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13 Resorts for the Best Early Snow

Here's a list of 13 of the best places to get your shred on in the next few weeks. You know it's a good idea - nothing says 'hardcore' like strolling back into the office with a goggle tan before Christmas...

[part title='Val Thorens, France']

Val Thorens

Planned opening: 23rd November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 177 Euros - Val Thorens only / 221.60 Euros - 3 valleys

[part title='Tignes, France']

Tignes

Planned opening: Glacier – 12th October / Espace Killy - 30th November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 227 Euros

[part title='Les Deux Alpes, France']

Les Deux Alpes

Planned opening: Pre Season week 26th October – 3rd November 2013 (official opening 30th November 2013).

Early season 6 day pass: 211 Euros

[part title='Sölden, Austria']

Soelden

Planned opening: Glacier - Already open / Sölden Area - 16th November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 166.50 Euros

[part title='Ischgl, Austria']

Ischgl

Planned opening: 28th November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 197 Euros

[part title='Stubai, Austria']

Stubai

Planned opening: 28th September 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 164.10 Euros

[part title='Hintertux, Austria']

Look at that pow! Photo credit: Tom Clinton

Planned opening: Already open!

Early season 6 day pass: 224 Euros

[part title='Saas Fee, Switzerland']

SAAS-FEE WINTER

Planned opening: 1st November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 331 CHF

[part title='Zermatt, Switzerland']

Zermatt

Planned opening: Already open!

Early season 6 day pass: 371 CHF

[part title='Val Senales, Italy']

Val Senales Park

Planned opening: 3rd October 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 165.50 Euros

[part title='Cervinia, Italy']

Cervinia

Planned opening: 19th October 2013

Early season 6 day pass: 179 Euros

[part title='Whistler, Canada']

Dropping silently down from the trees, while cat-boarding in Chatter Creek, BC. - Photo: Cole Barash

Whistler has become something of a legend. Its 200 plus pistes, 3 glaciers and world-class parks are all helped along by its incredible snowfall record. Thanks to its consistent powder dumps, by the beginning of December Whistler is a snow sure destination.

Planned opening: 28th November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: $391

[part title='Mammoth, USA']

Rider: Heikki Sorsa  /  Photographer: Andy Wright  /  Location: Mammoth Mountain

Planned opening: 7th November 2013

Early season 6 day pass: $430