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Winter Is Here: 6 Ski Resorts Opening in North America This Weekend

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

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.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.