Gamble, Then Ski

Planning to spend the weekend gambling in Vegas or Reno? Pack your skis and visit the poker table after a few laps at Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort or Boreal. Both will be open this weekend.

Less expected than snow in Palm Springs on the Fourth of July, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort claims the second resort opening in the country. Only 30 miles from downtown Las Vegas, the beginner run might be sufficient for anxious skiers depleting all of their winter funds at the casinos nearby. Plus, lift tickets are only $20. Reporting a 12 to 18-inch base (comparable to opening bases at Colorado resorts), Rabbit Peak Run, which includes a beginner park, will be open from 9 to 4 p.m. starting today.

Boreal opens its lifts Friday, as the earliest opening date on record and the first resort in California. For $30, adults can access the park and one run off the Castle Peak Quad Lift. Until winter makes a more permanent arrival, the resort will only be open Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays. Lessons, rentals, and food will all be available for the opening weekend.

Check the conditions at Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

Check out the weather and snow conditions at Boreal.


Bear Valley, California

California's Bear Valley Ski Area Gets an Upgrade

Bear Valley Ski Resort, located in the Central Sierra Nevada Range in California, hopes to remain quaint despite plans for major renovations this spring, including village developments, a new lift, and the addition of 400 skiable acres.

Snow at Squaw

Opening Day at Squaw

Squaw Valley will crank the lifts on November 21, with opening ceremonies that include skier and BASE jumper, J.T Holmes, leaping from the Cable Car and a champagne toast with Johnny Moseley.

#6: Solitude, UT

Halloween Opening Days

Utah’s Solitude and Colorado’s Wolf Creek open October 31. As the first resort in Utah to open, Solitude offers one lift to season passholders, while Wolf Creek opens three.

Revelstoke, British Columbia, first developed as a transcontinental railroad boomtown in the late 1800s.  It faded and became a sleepy logging town for the next 100 years.  But last winter, Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened and the town's second boom officially hit.  The master plan: develop the only ski resort in the world to offer lift, cat-, and heli-skiing right from the village, and over the next 15 years, develop lifts, a projected 10,000 acres of terrain, and the longest run in North America at 5,620 vertical feet.  Photographer Matthew Scholl was there on opening day; click "Next" to see what he captured. Above: Skier Colin Puskas.

Casting Call for All Ski Bums

Do you live in your van, eat PBJs, and live the life of an unemployed ski fanatic? If so, you’re qualified to enter the Powder Highway Ski Bum contest, where you can win lift tickets, heli-skiing, hotel rooms, and more along Canada’s best ski route.