Cataloochee, N.C.

Projected Opening Date: Late October, depending on conditions

I'm sorry, what were you just saying? This gallery is all about resorts trying to open up first, right? So, what—ski resorts in the South don't count? Settle down there, Pipey McPipington. Ahem. Located in North Carolina, just three hours from Hotlanta, the Cataloochee Ski Area is generally the first resort in the South to open each year, and for the past four years, it's been the first resort to open on the entire East Coast. Guess that's what happens when you flip the switch as early as Oct. 28, like they did in 2008. Vote » (Photo courtesy of Cataloochee)