Boreal, Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Projected Opening Date: October 9

Boreal was in the middle of a $1.2 million snowmaking equipment overhaul when the cold temps hit last season. This year, all its new guns are primed and ready, and as soon as the temperatures drop, they're turning on. Not only is Boreal usually the first resort in Tahoe to open, but it also opens with a full park—jumps, staircases, c-boxes, tire jibs, the works—and is one of the first resorts in the country to get a fully operational superpipe up and running. Additionally, Boreal is starting a text messaging service this year. You can sign up on the Web site to get instantly updated on the park's opening status. Vote » (Photo: Matt Aspinall)