Autumn in full swing means that winter is only around the corner— and ski season with it. Most slopes open up around late November, in the US especially, but there are several places where you can put your boots on as soon as possible and enjoy the adrenaline-rush only ski days can bring.
US-based travel provider Topdeck Travelhas put together a list of slopes opening up as early as October, for the die-hard ski (or snowboard, of course!) fans who don’t want to waste a single moment they could be spending up in the mountains.
First up is the Austrian Alps, which welcome skiers and snowboarders starting in early October. If you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated by the expert skiers zooming past you— most ski resorts have options for all levels and you’ll be sure to find the perfect slope for you.
While the Alps are definitely the most known and beloved mountains in Europewhen it comes to skiing (as are the countries this mountain range sits on, especially Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and of course, Austria), there are others you might want to consider— the Balkans. The Bulgarian Balkans in particular, with the slopes around the capital Sofia opening up later in October. Topdeck Travel mentions the famous Borovets resort, the oldest in the country, but rest assured that it’s not the only one ready to welcome you and your skis.
Did you know you could ski in New Zealand? October comes in early spring there, but the slopes of the Remarkables and Coronet Peak around Queenstown(just to name a few of the mountains that surround the city), are still going strong. Besides, as Topdeck Travel suggests, if you get tired of the slopes you can chase more adrenaline by trying bungee jumping or skydiving, two activities for which the area has become very famous!
Japan is another great place to catch some early October skiing, either in the northernmost island of Hokkaido or in resort towns like world-famous Hakuba in the Nagano Prefecture on the island of Honshu. You can enjoy the slopes (even though they might have been covered with help from snow machines) and also, as Topdeck Travel points out, visit snow monkeys and sake breweries.
Last but not least, Canada comes as no surprise to mountain lovers— Whistler, like the rest of British Columbia, is a guarantee for exceptional skiing and snowboarding and some great après-ski as well.
And if skiing is your greatest passion, remember that you still have time to apply for Ski.com’s dream job— their official travelling skier or snowboarder will hit the slopes this winter in three continents and test out all the best gear out there. All that’s left to do is secure your boots and get ready for the winter adventures mountains have to offer!