To call this a mild November would be quite an understatement. Mountain biking and rock climbing are still in full effect throughout Utah and California, even at the high elevations, as warm water and steady swell continue to blanket the East Coast. Resorts are pushing back their opening dates left and right, but ff you’re jonesing to get some Thanksgiving riding in, we’ve compiled a few of the best places to go. And if all else fails, head to Europe…
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
A-Basin opened WAY back in October and has been going steady ever since. If you’re looking to get some snow under your feet, this is one of a few options in Colorado. Complete with a small terrain park containing a few rails, A-Basin has something for everyone. Be forewarned that college and high-school ski clubs from around the US descend upon A-Basin every year so be prepared for lots of racers. If things get a little too busy, you can always pull the plug and head to nearby Loveland.
All hail ‘The Beast of The East’, or simply Killington. Usually opening with the distinction of “first” and almost always closing “last” wasn’t enough for Killington this year as they are hosting Vermont’s first World Cup race since 1978. This means they need to blow snow, a lot of it. With upto 100 guns going on Superstar on any given day, Killington has been pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons onto it’s trails since October. With a 800 million gallon reserve, they won’t be letting up anytime soon. The World Cup runs November 26 + 27.
Mammoth Mountain, California
Currently operating the largest amount of terrain, Mammoth has 4 lifts and 12 trails open as of this posting with up to a 36” base. This really helps space the crowds out and give riders enough terrain to get their fix. The Unbound Terrain Park rarely disappoints and the Mammoth team has setup 6 features where you can watch a steady stream of pro’s run laps. Check Mammoth’s website for lodging, because they are currently running some great deals.
Don’t rule out The PNW areas for Thanksgiving. If you can afford to standby while Mother Nature works her magic, you may be able to reap the benefits. Meteorologists are calling for multiple systems to hit Oregon and Washington this week into next, with upto 20” falling at Mt. Hood. This weather will make it’s way west towards Wyoming and Montana, but we’re less confident on how much snow will fall in those areas.