The most exciting ski news of the season in the United States, from resort openings to après-ski

Last winter, ski resorts across the United States were quick to make COVID-friendly adjustments – food trucks, restaurants and pop-up outdoor seating, reservation requirements for mountain access and meals inside (often very limited) – contributing to a semblance of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal year. There is just as much exciting news this year, as well as the long-awaited return of après-ski. If you’re planning a ski vacation this year, here’s what you need to know about the most anticipated resort openings across the country.

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Schweitzer in Idaho joined the Ikon Pass this season.

Courtesy of Schweitzer

Pacific Northwest

Forecasters are estimating a likely La Niña visit to this part of the country, which, if true, will turn to powder for days and days, until May 2022 to be precise. Timberline in Mount Hood is not only the only ski area in the United States open 10 months a year, but it also has the most vertical terrain in the country. If you can tear yourself away from the blues and blacks of the region, an excellent selection of Oregon draft beers is on the menu at newcomer Bullwheel Bar, inside the huge Sahale Lodge, which opened in mid-season last year.

For an even chillier ski experience or for families traveling with little ones, Mount Bachelor, not far from Bend, has a tempting offer: the beginner’s early bird chairlift and the Woodward Start Park in the Sunrise Base Area will be free this day. season. To refuel between walks, don’t miss the region’s explosive food cart scene. Also of note, Independent Schweitzer in Idaho has joined the Ikon pass, offering pass holders another bucket list destination.

Montana’s Montage Big Sky opens December 15.

Courtesy Montage Big Sky

Northern Rockies

If five-star accommodation is required for your ski vacation, look no further than Big Sky, MT. Ski in and ski out with a stay at the Montage Big Sky, which opens on December 15th. The chic property will feature local art, tea and after-hours with cold cuts, caviar and raclette, as well as an elevated spa. Improvements to the mountain include the launch of the fastest chairlift (heated, oversized seats and a bubble, natch) in North America.

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