Winter Watch

Winter is coming, and we've got our eye on it. While we're all eagerly waiting for our favorite resorts to open, we figured we'd share the snow news as it rolls in.

Nov. 17

Oh, good morning, Colorado. How's that 20 inches of new snow? Beautiful weather patterns are moving across the northwest right now. Breckenridge is reporting 20 inches in the last 24 hours, 28 in the last 48. Copper and Loveland are reporting 14-15 inches, respectively in the last 24, 22-23 in the last 48. A Basin: 10 in 24, 17 in 48. Vail is opening Friday with chairs running from Lionshead and Vail Village.

Up around Wyoming way, Jackson Hole is reporting 12 inches in 24, 20 in the last 48. Over the hill at Grand Targhee, they're claiming 72 inches since the snow started falling this season. Both resorts are scheduled to open the last weekend of November.

Big Sky, Montana is reporting 12 in 24, 20 in 48 and has an opening day of Thanksgiving. It's snowing in Idaho and Washington, and the forecast for Mt. Baker is calling for up to 20 inches to accumulate between now and Friday.

The sun has come back out in Utah, but Snowbird is reporting nine inches in the last 48 hours. Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude are all open. Alta, Brian Head and Park City open this weekend.

In Tahoe, Northstar opens Friday and Squaw Valley opens Saturday.

We'll update this page with a list of opening days soon.

Nov. 12

Mammoth Mountain's chairlifts started spinning yesterday. Unbound Terrain Park Manager Michael Gregory claimed it's the best opening the resort has had in years: "We got a little the night before we opened and the weekend before that 15-20 inches fell. And with cold temps throughout the week we have been blowing tons of snow as well."

As always, Mammoth stepped it up this early season with all new stair set, concrete ledge and planter box rounding out an urban feel to an already fully operational Main Park. With both lower and Upper Gondola running as well, top to bottom runs on surprisingly good pack powder conditions are also in order.

Anyone heading to Mammoth for the weekend can look forward to a stellar lineup of events, from Transworld's 200th issue party at Hyde (with none other than Travis Rice signing autographs) to the premier of Mammoth's "Another Day in Paradise" movie showing at the Village. Both events take place Saturday evening. To top it off Swedish new wavers, The Sounds will be rocking out Canyon Lodge later in the night. For the season opener, you can't get any better than this.

Nov. 11

Mammoth, Calif. and Brighton, Utah opened today. Mammoth is reporting a 14 - 32-inch base. Brighton opened with a 27-inch base. We'll have photos and stories to post tomorrow, which incidentally marks the opening of Solitude. Snowbird opens Nov. 13. Get ready!

Nov. 8

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Squaw Valley received nearly a foot of fresh snow, thanks to a low-pressure system currently moving down the West Coast. Squaw's opening day is scheduled for Nov. 20. In Colorado, Keystone and Copper opened for the season last Friday. And in Utah, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, with 14 to 22 inches of snow expected.

Nov. 3

Just got a fun little movie from Rob Kingwill of his shred session with Kevin Jones on Teton Pass (Jackson Hole, Wyo. backcountry) last week. Check it out:

Nov. 2

Killington, Vermont, opened today with five trails and two lifts and a base depth of 18 inches. The early-season terrain park on Reason is open with a few features. Check out Killington's condition report for more details. Killington isn't the only East Coast resort that's clamoring to get the season going. Sugarloaf, Maine, started making snow today and weather permitting, opening day is scheduled for Nov. 19. Sunday River, Maine, which opened for the weekend on Oct. 22 and then closed again, has racked up eight days of snowmaking so far.

Nov. 1

All last week, people were getting neck deep in new snow. Don't believe us? Check out this gallery », then
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Wolf Creek, Colo. is officially open. Lift tickets are $31. Boreal has also become the first California resort to open, although they are only operating lifts at night (3:30 - 9 p.m.) midweek in order to preserve snow for the weekends, when they'll be open 9 -9. Lift tickets on Friday are only $15, raising to $30 after that.

Timberline, Ore., Trollhaugen, Wisc., and Wild Mountain, Minn. all opened for Halloween weekend, but will be closed during the week. Depending on the temperatures and snow forecast, they may open again next weekend. But then again, they may not. Check the resort websites for more information.

Meanwhile, Loveland, Colo. is reporting a 26-inch base, and 16 runs open, while A-Basin has got an 18-inch base and five trails open. So it looks like, for early season lift shredding, Colorado is the place to be.

Oct. 28

Time to get the rock skis out. Want to know what this last snowstorm looked like? Check out these videos of the coverage on the Hortstman and Blackcomb glacier up in B.C. and a little sneak-tease preview of Jackson Hole's new Burton Stash Park.

Yes, that means people are already out there riding. Are you?

Oct. 26

It's not even Halloween and the storm totals are piling up. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is reporting 33 inches in the past 48 hours. Whistler, BC, got 8 inches, Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon, got 13 inches, Breckenridge, Colorado, got 11 inches and Alta, Utah, is calling for 19 inches. The only resorts open right now are Colorado's Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, but the rest are opening soon. Stay tuned here for the latest updates.

Oct. 25

Lots of new snow reports this morning! Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, opened today under stormy skies and with more new snow in the forecast. Park City, Utah, got a dusting over the weekend and has scheduled their opening day for November 20. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is reporting new snow in the village -- with opening day scheduled for November 27. Aspen, Colorado, has received 13 inches (video proof here) over the past week and plans to open Thanksgiving day, November 25. Squaw Valley, Calif., says they've received two to four inches of snow overnight, with their opening day planned for November 20.

Oct. 24

Thanks to early season snowmaking and the three to five inches that fell around central Colorado last night, today Loveland Ski Area became Colorado's first resort to open. The Colorado forecast is calling for up to two feet over the next three days. Check out details of Loveland's opening day. Arapahoe Basin is opening Monday, Oct. 25.

Oct. 22

On Friday afternoon, Sunday River, Maine -- which recieved nothing but rain in last week's storm -- staked its claim as the first resort in the U.S. to open for the 2010/2011 ski season. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Sunday River is the first East Coast resort to open. Read more about Sunday River's opening day.

Oct. 19

Three-four inches reported above 10,000 feet in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colo. last night. Aspen, Colo. is also reporting a trace of snow, and has sent around this lovely photo to prove it.

Meanwhile, yesterday in northern Finland, Ruka became the first resort to open (one run) in Europe.

Oct. 18

Snowmaking continues at A-Basin and Loveland as rumors swirl in the Twittersphere about an opening late this week. Follow the madness at: #RaceToOpen

Oct. 15

As of 11:30 a.m., Killington Peak, elevation 4,241 feet, has received over 10 inches of snow. At the K-1 Lodge, elevation 2,500 feet, approximately 4 inches has fallen.

Jay Peak posted resort pics from the storm here.

Oct. 13

Winter storm in the Colorado front range drops three inches in Loveland, eight in A Basin, six at Eldora Mountain and ten at Winter Park.

Oct. 11

Copper Mountain has fired up its snowmakers, but is leaving the race to open first game to Loveland and A-Basin. Copper opening date is set for Nov. 5.

Oct. 7

Four inches of wet snow reported at Mammoth's main lodge on October 6, but photos taken after the storm cleared on October 7 show a bit more than that. According to eyewitness reporter and ESPN snowboard blogger Nate Deschenes, "It looks like a little less than a foot of snow. I saw kids headed out in full snow gear this morning.

Check out this video made during the storm.

Oct. 1

Timberline, Ore. will be open Fri-Sun through October. Conditions on the Palmer Snowfield look brutal, but maybe it's better than nothing?

Sept. 30

Last Friday, temperatures dropped in the mountains of Colorado just enough for Loveland Ski Resort to turn on their snowmaking machines for the first time this season. This Friday, the temperatures have risen again, putting a temporary halt on snowmaking, but Loveland still swears they'll be the first ski resort in the country to open: They're shooting to have three runs open by mid-October.

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Sept. 24

Loveland, Colo. starts snowmaking.