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These 10 Mountains Are Already Getting Snow

What better way to ring in fall than with a reminder that winter’s around the corner? Here’s where the white stuff has already made its debut.

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Our Winter Gear Guide has dropped, season pass sales are winding down, and it’s just about time to get the sprinklers blown out for the season. To the average person, there are signs that autumn is here. But for skiers, they represent a high likelihood that it’s snowing somewhere, right this very second.

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Indeed, a handful of ski resorts have already notched their first flakes, mostly in the high elevations of Colorado’s Rockies, the Tahoe Basin, and upper reaches of the Canadian Rockies. And with the projection of a triple-dip La Niña teasing us with a potentially snowier than usual winter in certain parts of the country, there’s sure to be more on the way soon.

Here’s where Ullr has already left his mark. We’ll update this space as more ski resorts don their winter whites, so check back often.

Where It’s Already Snowing in Ski Country

Marmot Basin, Alb.

  • First Snow: Sept. 19
  • Opening Day: Nov. 19

The first storm of the season came in quick and powerful at this northern Alberta ski area, making it look almost skiable.

What a difference in only 24 hours! ❄️🥳

Posted by Marmot Basin on Monday, September 19, 2022

Mt. Rose, Nev.

  • First Snow: Sept. 19
  • Opening Day: Nov. 3

Flakes were a’swirling around Rose’s Zephyr Express six-pack chair earlier this week. The resort has the highest base elevation in the Tahoe region at 8,260 feet.

First snow of the season!!! Don't forget to buy your season pass by September 30th for the lowest rates. We will be Bobos Ski and Board this weekend, so if you haven't locked in your season already, stop by and get it done. Buy your pass, sign the waiver, and get dialed and styled for this winter at Bobos. Season pass holders receive a $25 cash coupon!#8260wherethesnowis #skirose

Posted by Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe on Monday, September 19, 2022

Big Sky, Mont.

  • First Snow: Sept. 16
  • Opening Day: Nov. 24

There was enough of the white stuff at the top of Big Sky’s tram that the construction crew working at the 11,166-foot summit was able to make a little snowman.

first snow Big Sky
(Photo: Courtesy of Big Sky Resort)

Loveland Ski Area, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: Oct. 29

Great shot of Loveland’s Ptarmigan Chair on the right, Chair 2 on the left, and an expansive view of the Basin.

Copper Mountain, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: Nov. 19

The first storm of the season blew in on the morning of Sept. 15, swirling around the terminus of the Excelerator chair. These images were taken later that day.

Another glimpse of the snowfall this morning. Are you pumped or what?!#TheAthletesMountain

Posted by Copper Mountain on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Breckenridge, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: Nov. 11

A pretty little dusting on Breckenridge’s hike-to, high-alpine bowls. 

Arapahoe Basin, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: Oct. 22

Bundle up if you plan to partake in A-Basin’s last summer weekend. This was the view from the summit, at 13,050 feet, last week.

Snowing On The Summit http://dlvr.it/SYNvlx

Posted by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: Nov. 24

Gorgeous images from local photographers Jeremy Swanson and Tamara Susa of the high peaks around Snowmass Resort.

Keystone Resort, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 15
  • Opening Day: late October

A dusting of snow over Keystone’s Independence Bowl, where you can hike or take the snowcat for powder turns come mid-winter.

Who says wearing white after Labor Day is a bad thing? Looks like Summit County got a nice dusting today, and our Independence bowl got a taste! #winteriscoming

Posted by Keystone Resort on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Banff Sunshine, Alb.

  • First Snow: Sept. 9
  • Opening Day: Nov. 10

Winter comes early to the high peaks in the Canadian Rockies, and Banff Sunshine is often the first to reap the benefits. Good thing, as there’s no snowmaking at this resort.

We couldn’t be more excited for the 2022/23 season! This is from TODAY!

Posted by Banff Sunshine Village on Friday, September 9, 2022