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.
#6: Solitude, UT

This fall has seen an unprecedented early-season snowfall. And ski resorts around the country are responding with earlier than expected opening days. Saturday, October 31, Solitude, in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon, will open Link Lift to access Easy Street with snow the full width of the run for season passholders only. Skiing will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and then reopen November 6 for the general public with two lifts. Season passholders must print out a voucher from www.skisolitude.com/index.phpto ski this Saturday. Full season passes for adults cost $999.

 Reporting eight inches of new snow overnight and 46 inches reported for this season, Wolf Creek just announced its Halloween opening. The Nova, Treasure, and Bonanza lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult lift tickets cost $31 and $18 for youngsters. 


Ski Utah Snowflak

Seventeen Days and Counting…

Snowbird locals sent us a YouTube video this week tracking the above average seasons of the past two years and this one liner: “Snowing hard in Little Cottonwood right now.” It’s official, winter is here, but when will Utah resorts open?

A-Basin 2

The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.

mammoth opening

Coast to Coast Early Openings and Free Skiing

In response to the second earliest season on record, Mammoth Mountain offers free skiing this Friday for opening day. If you live on the other coast, Sunday River, the first resort in the East opened today.

#7: Breckenridge, CO

Toast Opening Day at Breckenridge With a Plate of Pancakes

Thursday, November 12, three chairs, four runs, and three jumps open at Breckenridge Resort in Colorado. Complimentary pancakes, free parking, and prizes commence the resort’s opening.

Snowmass gondola

More Than an Early Season Dusting

Forget aiming for 100 ski days a year. With snowfall this early in the season, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado’s most dedicated can get 200-plus days.

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.

Baker Opener

Mt. Baker Opens with a Hefty Base

Most resorts’ opening day consists of one run, maybe two. Wednesday, November 12, Washington’s Mt. Baker ski resort opened with 67 inches of snow at the base and eight lifts.

Jess Cummings Action shot

Skier Superpipe to be Included at X Games

Two new events—male skier superpipe and snowmobile knockout—are added to the roster for the 2010 Winter X Games, planned for January 28-31 at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. Plans don’t yet include women’s superpipe. We asked X Games competitor Jess Cummings why.