22/23 Opening Dates for California and Nevada Ski Resorts

Julia Schneemann |
Get ready for Mammoth Opening Day on November 11. Picture: Mammoth Resort Website

Opening dates for ski resorts in California and Nevada, sorted alphabetically:

Bear Valley ResortNovember 25
Bear Valley officially announced a mid-December open but typically opens early for Thanksgiving Weekend.

Big Bear MountainDecember 2
Big Bear has not announced its opening date yet, so this is an estimate based on past seasons. Twin resort Snow Summit can be expected to open the same weekend.

Boreal MountainNovember 14
Boreal has a long-standing history of being one of the first to open along with  Palisades and Mammoth if the season is good. Last year it opened on October 28 after an early 3ft dump.

China PeakDecember 16
Opening day is yet to be announced at China Peak but based on past years, we estimate it will be mid-December.

Diamond PeakDecember 8
Diamond Peak is planning on opening on December 8, weather permitting. It may open a few days early if there is early snow.

Dodge RidgeDecember 16
Dodge Ridge has not announced, so this is an estimate based on past seasons.

Heavenly Mountain ResortNovember 18
Heavenly said in late August that it’s aiming for a November 18 opening this year.

Homewood MountainDecember 16
This is a conservative estimate for Homewood Mountain. In good conditions, it has opened on the first December weekend in the past few years.

June MountainDecember 9
Mammoth’s sister resort June Mountain typically opens four weeks after Mammoth.

Kingvale ResortDecember 24
Kingvale is a newly reopened resort, so we can only estimate a Christmas opening at this time.

Kirkwood Mountain  – December 2
Kirkwood announced its plans to open on December 2 on Twitter three weeks ago.

Lee CanyonDecember 16
Lee Canyon only gives a rough estimate for opening at this stage.

Mammoth Mountain – November 11
Mammoth kicks off with a winter kick-off party at Mountain Broadway Express (Chair 1).

Mt BaldyDecember 16
Mt Baldy also has not announced its exact opening date, so this is an estimate based on last year’s opening day.

Mt Rose Ski TahoeNovember 3
Mt Rose likes to be the first to open in the Tahoe area; therefore, aims for a season-opening on November 3.

Mountain HighDecember 3
Mountain High will open on December 3, but the resort is known to open early if conditions allow.

Northstar CaliforniaNovember 18
Northstar announced its opening for mid-November and will showcase its new 6-chair.

Palisades TahoeNovember 22
Palisades has confirmed it will open on November 22. Its new gondola, connecting the two valleys, will open mid-December.

Shasta Ski ParkDecember 17
Mt Shasta will open in mid-December, as always.

Sierra-at-TahoeNovember 24
Sierra announced it will aim for a fairly early season opening on November 24.

Snow Valley MountainDecember 9
Based on the last few seasons, we estimate an early-ish December opening for Snow Valley.

Soda SpringsNovember 25
Family-friendly Soda Springs is planning on opening on Thanksgiving

Sugar BowlNovember 25
Sugar Bowl confirmed this week on Facebook that it is opening at the end of November. The cross-country area at Royal Gorge will likely open 2-3 weeks later, depending on snow conditions.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country & Tahoe Donner Downhill ResortDecember 17
We assume that Tahoe Donner will open both the Downhill and the Cross Country skiing the weekend before Christmas as they did in the past.

Yosemite Ski & SnowboardDecember 24
Yosemite states it will open for skiing in mid-December, but we estimate an opening on Christmas Eve based on last year.

We hope we have covered all the main resorts. Give us a shout if we have left off your favorite local resort on our list. There are less than seven weeks until the first resort in the CA/NV area opens, and maybe even less with some luck. So do your best snow dance, scrape off the storage wax, and start getting ready for the 22/23 season!

Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl powder skiing, picture: Sugar Bowl Facebook Page

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