Many of your favorite Western Colorado ski resorts will be up and running when the Thanksgiving weekend rolls around. Wouldn't it be great to be among the first to hit the slopes on opening day? Here's the breakdown.

In most cases, you'll be able to ski on Thanksgiving, and in one case, the day before. In the event you can't get time off that early, at least you'll be all set when the four-day weekend rolls around.

Here's a list from the website Events In Colorado featuring Western Slope ski resorts which will be operational in time for Thanksgiving.

  • 1

    Steamboat Ski Area

    November 22

    Steamboat Springs offers amazing events during the season, including:

    • Torchlight Parade and fireworks
    • Cowboy Up Party and balloon glow
    • Bud Light Cowboy Downhill
    • Steamboat Mardi Gras
    • Bud Light Rocks the Boat
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  • 2

    Aspen Mountain

    November 23

    Aspen Mountain offers a great ski season, running November 23 through April 15.

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    Crested Butte Mountain Resort

    November 23

    One of my all-time favorites, Crested Butte will be open in time for Thanksgiving. The resort is fantastic, and well worth the drive.

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    Telluride Ski Resort

    November 23

    Telluride Ski Resort offers another excellent season with events including:

    • Annual Torch Light Parade - December 24
    • Telluride Gay Ski Week - February 24 through March 3
    • Women's Ski and Wellness Week - March 2 through 4
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    Snowmass Mountain

    November 23

    I've enjoyed the chance to ski at Snowmass. Let me tell you, it's fantastic. Yeah, it's pretty busy and a bit pricey, but what the heck. The mountain is incredible and well worth the drive up valley.

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