Opening Day – One Week from Today

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Snowmaking To Continue! 

Opening Day is Set for Wednesday, November 24

It was incredible to finally get two consecutive nights of quality & productive snowmaking done. Both our night and day teams were involved and did a great job getting some piles down. Temps have been underwhelming, but the snow we received on Saturday night is undoubtedly an excellent assist for our snowmaking efforts.

Our teams are committed to making the most of the dips in temperature. Looking at the weather, we will be shut down until late tonight (early Thursday morning) when we’ll fire operations back up and go for as long as we can.


Snowmaking SunriseWe know the definition of a forecast is to predict or estimate a future event or trend. Things can change quickly. Our promise to you is that we’ll be ready to go when snowmaking temperatures return.

This Week's Forecast for Rib Mountain


Based on snowmaking to date and the desire to give you the best snow surface, multiple routes, and terrain for all abilities, our season will kick off at 10am on November 24, 2021. We share this now to give you the chance to prepare for opening day and the future. This is what you’ll hear from us on the phone, via email, and on social media.

Snowmaking at Granite Peak Ski Area

If our standards were lower or our commitment to your enjoyment less sincere, we could probably open sooner. However, that would come at the expense of your experience and your gear. We want top-to-bottom, tree-edge-to-tree-edge, and multiple routes & lifts on day one. Is it worth sacrificing the time and effort to get one trail open for two early-season days? Not to us. Each property has its strategy, and ours is not to be first. It’s to be the best.

We intend to open with the following trails and lifts.


  • Comet 6-pack
  • Blizzard Carpet


  • Miracle 
  • Birch
  • Exhibition
  • Upper Duskey
  • Lower Duskey
  • Hot Cocoa

Next on the list will be:

    • Sundance 
    • Mystery
    • Meadow
    • Aspen

Once those trails can be open we’ll pop open the Blitzen Triple. The Granite Peak Parks team is also committed to have some features ready to rock on day one.  The location and amount is TBD based on snow coverage.  

Hours of Lift Operation:

  • Wednesday 11/24 & Thursday (Thanksgiving) 11/25:
    • 10 am -9 pm
  • Friday 11/26 – Sunday 11/28:
    • 9am – 9pm
  • Monday 11/29 – Thurs. 12/2:
    • Closed
  • Friday 12/3 – Sunday 12/5:
    • 9 am -9 pm
  • Monday 12/6 – Thurs. 12/9:
    • Closed
  • Friday 12/10 – Sunday 12/12:
    • 9am – 9pm
  • Monday 12/13:
    • 10 am -9 pm
    • Open Daily following our normal midweek/weekend schedule 

Here’s a reminder that our Season Pass Office is open.   This weekend would be a great opportunity to swing by to pick up your season passes, have those photos taken, and be ready to go Wednesday morning.

Last year we were able to open up a new section of the ski area every weekend. I hope that we can move even faster this year with deeper bases!  Last year we were admittedly lean because we had to be. Hopefully, the cold is here to stay, and we will build it up quickly.


Sundance Chalet will be open for all services such as food and beverage, the Sundance Bar (with now six draft lines + all the cans of craft & more liquor selections), rentals, season passes, and ski school will be offering private lessons from day one.

The Historic Lodge and Deck will remain closed until the weekend of December 10th, when we will have a Grand Opening. At that point, we’ll open up the Historic Chalet, the Snack Bar, and the Deck. REVI design continues to put the finishing touches on over the next few weeks, and I can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

Saturday, November 27th, we’ll have a fun mini-rail jam to kick off the season. We’re calling it the Cranberry Jam. Skiers and snowboarders will be vying for fantastic prizes for best tricks as well as hot, yummy Turkey Legs! It’s a bit of extra fun to kick off the new year. The Granite Peak Parks Team has created a unique Cranberry Jam feature that should be super fun for all the kids to grind, grab, and spin-off for sure.

Keep an eye on our cams and social media as we update you on our progress. The season is just about ready to kick off, and we can’t wait to welcome so many of you back to Granite Peak!


Greg Fisher

Granite Peaker since 2020


  1. Bob on November 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    If you can have Sundance Mystery Meadow and Aspen open by the 27th, you will officially be my heros! Having Blitzen spinning would be incredible.

    We are heading up from Chicago on Friday to ski on Saturday. Keep up the good work!

    • Greg Fisher on November 19, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      Bob we’ll see my friend. Lots of progress still to be made across the trails that we will open. As long as Mother Nature works with us those are next on the list.

      • Bob on November 19, 2021 at 7:06 pm

        I know you’re getting after it. Can’t wait to begin the season with you guys. We always start and finish with Granite Peak. At least one trip in-between.

  2. Chris on November 21, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I really appreciate these news posts

    • Greg Fisher on November 21, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for the kudos we will be working on a blog a week.

  3. Josh B on November 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    See you guy’s Sunday! I am really hoping you get Blitzen running with those extra trails! This is my first time back to Granite since I was 12 years old. I’m like a kid in a candy store here! The more the merrier ? Thank you guys for getting things running so early in the season!

    • Greg Fisher on November 23, 2021 at 5:11 am

      I want to be honest that Blitzen on Sunday is a long shot. I think we will be making snow and that we’ll have plenty around but that area needs winching and a good amount of portal (lift) work. I think you’ll be happy with the terrain we have open though and welcome back!

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