Think October is just for hiking, leaf-peeping, and camping? Think again, because snow is falling and ski resorts are open.
Ski season doesn’t usually start in October, but for some resorts, it will. Last weekend, a Banff resort had its earliest opening weekend in history. And this weekend, several other mountains are following suit.
It’s by no means a record to see ski resorts open this early — at least not in Colorado, where some resorts have historically opened as early as the first week of October — but it is impressive. So if you live in North America, now’s the time to grab a new shell or bib if you need it, wax those skis, or take a backcountry safety course. Because ski season is here.
Note: Due to the pandemic, many resorts have modified operations and may require reservations. Read how resorts’ protocols have changed for the 2020/21 season here.
List of Resorts and Opening Dates
- Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs, Colorado (opened yesterday)
- Wild Mountain Resort in Taylors Falls, Minnesota (opened Sunday)
- Mont du Lac Resort in Superior, Wisconsin (opened Saturday)
- Trollhaugen Troll in Dresser, Wisconsin (opened today)
- Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada (opened today)
- Mt. Norquay Banff in Banff, Alberta, Canada (opened Saturday)
Looking for more ski destinations? Watch for a few Epic Pass and Ikon Pass Resorts opening on November 6. Find more opening date info for North American Resorts here.