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We’re Dreaming of a White Black Friday: With 69 Resorts Already Open in North America, REI’s #OptOutside Campaign Inspires Us to Get Out on the Snow After Turkey Day

November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

REI, the nation’s largest consumer co-op and specialty outdoor retailer, has announced plans to close its doors on Black Friday (November 27) at all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and two distribution centers. Instead of reporting to work, the co-op is paying its 12,000 employees so they can do what they love most – be outside. Their #OptOutside campaign is encouraging people across the country to follow suit and post their commitment to it at their Opt Outside page.


The SIA Staff is Dreaming of a White Black Friday

As for us here at SIA, the office is closed on Black Friday as well, and the staff is dreaming of getting out on the snow! Some of us are close to a resort that’s already open and will be taking full advantage of the day off (and some of us may have to keep dreaming until the lifts turn close-by). One way or another, whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or hiking, we’ll all #OptOutside this Black Friday!

With 69 resorts already open in North America, Black Friday will be a great day for many people to #OptOutside and work off that turkey. With thanks to, here’s a list of all of the resorts that are currently open in North America:

Alta Ski Area, Utah; Andes Tower Hills Ski Area, Minnesota; Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado; Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona; Aspen / Snowmass, Aspen Snowmass; Bear Mountain, California; Big White, British Columbia; Boreal Mountain Resort, California; Breckenridge, Colorado; Brian Head Resort, Utah; Brighton Resort, Utah; Canada Olympic Park, Alberta; Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado; Crystal Mountain, Washington; Cypress Mountain, British Columbia; Eldora Mountain Resort, Colorado; Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming; Great Divide, Montana; Grouse Mountain, British Columbia; Heavenly Mountain Resort, California; Keystone, Colorado; Killington Resort, Vermont; Kirkwood, California; Lake Louise, Banff; Loveland, Colorado; Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California; Marmot Basin, Alberta; Monarch Mountain, Colorado; Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec; Mountain High, California; Mt. Baker, Washington; Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon; Mt. Norquay, Banff; Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Nevada; Nakiska Ski Area, Alberta; Northstar California, California; Park City, Park City; Purgatory, Colorado; Sierra-at-Tahoe, California; Silver Star, British Columbia; Sipapu Ski Resort, New Mexico; Ski Brule, Michigan, Snowbird, Utah; Snow Summit, California; Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah; Squaw Valley – Alpine Meadows, California; Steamboat, Colorado; Sugar Bowl Resort, California; Sugarloaf, Maine; Sunday River, Maine 

Check out to view number of lifts turning, snow conditions and more information about all of the open resorts in North America, so you can make some plans to #OptOutside and get your turns in on Black Friday!

 Join the Opt Outside movement at REI’s #OptOutside page, and read more at REI’s Opt Outside Medium blog space. And be sure to stay tuned to SIA’s Instagram to see what the SIA staff gets up to on Black Friday!

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