Originally Posted by Natalia
I'm a beginner. I snow ski just one time in my life and that was about 5 years ago. I leave USA in November 16.
I saw Keystone opens in November 7, but it's probably man-made snow, right?
Are you going to ski more days than one on your trip?
Will you want to take a beginner or novice lesson when you ski?
If you think you'll want a lesson, call the ski school at the resorts of your choice and explain your situation.
Ask them if they can do that for you when you'll be there, and make a reservation. If they can't, then ask if there will be any beginner terrain open. That's where you'll want to ski, probably.
The reason I bring this up is that where I ski, the mountains blow snow to open something that will satisfy their season pass holders, who already know how to ski. The beginner terrain is often later in opening. You will not want to be skiing on the WROD. It's called the White Ribbon Of Death for a reason. Many seasoned skiers, starved for snow and hungry for their first turns of the season, crowd onto that one white trail and ski fast. It gets crowded, and dangerous. My mountain puts up a sign "Experts Only" on its WROD.
I think you may want beginner terrain, or at least green circle trails, to ski on. The number of trails open, how crowded those trails are, and how steep they are will determine your happiness more than the amount of natural snow.