It’s Already Snowing at These Ski Areas

This article originally appeared on Ski Mag

If you need a late-summer pick-me-up, we’ve got a good one for you. After all, our 2024 Winter Gear Guide has dropped, season pass deadlines are looming, and it's just about time to schedule that wax and tune at your local ski shop. To the average person, there are signs that autumn is here. But for skiers, they represent a high likelihood that it's snowing somewhere, right this very second.

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Indeed, a handful of ski resorts have already notched their first flakes, mostly in the high elevations of Colorado's Rockies and northeastern Utah’s Wasatch range. And with the projection of an El Nino season teasing us with a potentially snowier than usual winter in certain parts of the country, there's sure to be more on the way soon.

Here's where Ullr has already left his mark. We'll update this space as more ski resorts don their winter whites, so check back often.

Where It’s Already Snowing in Ski Country

Alta Ski Area, Utah

  • First Snow: Sept. 4

  • Opening Day: Nov. 17

You know it’s a good first snow of the season when there’s enough to make a snowman, even if it is a tiny little guy.

Snowbird, Utah

  • First Snow: Sept. 4

  • Opening Day: Not yet announced, usually mid-November

While most of the country sweltered through Labor Day barbecues and cooled off in the pool, Utah’s Wasatch resorts saw their first snowfall, including this several-inch storm at Snowbird.

Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 11

  • Opening Day: Nov. 23

It’s not much, but this place is just too pretty not to include, plus, with an El Nino year forecasted, Telluride and the resorts of southern Colorado are likely to see the spoils this season.

Copper Mountain, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 11

  • Opening Day: Nov. 13

That definitely a first dusting on the high peaks surrounding Copper Mountain.

Sept snow copper mountain
(Photo: Courtesy of Copper Mountain)

Breckenridge, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 11

  • Opening Day: Nov. 10

A decent dusting on Breckenridge's high-alpine bowls, with the still-green trails below.

Sept snow at Breck
(Photo: Sarah McLear/Breckenridge Ski Resort)

Arapahoe Basin, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 11

  • Opening Day: TDB, it was Oct. 23 last season

You can just make out the tiniest bit of the white stuff. Or maybe we’re just seeing what we want to see. You decide.

A Tiny Bit Of White:

Posted by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on Monday, September 11, 2023

Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

  • First Snow: Sept. 11

  • Opening Day: Nov. 23

Finally, the resort shared this gorgeous snap by local photographer Jeremy Swanson and we’re now officially jonesing to ski. Wow.

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