US Ski Areas Open Weeks Early After Heavy Snow in California

Three resorts in California have fired up some lifts after more than half a metre has fallen. There has been snowfall across some other ski states with another resort in Colorado opening at the weekend. UPDATED

In California the resort of Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) opened on Friday.

It is only the third time in 72 years of operation that the resort has opened in October.

The last time it was able to open in October with comparable terrain was in 2004.


Nearby Boreal resort in Lake Tahoe has also begun its winter season.

Mammoth Mountain in California has also been walloped by the snow and has also open this weekend – 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

It follows early snow and the forecast of more to come.

PlanetSKI was in Mammoth at the start of its season a few years back.

Mammoth Mountain, California. Image © PlanetSKI

Mammoth Mountain, California. Image © PlanetSKI

At lower elevations the storm has brought heavy rain which has helped ease the recent drought conditions in California.

The weather is set too remain unsettled with further snow and rain.

With post-pandemic skiing a real option some UK skiers and snowboarders are looking at a holiday in North America as a bucket list ski trip.

They want to re-start with a trip-of-a-lifetime.

One UK operator, Ski Solutions, reports growing interest and has noticed the good snow in California.

Meanwhile in Colorado there has been some snowfall too.

Loveland is opening today, Saturday 3oth October.


Backcountry skiers and snowboarders are being warned to be careful due to the danger of avalanches.

Some resorts have already opened in Colorado.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has warned of a great er risk of avalanches especially on north- and east-facing slopes at high elevation, where deep early-season snow is building up.

In Wyoming excitement is mounting at one of PlanetSKI’s favourite ski areas in the USA, Jackson Hole.

See here for a story we have just posted on what is new in Jackson Hole for this winter.

13th October 2021. Image c/o Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

13th October 2021. Image c/o Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

In Utah there has been some snow too.

No resorts are open but many people are reported to be hiking up into the back country to make their first turns of the season.

It comes as the White House has outlined new rules for foreign travellers to the US that will affect those heading to ski in the USA this winter.

Flight restrictions are lifted on November 8th.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be checking some other ski areas later and updating this article so do check back…

Skiing in the USA

Skiing in the USA. Image © PlanetSKI.