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Snow is Falling: Opening Days Are Not Far Behind for California and Nevada Ski Resorts

November 3, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Storms are already bringing snow to many California and Nevada ski resorts, sending promises of a good start to the 2016-17 season, Ski California said today.

Most of Ski California’s 28 member resorts have set their opening dates for the upcoming ski season, with some opening this week. Below are projected opening dates (as of today), weather and snow conditions permitting. If a specific date is not listed, skiers are encouraged to keep checking the resort’s website for opening day or sign up for snow alerts. Easy links to all resort websites are found at

Skiers and snowboarders are also being encouraged to purchase the famed “Gold Pass” to access every member resort with a fully transferable pass and no blackout dates.

Northern California/Northern Nevada:

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: Oct. 31
Boreal Mountain Resort: TBD (ASAP).
Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge Cross County: Nov. 1
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows: Nov. 11
Northstar California: Nov. 18
Heavenly Mountain Resort: Nov. 18
Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 18
Soda Springs: Dec. 4
Tahoe Donner: Early December
Homewood Mountain Resort: Dec. 9
Mt. Shasta Ski Park: Mid-December
Diamond Peak: Dec. 15
Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBD.
Tahoe Cross Country: Ice rink opens Dec. 10; regular season begins Jan. 4

Central California:

Mammoth Mountain: Nov. 9
China Peak: Tentatively Thanksgiving weekend.
June Mountain: Dec. 10
Bear Valley: TBD.
Bear Valley Cross Country: TBD (expected mid-November).
Dodge Ridge: TBD.
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area: Dec. 16

Southern California:

Snow Valley: Nov. 18 (weather permitting)
Mountain High: Mid-November (could be earlier with favorable weather conditions)
Big Bear Mountain Resorts (Snow Summit and Bear Mountain): Special openings are Nov. 24-27 (weather permitting) and Dec. 2-3, then daily beginning Dec. 9

Southern Nevada:

Lee Canyon: Early December

Updates about California and Nevada resorts will be added on an ongoing basis to the Newsroom area of the website.

Gold Pass:
Snow-sport enthusiasts looking to maximize the season can purchase the ultimate season pass: Ski California’s Gold Pass. The Gold Pass is the only pass that gets access to 32 downhill and cross-country resorts, is fully transferable, and has zero blackout dates. Passes may be purchased at and are $3,000 each; sales limited to just 100 passes per season.

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