When's Opening Day at Your Local Hill? A Full Roundup of Opening Day Dates

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Copper Mountain sees tons of pow, and tons of people, for their opening weekend. Copper Mountain photo.

With the El Niño hype slowly coming to fruition in the form of snow up to our eyeballs shins, we find ourselves participating in the late fall equivalent of the advent calendar-The Opening Day Countdown. While a kind, cold start to the season has already allowed ski areas to open on both coasts, chances are your local hill is planning to press the green button on your favorite chair sometime in the next month. Here's when.

The East Coast

This legend got the goods when Killington opened for a few weeks in October. Killington photo.

With warm weather after a snowy couple of weeks, many Ice Coast resorts are either closing their doors after temporarily opening, or are pushing their projected openings back.

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After a banger 2014-2015 season, we're interested to see how El Niño plays out in the Northeast. With variable conditions on the horizon, these dates are weather dependent and may vary.

Jay Peak, VT: 11/21

Killington, VT: Reopening 11/15

Mad River Glen, VT: 12/13

Mt. Snow: 11/22

Okemo, VT: Sometime after 11/14

Smugglers Notch, VT: 11/27

Stratton, VT: 11/25

Stowe, VT: 11/21

Sugarbush, VT: 11/20

Cannon, NH: 11/29

Loon, NH: 11/16

Sugarloaf, ME: 11/30

Sunday River, ME: 11/25

Waterville, NH: 11/21

Belleayre, NY: 11/27

Bristol, NY: 11/20

Hunter Mountain, NY: 11/22

Windham, NY: 11/26

Whiteface, NY: 11/22

Mont Sant-Sauveur, QC: Sometime after 11/13

Mont Sainte-Anne, QC: 11/21

Tremblant, QC: 11/20

Stoneham, QC: 11/29

Ski Bromont, QC: 11/29

The Midwest

Mount Bohemia is known as an experts only, extreme skiing, Midwest mecca, right? Dana Westbrock photo.

The Midwest may not necessarily be known for it's skiing, but it seems that those days might soon be over. Voodoo Mountain, nearby infamous Mount Bohemia, will be the first cat skiing op in the Midwest starting in December.

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With a handful of pro skiers being raised amongst the farms and flatlands of the midwest, it's no surprise to see that resorts are catering to the alpine inclined.

Afton Alps, MN: 11/24

Coffee Mill Ski, MN: 11/28

Lutsen Mountain, MN: 11/26

Ski Brule, MI: 11/20

Mount Bohemia, MI: 12/27

Voodoo Mountain, MI: 12/26

Crystal, MI: 11/22

Boyne Highlands, MI: TBD

Indianhead, MI: 11/28

Blue Mountain, ON: 12/05

The Rocky Mountains

Wolf Creek is ready to rock and roll with a fresh coat and a few faceshots. Kevin Blue photo.

Ah, the Rocky Mountains. Where the park lines are as long as the pow is tracked... except for this week. With a huge winter weather cycle hitting Colorado and the surrounding areas, The Rockies are getting dumped on right now.

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Opening day is no longer synonymous with heinously long lines of drunk college kids, but more like mid-season conditions and faceshots (and maybe a coreshot) aplenty.

Arapahoe Basin, CO: OPEN

Aspen, CO: 11/14

Beaver Creek, CO: 11/25

Breckenridge, CO: OPEN

Copper, CO: OPEN

Crested Butte, CO: 11/25

Eldora, CO: 11/20

Keystone, CO: OPEN

Loveland, CO: OPEN

Steamboat, CO: 11/25

Silverton, CO: 12/21

Telluride, CO: 11/26

Vail, CO: 11/20

Winter Park, CO: 11/18

Wolf Creek, CO: OPEN

Alta, UT: 11/20

Brighton, UT: 11/20

Deer Valley, UT: 12/5

Park City, UT: 11/21

Snowbird, UT: 11/21

Solitude, UT: 11/21

Big Sky, MT: 11/26

Bridger Bowl, MT: 12/11

Red Lodge, MT: 10/27

Whitefish, MT: 12/5

Grand Targhee, WY: 11/20

Jackson Hole, WY: 11/26

Schweitzer, ID: 12/4

Sun Valley, ID: 11/28

Taos, NM: 11/26

The West Coast

Check out the base of Mammoth last week! Mammoth photo.

With a tough couple of seasons under their belt, California, Oregon, and Washington could use a some solid preseason snow, if only for morale.

RELATED: Mammoth One of the First California Areas to Open

El Niño isn't projected to show it's true colors until late December, but luckily the West Coast is getting a little reminder of what winter's really all about with some early openings.

Baldy, CA: 12/20

Big Bear, CA: 11/13

Boreal Mtn., CA: OPEN

Heavenly, CA: 11/14

Kirkwood, CA: 11/14

Mammoth, CA: OPEN

Northstar, CA: 11/14

Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA: 12/12

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA: OPEN

Mt. Bachelor, OR: 11/27

Timberline, OR: 11/28

Mt. Hood Meadows, OR: 11/21

Alpental, WA: TBA

Mt. Baker, WA: 12/21

Crystal Mountain, WA: 12/02

Summit at Snoqualmie, WA: 12/31

Steven's Pass, WA: 11/20

British Columbia

Mike Douglas and Robin Van Gyn getting after some pre-season pow last week. Paul Morrison/Whister Blackcomb photo.

For those of you up in The Great White North, your winter is just around the corner. Whether you're cat skiing at Bald Face or clipping tickets at Kicking Horse, we're hoping for an epic winter.

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Expect an entourage of van-dwelling skids making the pilgrimage up the Powder Highway to the pow-and-pillow mecca (otherwise known as BC).

Fernie, BC: 12/5

Kicking Horse, BC: 12/12

Revelstoke, BC: 11/28

Whistler/Blackcomb, BC: 11/19

Sunshine Village, AB: 11/14

Red Mountain, BC: 12/21

Mt. Seymour, BC: 12/30

Grouse Mountain, BC: 11/20

Cypress Mountain, BC: 11/20

Silver Star, BC: 11/20

Big White, BC: OPEN

So there you have it; a projected roundup of opening dates to get you through this fortunately short fall. If you haven't started skiing/riding already, saddle up, because winter isn't going anywhere now.

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