As temperatures drop and snow showers dominate the forecast, ski season is officially here. But choosing a resort earlier in the season can be a little tricky, as trail and lift openings are still somewhat limited. Below, we’ve rounded up four ski resorts—and nearby Inspirato homes and hotels—with the most trails open so you can choose the best destination for your first ski trips of the season.

Big Sky Resort, Montana


With a summit of 11,116 feet at Lone Peak Mountain, Big Sky Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding. Big Sky sees an annual average of 400 inches of powder fall, with close to 6,000 skiable acres, and 219/322 trails open currently. While Big Sky is known for its challenging terrain, its perfect for beginners too, with 2,300 acres of beginner and intermediate runs. Stay with Inspirato at Obsidian, a secluded mountain home with ski-in, ski-out access. After a long day on the mountain, relax by the woodburning fireplace in the two-story great room.

Park City Resort, Utah


Park City
is the largest ski resort in the United States, spanning roughly 7,300 acres. Right now, the resort has 171/349 trails open, making this winter wonderland a great place for early season skiing with plenty of riveting options. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic mountain town as you grab energy-boosting snacks in between runs and roast s’mores around a crackling fire. To really engage with this unique ski town, stay in Summit on Main, a chic two-story penthouse situated right in the heart of Park City overlooking the bustling Main Street.

Aspen Snowmass Resort, Colorado


Just one ticket (or your Ikon Pass) unlocks four different mountains with over 5,500 acres of terrain and two quintessential ski towns in Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass ski resort. Whether you’re learning on beginner-friendly trails on Buttermilk or cruising down steep verticals on Snowmass, this resort will not disappoint. As of now, Aspen Snowmass has 64/98 trails open across 448 acres, a majority being beginner or intermediate, making early December the perfect time to sharpen your skills. Get easy access to skiing at Maroon Creek, a mountain lodge-style home situated right near the base of Aspen Highlands.

Northstar California Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe


Nested in the Martis Valley in North Lake Tahoe, Northstar California Resort is home to more than 3,000 acres of ski terrain with 59/106 trails open this early in the season. The resort has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best ski destinations for families due to beginner-friendly slopes and activities apart from downhill skiing, like cross country skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. For breathtaking slopeside views and direct access to Big Springs Express Gondola, stay at Sawtooth at One Village Place, offering full access to amenities including ski storage, pool, and fire pit.

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