Grab your skis and snowboards, and head to an open ski area near you

After what felt like a long fall, skiers and snowboarders are ready to return to the slopes. COVID has made it difficult to determine which resorts will open, and under what circumstances. However, snow sports enthusiasts will rejoice to hear that several ski areas have already opened, with more openings on the horizon. So grab your gear and load the car. Here are the opening dates for ski areas across the Southwest.

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Sunsets at Snowbowl are surreal.Tiona Eversole

Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff

November 19

Elk Ridge Ski Area, Williams

Sunrise Park Resort, Greer 


Crested Butte Ski Area, Crested Butte

November 25

Hesperus Ski Area, Hesperus


Kendall Mountain, Silverton

December 12 (projected)

Monarch Ski Area, Salida


Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Mesa

November 27

Purgatory Resort, Durango

November 20

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Wide open spaces (and epic terrain) await you at Silverton Mountain.Silverton Mountain

Silverton Mountain, Silverton

November 25 (Heli Skiing)

December 26 (Guided Skiing)

Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride

November 26

Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs

October 28

New Mexico

*New Mexico’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, issued an emergency health order effective November 16 – November 30. This prevents any New Mexico ski areas to open through November 30.

Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire

December 10

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos

December 11

Red River Ski Area, Red River


Sipapu Ski Resort, Vadito


Ski Apache, Alto

December 17

Ski Santa Fe, Santa Fe


Ski your heart out at Taos Ski Valley.Brandon Mathis

Taos Ski Valley, Taos



Brian Head Resort, Brian Head

November 20

Eagle Point, Beaver

December 18 

With COVID cases on the rise, these dates are subject to change — resorts could close at any time. Before you head out on your next ski trip, check the ski area’s website for announcements and updates to any resort operations, and make sure to comply with any new protocols or procedures the ski area might have in place. Let’s do our part to keep ski areas operating so that we can enjoy fresh tracks all season long!