
    • December 19, 2016
  • Telluride
    • November 24, 2016
  • Vail
    • November 18, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 18: Opening day in Vail begins with breakfast burritos, music and giveaways.
  • Winter Park/Mary Jane
    • November 16, 2016
    • Opening Weekend Events:
      • November 16: Winter Park says: “It’s officially time to seize the snow, Winter Park Resort is open for business! The lifts will start turning at 9am; be here and help us kick off our 77th season of skiing and riding. The party will start at 8:30am. There’s no better way to spend your day!”
  • Wolf Creek
    • November 4, 2016
    • Upcoming Events:
      • November 19 – Wolf Creek Cosmic Mountaineering Race