Opening dates for ski resorts in California and Nevada, sorted alphabetically:
Bear Valley Resort – November 25
Bear Valley officially announced a mid-December open but typically opens early for Thanksgiving Weekend.
Big Bear Mountain – December 2
Big Bear has not announced its opening date yet, so this is an estimate based on past seasons. Twin resort Snow Summit can be expected to open the same weekend.
Boreal Mountain – November 14
Boreal has a long-standing history of being one of the first to open along with Palisades and Mammoth if the season is good. Last year it opened on October 28 after an early 3ft dump.
China Peak – December 16
Opening day is yet to be announced at China Peak but based on past years, we estimate it will be mid-December.
Diamond Peak – December 8
Diamond Peak is planning on opening on December 8, weather permitting. It may open a few days early if there is early snow.
Dodge River – December 16
Dodge River has not announced, so this is an estimate based on past seasons.
Heavenly Mountain Resort – November 18
Heavenly said in late August that it’s aiming for a November 18 opening this year.
Homewood Mountain – December 16
This is a conservative estimate for Homewood Mountain. In good conditions, it has opened on the first December weekend in the past few years.
June Mountain – December 9
Mammoth’s sister resort June Mountain typically opens four weeks after Mammoth.
Kingvale Resort – December 24
Kingvale is a newly reopened resort, so we can only estimate a Christmas opening at this time.
Kirkwood Mountain – December 2
Kirkwood announced its plans to open on December 2 on Twitter three weeks ago.
Lee Canyon – December 16
Lee Canyon only gives a rough estimate for opening at this stage.
Mammoth Mountain – November 11
Mammoth kicks off with a winter kick-off party at Mountain Broadway Express (Chair 1).
Mt Baldy – December 16
Mt Baldy also has not announced its exact opening date, so this is an estimate based on last year’s opening day.
Mt Rose Ski Tahoe – November 3
Mt Rose likes to be the first to open in the Tahoe area; therefore, aims for a season-opening on November 3.
Mountain High – December 3
Mountain High will open on December 3, but the resort is known to open early if conditions allow.
Northstar California – November 18
Northstar announced its opening for mid-November and will showcase its new 6-chair.
Palisades Tahoe – November 22
Palisades has confirmed it will open on November 22 and will have its new gondola spinning, connecting the two valleys.
Shasta Ski Park – December 17
Mt Shasta will open in mid-December, as always.
Sierra-at-Tahoe – November 24
Sierra announced it will aim for a fairly early season opening on November 24.
Snow Valley Mountain – December 9
Based on the last few seasons, we estimate an early-ish December opening for Snow Valley.
Soda Springs – November 25
Family-friendly Soda Springs is planning on opening on Thanksgiving
Sugar Bowl – November 25
Sugar Bowl confirmed this week on Facebook that it is opening at the end of November. The cross-country area at Royal Gorge will likely open 2-3 weeks later, depending on snow conditions.
Tahoe Donner Cross Country & Tahoe Donner Downhill Resort – December 17
We assume that Tahoe Donner will open both the Downhill and the Cross Country skiing the weekend before Christmas as they did in the past.
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard – December 24
Yosemite states it will open for skiing in mid-December, but we estimate an opening on Christmas Eve based on last year.
We hope we have covered all the main resorts. Give us a shout if we have left off your favorite local resort on our list. There are less than seven weeks until the first resort in the CA/NV area opens, and maybe even less with some luck. So do your best snow dance, scrape off the storage wax, and start getting ready for the 22/23 season!