If you’re a true blue fan of fine powder, you know that Winter can be a cruel mistress. The season begins with a tantalizing smattering of snow on your favorite mountains and then builds with excruciating agony until skiing and snowboarding are finally worthwhile in February. But that’s two whole months away in a season that’s too short as it is. You want to hit the slopes right this second. Well, you’re in luck, because there are some great resorts scattered around the world that are bound to have some sweet, sweet powder. Come on, you’ve got vacation time, so why not take a ski adventure? Here are some of the most reliably awesome ski and snowboard resorts for early season skiing.
1. Alta is for Real Skiers
While all the tourists head for Park City, the hardcore skiers know that Alta, Utah is the place to hit for excellent skiing. They’re purists at Alta, so leave your snowboards at home, because they’re not allowed. If you’re a traditionalist, though, few spots in North America can compete.