Everywhere You Can Ski This Thanksgiving Day

Everywhere You Can Ski This Thanksgiving Day

For many ski areas across the country, Thanksgiving marks the start of the ski season. Generally speaking, temperatures have dropped, snow-making machines have been firing for weeks and Mother Nature tends to drop a dusting to help things along. Unfortunately, we’re not seeing the snowfall of last year’s epic proportions, which has forced some ski areas to push back their opening days, but below is a list of every ski area in the country, from East to West, that will be spinning lifts on Thanksgiving Day. So pack your pocket turkey, grab the family and get to skiing. It’s what the pilgrims would have wanted!

SKIER: Tuck Graham | PHOTO: Dave Camara | LOCATION: Arapahoe Basin, CO

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is already open for the 2023-24 season, so what’re you waiting for!?

Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass both open on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, but skiers will have to wait until December 9 to get on top of Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Beaver Creek

Weather and conditions permitting, Beaver Creek is set to open November 22.

Big Sky

New this year, Big Sky plans to open earlier than ever before on November 22.

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin is kicking off the 2023-24 season by opening its terrain park on Saturday, November 18. Note: the mountain is not allowing uphill access in preparation for opening day.

Breck is impressive based on pure statistics: five peaks, 2,908 acres of terrain, 3,398 feet of vert, 34 lifts, 187 trails and 300 inches of average annual snowfall.
PHOTO: Eric Cohen


Breckenridge is open and ready to shred for the 2023-24 season.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain isn’t about to miss out on the early season fun.

Crested Butte

Southern Colorado’s favorite destination will start spinning its lifts November 22.

Crystal Mountain

Depending on weather, Crystal Mountain aims to open November 22.

Eldora Mountain

Eldora is just 21 miles North of Boulder and the ski area plans to open this Friday, November 17.

Grand Targhee

The other Teton County ski resort opens Friday, November 17 with limited terrain open.

Keystone Resort

Opening Day is old news for Keystone, which has been open for the season since November 1.

Killington Resort

Killington has been servicing ice coasters as its winter fix since November 3.

Lake Louise

Don’t forget about our friends up North, Banff is beginning to look a lot like ski season.

Loveland Ski Area

Loveland wasn’t far behind A-Basin and Keystone opening on November 10.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain was able to kick off its season on November 10 as well.

SKIER: Zack Giffin LOCATION: Mt. Baker

Okemo Resort

Vermonters rejoice! Okemo Resort is set to start spinning lifts this Friday, November 17.

Palisades Tahoe

Prep the turkey two days in advance because Palisades Tahoe opens November 22.


The only Salt Lake City ski area to be open before Thanksgiving, Solitude resumed winter on November 1.


Steamboat is gearing up for ski season’s kick-off on November 22.

Sun Valley

What better way to work up a turkey dinner appetite than a few laps at Sun Valley on opening day, November 23?

Sunday River

Sunday River welcomed the 2023-24 ski season on November 14.

Vail Ski Resort

One of the earliest openings for Vail ever, the ski resort is now open for the 2023-24 ski season.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler is giving Canadians a reason to celebrate on November 23 with its set opening date.

Winter Park

Winter Park is channeling winter and has been since November 3.

Wolf Creek

With snow in the forecast, it’s a good time to head down to Pagosa Springs. Lift tickets are at Local Appreciation rates until the next significant snowfall.  Appreciation rates are $66 for adults, $47 for seniors and $33 for children. 

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