Maybe the best part about waking up to November is the knowledge that we'll be skiing and riding this month.
Of course, some had that honor last month when Killington opened one weekend exclusively for passholders, but as the coming days and nights get colder and allow for more significant snowmaking, more mountains will be running the lifts as soon as possible.
Here's a look at some tentative opening dates in Vermont this season, courtesy Ski Vermont. Of course, all potential openings are subject to weather and conditions.
Killington Resort: Full opening day expected early November
Stowe Mountain Resort: Nov.17
Sugarbush Resort: Nov.17
Okemo Mountain Resort: Nov.17
Stratton Mountain: Nov.21
Mount Snow Resort: Nov.21, (11/17 if possible)
Smugglers' Notch Resort: Nov.23
Bromley Mountain: Nov.23
Burke Mountain Resort: Nov. 23
Jay Peak Resort: Nov.24
Bolton Valley: Dec. 8
Middlebury College Snow Bowl: Dec. 14
Magic Mountain: Dec. 15, (12/8 if possible)
Pico Mountain: Dec. 15
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.