For those who can't wait to get back on the slopes, early November can offer great skiing and an opportunity to dial in your equipment and strengthen ski muscles before the big one hits. Resorts across the country keep their fingers crossed and their lifts on the ready in hopes of loading the first chairs of the new season. In 2015, the Northeast saw early storm cycles, allowing Killington Resort in Vermont to claim honors as the first North American resort to open. Although Killington’s early season victory was a rarity, it goes to show that it's anyone’s game.

Find out which resorts give you the best opportunity for early-season turns in North America using this list of projected resort openings.

United States

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado (opened on 10/21)

Killington Resort, Vermont (opened on 10/25)

Loveland Ski Area, Colorado (projected opening 11/5)

Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colorado (projected opening 11/11)

Keystone, Colorado, Colorado (projected opening 11/11)

Mammoth Mountain, California (projected opening 11/10) 

Squaw / Alpine, California (projected opening 11/11)

Breckenridge, Colorado  (projected opening 11/11)

Copper Mountain Resort (projected opening 11/11)

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California (projected opening 11/12)


Sunshine Village, Banff (projected opening 11/3)

Mt. Norquay, Banff (projected opening 11/5)

Nakiska, Alberta (projected opening 11/5)

Lake Louise, Banff (projected opening 11/10)

Marmot Basin, Alberta (projected opening 11/11)