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Entertaining winter-weather lovers around the world, snow skiing is the most popular outdoor recreation activity during the winter season. Snowboarding, basically the art of skiing combined with the skill of skateboarding and surfing along with the thrill of sledding, has been gaining popularity since the 1960s. Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts will always seek out the resorts and slopes that open the earliest in the season to extend their slope time. Here are five great spots to check out for early season snow activity.

1. Keystone, Colorado
Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland are in competition every year to be the first resort to open in the Rockies. Keystone Resort seems to be the favorite destination for early season enthusiasts. The area is known for its availability of snow, great slopes and parks, and a variety of other cold-weather activities. River Run Condominiums is ideally located in the heart of all of Keystone’s vibrant village activities making it the perfect place for the skier and snowboarder to relax in a comfortable, country atmosphere in between excursions.

2. Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff, Alberta
Lake Louise, nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, is another great early season destination for cold-weather enthusiasts. This resort’s specializes in creating perfectly imperfect slopes for skiing and snowboarding. They are known for hosting World Cup Races. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxury hotel pampering skiers and snowboarders with their plush accommodations and amenities. They also offer the services of a personal concierge for excursion planning.

3. Mammoth Mountain, California
California’s Mammoth Mountain has been a hot spot for cold-weather lovers for years. Thanks to the effects of El Nino, their snow season has been starting earlier and earlier. Juniper Springs Resort offers wildlife interaction along with skiing and snowboarding activities.

4. Alta, Utah
Alta has the perfect location in Utah to catch a winter storm and create a ski lover’s paradise. The resort surrounds the Peruvian Lodge, a restored nurse’s barracks offering affordable accommodations convenient to everything.

5. Sunday River, Maine
Maine is home to Sunday River Resort and is usually booming by early November. The Slopeside Grand Summit Resort is the perfect, economical spot to stay for any skier or snowboarder.