Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Opening Day at Squaw Valley

Today is opening day at Squaw Valley, and Thanksgiving weekend is the unofficial opening of ski season. And according to SkiNet.com, 2011/2012 is going to be a good year to hit the slopes. A La Nina weather pattern indicates a colder, wetter winter for the mountains. Book your vacation rental early, so you can get in on all the great skiing at your favorite resort. 

Here are some of the resorts open Thanksgiving, according to OntheSnow.com (you'll find a complete list on their website). Keep in mind that many ski resorts will be opening in the next few days, so be sure to check specific dates for the ski area you're interested in.

Some of the resorts open as of 11/23/11:
  • Arapahoe Basin (CO), 21-inch base, 4 of 7 lifts open
  • Bear Mountain (CA), 12-inch base, 2 of 12 lifts open
  • Beaver Creek (CO), 18-inch base, 11 of 25 lifts open
  • Boreal (CA), 18-inch base, 3 of 9 lifts open
  • Breckenridge (CO), 22-inch base, 10 of 31 lifts open
  • Bretton Woods (NH), 6-inch base, 2 of 9 lifts open
  • Brian Head (UT), 24-inch base, 1 o f 9 lifts open
  • Brighton (UT), 33-inch base, 4 of 7 lifts open
  • Copper Mountain (CO), 20-inch base, 5 of 22 lifts open
  • Grouse Mountain (BC, Canada) 25-inch base, 3 of 5 lifts open
  • Heavenly (CA), 18-inch base, 4 of 30 lifts open
  • Killington (VT), 20-inch base, 2 of 22 lifts open
  • Keystone (CO), 18-inch base, 5 of 20 lifts open
  • Mammoth Mountain (CA), 18-inch base, 6 of 28 lifts open
  • Mt. Baker (WA), 60-inch base, 7 of 10 lifts open
  • Mt. Hood Meadows (OR), 39-inch base, 6 of 12 lifts open
  • Northstar (CA), 18-inch base, 8 of 19 lifts open
  • Park City (UT), 24-inch base, 3 of 16 lifts open
  • Vail (CO), 18-inch base, 9 of 31 lifts open
  • Whistler/Blackcomb (BC, Canada), 52-inch base, 4 of 37 lifts open
  • Winter Park (CO), 18-inch base, 5 of 26 lifts open