For the love of God...In bounds skiing in Colorado SUCKS in November, usually in December too. The only year it was decent before Christmas that I remember was in 1997. What will they open? There base will be at most 20 inches. What can you ski with a 20 inch base? What do you think is a good base? All of your questions can be answered with the snow report. It will be 1-2 runs of hardpack. It will suck. It will be crowded. It will be like this for a while. It is like this every year for the past 250 years according to my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather who just picked up his first pair of twintips. If you are coming up from Durango for this, you are crazy and you must have a jonsing like no other which I applaud. But be prepared, you have a good chance of dissapointment. Normally, WC is going right now and we could all experince what the NW is going through.
The best bet is the BC, as long as you know the ropes and places to go. Areas that get wind blown will have the best snow, but also be high risk. November for skiers is what april is to boaters, It is a tease. It can be hit or miss depending on the weather. Inbounds skiing this early however, will always suck and just be a way to get out and feel your edges, legs, crisp breeze, and a chance to freshen up gaper jokes. You know what though, it is still fun.
it is 77 degrees on the front range...I am going golfing!