With early snowfall and a highly rated ski school, Keystone is a great place to start your ski or snowboarding season.
As one of the largest snowmakers in the world, they are so confident in their ski conditions that they’ll refund your lift ticket if you’re not happy.
The resort has an elevation of over 1,875 vertical feet and enjoys early-season snowfall, making it an option for a quick weekend trip and flight.
Its unique location on Colorado’s high plateau allows Steamboat to open its trail to skiers and snowboards around Thanksgiving.
Whistler-Blackcomb is another premier Canadian destination for early skiing and snowboarding.
At just over 9,000 feet, the resort’s high-elevation location collects snow early and often throughout the season.
With an elevation of 10,780 feet at its summit, it’s no wonder skiers flock to Mt. Baker in the early season.
Mammoth Mountain is the largest ski resort in California and sits right next to beautiful Mono Lake.
Grand Targhee’s modest pitch, lack of particularly rocky, rough terrain, and constant natural snowfall make it one of the safest bets for snow cover in the early season on the west side of the Tetons.
Sugarloaf is Maine’s tallest winter resort, the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains