Ski Resorts Open Around the World 2016/2017

Snow guns are cranking around the U.S. and people are already skiing pow at resorts open around the world for the 2016/2017 season!

If you need an early season fix, head to Canada for pow or take some hot laps at your nearest icy ribbon of death in the States. Keep an eye on the Alps this year and think about committing to a European vacation—the snow gods are partying over there!

Let all the Jerrys worry about turkeys and early Christmas decorations. Wax up your boards and get to the mountains. It’s time to shred.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort—Canada

Snow Report: Pow!

Resort Status: Open Dec. 9th

With over 5 feet of snow so far, Kicking Horse is the place to be in North America if you want your pow fix early this year.

You’ll have to work for it and know some locals, though. 

The resort had a 7-inch storm this week and is sitting on a 27-inch base, but their current opening day is listed as Dec. 9th.

Killington—Vermont

killington-opening-day-shot

Status: Icy Ribbons of Death

Resort Status: Open!

With an average base depth of 10″ – 16″ and 4 runs open (as of this morning), you can get your legs under you at Killington right now.

They opened on Oct. 24 and temps are cold enough for snowmaking to crank out new runs.

If you’re in the Northeast, you could easily be skiing this weekend. Got anything better to do?

 

Sunshine Village—Canada

Snow Report: Pow!

Resort Status: Open!

Doesn’t that photo look too good to be true for early November?

It’s not. That’s a shot from the mountain cam at Sunshine Village on Nov 2.

Their lifts started spinning when you were on your way to work this morning. Time to examine your priorities. 

 

Passo Stelvio—Italy

Status: Lit

Resort Status: Open!

Passo Stelvio is one of the smaller European resorts and its longest run is still 3 miles long—making Snowbird’s longest, 2 miles, feel short.

Right now they’ve got a 59” base and all 6 lifts are open!

The Alps might be the place to be this year. Consistent early season storms and a promising long-term forecast give you plenty of time to plan your European ski vacation.

 

Arapahoe Basin—Colorado

Photo: Dave Camara, Camara Photography

Status: Icy Ribbons of Death

Resort Status: Open!

With one run (High-Noon) and one terrain park (High Divide) open at A-Basin you can take your first laps in the Rockies.

They’ve got an 18-inch base at mid-mountain and temps for snowmaking in the forecast every night this week.

It might not be much, but it’s better than watching your favorite ski flick at home in your boots.

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