Opening Dates Winter 20-21
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The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
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Snowshoe website indicates that opening has been postponed until Dec 4

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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Sugar Mountain is open today.  Cataloochee opens tomorrow morning, Nov. 19.  So most likely there will be skiing over Thanksgiving weekend after the warm up expected early next week.

Beech and App are waiting until there is more chance of not losing a new base in less than a week of turning on the snow guns.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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Canaan Valley plans to open Dec. 12 according to their website as of Nov. 19.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago (edited one month ago)
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Here's a partial list of opening dates around the county in Nov. 20-30.  Note that in some cases, the first few days or weeks are for passholders only.  Not all the recent changes have been delays.  A few places out west will end up opening earlier than announced because of recent snowstorms.  Delays are happening for two reasons, the usual weather issues and/or COVID-19 restrictions.

* Epic

** Ikon

Nov 20: *Vail
Nov 20: *Stowe
**Nov 20: Killington, VT - was Nov 14
Nov 20: Brian Head
Nov 20: Grand Targhee (first year MCP)
**Nov. 20: Solitude
Nov 20: AZ Snowbowl
Nov 20: Mount Baker - was Nov 27
Nov 21: Purgatory
**Nov 21: Steamboat
**Nov. 21: Alta
**Nov 21: Sugarbush, VT
**Nov 23: Eldora
**Nov 23: Jackson Hole - was Nov 26

Nov 25: *Beaver Creek
Nov 25: *Crested Butte
**Nov 25: Squaw/Alpine
Nov. 25: *Snowbasin
Nov 25: *Stowe, VT
Nov 25: *Okemo, VT
**Nov 25: Stratton, VT
**Nov 25: Mount Snow, VT
**Nov 25: Snowshoe, WV

**Nov 26: Big Sky
**Nov 26: Aspen Mountain
**Nov 26: Snowmass
*Nov 26: Sun Valley - Epic Partner
Nov 27: Jay Peak, VT
Nov 27: Smuggler’s Notch, VT
Nov 27: Schweitzer
Nov 28: Mount Hood Meadows
**Nov 30: Copper
Nov 30: Bolton Valley, VT
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The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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Snowshoe moved opening to Dec 4
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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Aspen and Snowmass are going to open a day earlier than announced.  Will have lifts running on Wed, Nov. 25.
RodneyBD - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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166 posts
Bump.  I need something to look forward to!
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago (edited one month ago)
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RodneyBD wrote:

Bump.  I need something to look forward to!

Here's an updated list of random places I'm paying attention to for one reason or another.  There are actually quite a few resorts already open in other regions.  Delayed openings I've heard about lately have been to low snow or warm weather.  Still early season after all.  NC ski areas that will be open this weekend include Sugar, Cataloochee, App, and Beech.  Hopefully can stay open next week if the cold hangs around long enough.

The dates for Timberline and Massanutten aren't official.

Dec 4: Snowshoe, WV - was Nov 25
Dec 5: Whiteface, NY - was Nov 27, then Dec 4
Dec 5: Gore, NY
Dec 5: Beech Mountain, NC
Dec 7: Solitude, UT - was Nov. 20
Dec 10: Sugarbush, VT - was Nov 21, then Dec 3
Dec 11: Smuggler’s Notch, VT - was Nov 27, then Dec 4

Dec 12?: Timberline, WV
Dec 18: Aspen Highlands, CO - was Dec 12
Dec 19?: Massanutten, VA
nickhaas212
one month ago
Member since 11/13/2019
26 posts

Bryce is Dec. 18th and Wintergreen is still Dec.11th.

marzNC wrote:

RodneyBD wrote:

Bump.  I need something to look forward to!

Here's an updated list of random places I'm paying attention to for one reason or another.  There are actually quite a few resorts already open in other regions.  Delayed openings I've heard about lately have been to low snow or warm weather.  Still early season after all.  NC ski areas that will be open this weekend include Sugar, Cataloochee, App, and Beech.  Hopefully can stay open next week if the cold hangs around long enough.

The dates for Timberline and Massanutten aren't official.

Dec 4: Snowshoe, WV - was Nov 25
Dec 5: Whiteface, NY - was Nov 27, then Dec 4
Dec 5: Gore, NY
Dec 5: Beech Mountain, NC
Dec 7: Solitude, UT - was Nov. 20
Dec 10: Sugarbush, VT - was Nov 21, then Dec 3
Dec 10: Timberline, WV
Dec 11: Smuggler’s Notch, VT - was Nov 27, then Dec 4

Dec 12?: Timberline, WV
Dec 18: Aspen Highlands, CO - was Dec 12
Dec 19?: Massanutten, VA
wgo
one month ago
Member since 02/10/2004
1,305 posts
Email from Massanutten on Dec. 7 indicated a Mid-December opening date. Nothing more specific than that yet.
nickhaas212
one month ago
Member since 11/13/2019
26 posts
T'line and even CV getting more snow today and snowmaking on full blast. Timberline has been making snow for 60+ hours straight now and they are now going to start switching to other areas of the mountain. Wouldn't be surprised if they do open up this weekend.
HVdad
one month ago
Member since 01/9/2018
35 posts
Seven Springs is opening this Saturday. 9.00A-4.00P
Scott - DCSki Editor
one month ago
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HVdad wrote:

Seven Springs is opening this Saturday. 9.00A-4.00P

I have a story with a few more details here.  I haven't seen any firm opening dates from Canaan Valley Resort, Wisp, or Timberline yet.

dukegrad96
one month ago
Member since 10/21/2020
18 posts

Looks like Roundtop won't open this Saturday: twitter.com

However Jack Frost is opening: facebook.com

Debating whether I should still get my Covid test today to head up to PA. Is the drive to JF worth the extra 2 hours each way for a few trails?

snapdragon
one month ago
Member since 01/27/2015
152 posts
At a Benjamin a pop you better get a couple days in...costs more to get tested than the cost of a day ticket...well stick a lamprey in my wallet...yew! 
FreshPow
one month ago
Member since 01/2/2008
174 posts

Regarding skiing PA as a non-resident. I've heard from reliable source at least one ski area views testing is required only if one stays longer than 24 hours. So if a day visitor at a 'day hill'..... 

So take or discard that as you may. ;-)

Scott - DCSki Editor
one month ago
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1,113 posts

FreshPow wrote:

Regarding skiing PA as a non-resident. I've heard from reliable source at least one ski area views testing is required only if one stays longer than 24 hours. So if a day visitor at a 'day hill'..... 

So take or discard that as you may. ;-)

A ski area's thoughts on the matter are probably irrelevant, as they're not responsible for enforcing the state law.  According to this story in The Morning Call, Pennsylvania state and local police plan on relying largely on voluntary compliance of visitors and do not plan on setting up checkpoints.  If it becomes clear that a lot of violations are occurring, though, that enforcement policy could change on a dime.  And it would be simple for them to set up a checkpoint at the entrance/exit of a ski resort.  It would also be an obvious (and newsworthy) story if a bunch of out-of-state residents were flagrantly violating the law and congregating at PA ski areas -- which could end up hurting a ski area and cause aggressive enforcement actions to occur if there's a community backlash.  In the eyes of many people, skiing is a luxury activity and I don't think there would be much sympathy for skiers ignoring the guidelines.  Of course, this has a heavy toll on the tourism industry as well -- tourism is off by over 50% in Pennsylvania this year.

It's a pretty unfortunate situation all around.

jpetraiuolo
one month ago
Member since 02/11/2020
47 posts
Timberline opening for a “preview” this weekend! 
wfyurasko - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
Member since 07/27/2014
181 posts

dukegrad96 wrote:

Looks like Roundtop won't open this Saturday: twitter.com

However Jack Frost is opening: facebook.com

Debating whether I should still get my Covid test today to head up to PA. Is the drive to JF worth the extra 2 hours each way for a few trails?

Jack Frost doesn't have much vertical and if it's just a few trails open, I would not go to the trouble. I went once long ago, it was fine, but I was with a friend and stayed the night before in Pennsylvania, I think.

I think Bryce has similar vertical.

squeakywheels
one month ago
Member since 08/4/2017
23 posts

Bryce projected opening date is 12/18.

Scott - DCSki Editor
one month ago
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Canaan Valley Resort currently plans to open December 19.
wgo
one month ago
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1,305 posts
Massanutten tentative opening date has been announced: Dec 19
dclivejazz
one month ago
Member since 03/5/2017
24 posts

Scott wrote:

FreshPow wrote:

Regarding skiing PA as a non-resident. I've heard from reliable source at least one ski area views testing is required only if one stays longer than 24 hours. So if a day visitor at a 'day hill'..... 

So take or discard that as you may. ;-)

A ski area's thoughts on the matter are probably irrelevant, as they're not responsible for enforcing the state law.  According to this story in The Morning Call, Pennsylvania state and local police plan on relying largely on voluntary compliance of visitors and do not plan on setting up checkpoints.  If it becomes clear that a lot of violations are occurring, though, that enforcement policy could change on a dime.  And it would be simple for them to set up a checkpoint at the entrance/exit of a ski resort.  It would also be an obvious (and newsworthy) story if a bunch of out-of-state residents were flagrantly violating the law and congregating at PA ski areas -- which could end up hurting a ski area and cause aggressive enforcement actions to occur if there's a community backlash.  In the eyes of many people, skiing is a luxury activity and I don't think there would be much sympathy for skiers ignoring the guidelines.  Of course, this has a heavy toll on the tourism industry as well -- tourism is off by over 50% in Pennsylvania this year.

It's a pretty unfortunate situation all around.

 If you are a Montgomery County resident you can get a free test just about any day of the week. You may not get the results fast though: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html

squeakywheels
one month ago
Member since 08/4/2017
23 posts
Bryce opens tomorrow 12/17.
Laurel Hill Crazie - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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Seven Springs web site says they will reopen beginning full time this Friday, 12/18. Hidden Valley will open for the season on Friday. Both 7S and HV will open at noon Friday. No opening day set for Laurel but my guess is mid-week next week at the latest. They usually open with all of their snowmaking trails. Maybe this will be the first time that most of the natural snow trails will open too. Further east on the Allegheny Front, Blue Knob will reopen Friday at 10 am.
mdr227
one month ago
Member since 01/11/2016
129 posts
Yet again you have to give Bryce credit for being one of the first local resorts to open.   They surely received some helpful snow yesterday, but even without that they had been making snow and are one of the more efficient resorts about getting terrain open without natural snow.    
dclivejazz
one month ago (edited one month ago)
Member since 03/5/2017
24 posts

Whitetail just tweeted they are open Sunday at 9 am. The implication is they will not open tomorrow as scheduled.

twitter.com

Liberty also tweeted they will be open Sunday at 10 am. Roundtop tweeted they will be open Saturday at 9 am. 



nickhaas212
one month ago
Member since 11/13/2019
26 posts


 Bryce is always got the people's back when it comes to being a good little mountain!

mdr227 wrote:

Yet again you have to give Bryce credit for being one of the first local resorts to open.   They surely received some helpful snow yesterday, but even without that they had been making snow and are one of the more efficient resorts about getting terrain open without natural snow.    
squeakywheels
one month ago
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squeakywheels
one month ago
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End of the day at Bryce.
bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
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670 posts

squeakywheels wrote:

End of the day at Bryce.

 Thanks, SW.  Great to see this wintry scene at the end of a very long and trying year.  Hope to ski Bryce soon.

Woody

Vermont
one month ago
Member since 12/26/2019
174 posts
Sweet picture SW! Only time I went there was for grass skiing years ago, it was Horst’s idea to bring grass skiing there  he ran the ski school 
squeakywheels
one month ago
Member since 08/4/2017
23 posts

Grass skiing is tough! :-)

Bryce would have opened without the snow storm. But the storm made everything so much better.

squeakywheels
one month ago
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Vermont
one month ago
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174 posts

squeakywheels wrote:

Grass skiing is tough! :-)

Bryce would have opened without the snow storm. But the storm made everything so much better.

 They had rentals for only about 20$ and a lesson was not much more but I skipped that because they were just hanging on the rope tow/ flat area and I figured I needed some more movement ( not saying speed because it wasn’t that fast) for less friction and easier stearing so went directly to the chair and had fun!  back in the day being on longer skis up to 210’s  and going on surfaces like the plastic white mats they used to use at Killington to get you passed the bare spots and actually skiing on grass with real skis to get down some trails I was somewhat prepared 

I first heard of the grass skiing at Bryce when they had a front page picture on the Weekend section of the Washington post, Horst was a contemporary of one of my old friends Karl Platner so he thought it was fine that I went without instructions 

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