Salt Lake City, UT – Face it: while you’re sitting on your duff at home this weekend looking at photos of people skiing (admittedly, we are too!), some others are actually doing it.
Early season skiers were getting in some turns at a total of 10 ski resorts across western North America this weekend, and another 11 resorts are now open across Europe. The open resort count will increase exponentially in the coming weeks as the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches, so it’s high time that you used your Sunday more wisely, perhaps to figure out which box you tossed those goggles into last spring so that you’re ready to ski!
A 30-inch snowstorm prompted Big Sky Resort in Montana to open for a single preview day of skiing on Saturday. (photo: Big Sky Resort)
Keystone opened on schedule on Friday with 1,600 vertical feet, the most currently available in Colorado. (photo: Keystone Resort)
On Friday, Lake Louise joined nearby Mt. Norquay opening in western Canada. (photo: Dan Evans)
A 20-inch snowstorm allowed Wolf Creek, near Pagosa Springs, Colo., to open four lifts this weekend. (photo: Rosanne H. Pitcher/Wolf Creek Resort)
Snowmaking and grooming got the Lower Richards run added to Loveland’s trail count for the weekend. (photo: Loveland Ski Area)
Southern California even got in on the act at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood. (photo: Mountain High Resort)
A strong season start got Mammoth open top-to-bottom this weekend via Cornice Bowl, pictured here. (photo: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)
Boreal Mountain is also open in California, near Truckee. (photo: Boreal Mountain)
Mt. Norquay was the first western ski resort to open this week. (photo: Mt. Norquay)
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, above Reno, inaugurated its relocated Wizard chairlift on Friday. (photo: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe)
(photo: Hintertux, Austria)
(photo: Ruka, Finland)
(photo: Stubaier Gletscher, Austria)
(photo: Zermatt, Switzerland)