Ski Season Countdown: Thanksgiving Weekend

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Boulder, CO, Nov. 22--It may seem balmy in some parts, but don't be fooled. Ski season has arrived.

Some parts of the country have already seen big snows. In other parts, mountain crews and snow guns have persevered. Many areas across the country are already open, and more plan to fire up their lifts in the next couple of weeks. Here's the current schedule, conditions permitting, of opening dates.

ArizonaSkiers will have to stick to golfing until mid-December, when Arizona Snowbowl and Sunrise plan to open.

CaliforniaHeavenly, Boreal, Mountain High, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Mammoth are already open for your skiing pleasure. Mt. Shasta, Sierra at Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner, Kirkwood, and Big Bear are setting the date for Thanksgiving weekend.

ColoradoLife's been a beach in Colorado this fall, but the forecasters keep saying that will change.

So far, Breckenridge, Keystone, Winter Park, Loveland Aspen, Snowmass, Copper, Steamboat, Vail, Telluride, and Eldora have opened with plenty of man-made snow and a few dustings of the real thing. Next in line are Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Howelsen, Monarch, Purgatory, Silver Creek, Ski Cooper, and Sunlight which will open over the Thanksgiving holiday. Berthoud Pass is opting for the last week in November, and holding out until December 11 are Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands.

ConnecticutWoodbury is open with one trail and one lift and Mt. Southington Ski Area plans to open on Dec. 4

GeorgiaSky Valley is gearing up to open on Dec. 15

IdahoTraditionally, Turkey Day marks the ski season in this state. Schweitzer, Sun Valley, and Bogus Basin will open on Nov. 25.

IllinoisFor Ski Snowstar, Dec. 1 is the date for carving turns in IL.

IndianaPaoli Peaks and Ski World are slated to open in mid-Dec.

IowaSundown Mountain is planning on Thanksgiving weekend.

MarylandWisp will open on Nov. 25

Maine This year Maine has already gotten a head start on the ski season with Sugarloaf/USA and Sunday River already open. On deck, Shawnee Peak plans to open on Dec. 4.

MassachusettsWith Jiminy Peak operating on the weekends and other resorts such as Berkshire East, Butternut Basin, Catamount and Nashoba Valley planning to open in late November, skiing should be up and running before Thanksgiving dinner has time to settle.

MichiganWith Ski Brule heading up the pack of Midwestern Resorts, many in Michigan plan are following: Indianhead, Marquette, and Norway just opened and Mt. Brighton plans to open by the end of Nov. Make a date with Nub's Nob, Shanty Creek, and Treetop Sylvan for turns on the Thanksgiving weekend. Sugar Loaf, Timber Ridge and Snowsnake are planning on opening mid-Dec.

MinnesotaIt has been a topsy-turvy fall in Minnesota. Wild Mountain opened briefly then closed again, ans now is back open. Buena Vista has seNov. 20 as the date and Mount Kato plans to open post-turkey weekend.

MontanaBig Mountain and Big Sky are hoping for a snowy opening weekend over Thanksgiving. Great Divide, which ran the lifts briefly, will re-open as soon as weather permits. Bridger Bowl is stashing their goods until Dec. 11.

New HampshireIt's winter time in New Hampshire! Wildcat, Waterville Valley, Mount Sunapee, and Attitash/Bear Peak are open and Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore, Gunstock, Ragged Mountain, Tenney Mountain are slated to open over Thanksgiving weekend.

New MexicoEver heard of a Thanksgiving fiesta? Well with the opening of Angel Fire, Red River, Ski Apache, Ski Santa Fe, and Taos opening over Thanksgiving, skiers in New Mexico will be 'Ole!-ing' until green chilies turn red.

New York Hunter and Gore Mountains are already open to the delight of New Yorkers and Peek' n Peak, Ski Platetekill, Ski Windham, and Sterling Forest are scheduled to open on Dec. 11 and 12.

North CarolinaIt's getting' chilly down yonder in NC. Sugar Mountain and Ski Beech are already open. Cataloochee and Hawksnest are planning on skiers carving turns, not birds for Turkey weekend.

OhioExcitement is building for skiers in Ohio. Alpine Valley, Snow Trails, and Brandywine are all scheduled to open the end of Nov.

OregonThe year-round operation at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows are open Anthony Lakes will open on Nov. 26, and Ski Ashland will be open for turns on Nov. 24.

PennsylvaniaAlthough Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, and Camelback are all blowing snow, these areas are saving their best for later and shooting to open in early Dec.

UtahThe Canyons are open! But, Park City has yet to set the date, after delaying their mid-November opening and Snowbird says Nov. 24 is the day.

VermontKillington, Mount Snow, Okemo and Sugarbush, Stowe, Stratton, Bolton Valley and Bromley are all open for turns. Skiers can have fresh, white, fluffy stuff for Thanksgiving desert at Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, and Smugglers' Notch. Mad River Glen, which shuns fake snow, will wait until Dec. 11.

VirginiaBryce and Massanutten are slated to open on Dec. 4 and 5.

WashingtonBluewood is already open and Crystal Mountain is hoping that Mother Nature will kick in some snow so they can open before Thanksgiving.

West VirginiaSnowshoe says Nov. 19 is the date, but Winterplace is waiting until mid-Dec.

WisconsinCascade is opening on Nov. 20, Mt. LaCrosse on Nov. 27 and Sunburst mid-Dec.

WyomingWe want powder! Grand Targhee is open and ski opening day at Hogadon on Nov. 26 and burn off that gargantuan meal of the day before. Or wait a week and ski at Jackson Hole on Dec. 4.

Canada

AlbertaLake Louise and Sunshine are open with numerous snow-covered trails and Banff plans to open on Dec. 3.

British ColumbiaHooray! Blackcomb Mountain, part of Whistler, and Silver Star are open. Mt. Washington is planning to open on Dec. 4

QuebecBon jour! Mont-Sainte-Anne is already up and running.ortlist.cfm?province=Alberta>AlbertaLake Louise and Sunshine are open with numerous snow-covered trails and Banff plans to open on Dec. 3.

British ColumbiaHooray! Blackcomb Mountain, part of Whistler, and Silver Star are open. Mt. Washington is planning to open on Dec. 4

QuebecBon jour! Mont-Sainte-Anne is already up and running.