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Breckenridge, Keystone Kick Off Season Friday, Nov. 18

Breckenridge, Keystone Kick Off Season Friday, Nov. 18

Grooming 'cats work hard to get Keystone open. (Keystone/Facebook)

Two more Summit County resorts will crank up for the 2016-2017 this week, with Keystone opening on Friday, Nov. 18, and neighbor Breckenridge following on the next day.

An unseasonably warm late fall has challenged even the highest-elevation resorts to put down enough snow for early-birds to enjoy. Cold temps have returned, and forecaster Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com holds out for several storms before Thanksgiving in Colorado.

But these two Colorado mountains can’t wait.

At Keystone, skiers and riders can hop on the River Run Gondola and Montezuma Express Lift to Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon. Trails will also be open from the top of Dercum Mountain to the bottom of the Montezuma Express Lift. 

At the end of the day, early-birds will have to ride down on the gondola, since the lower half of the mountain is still awaiting coverage.

Breckenridge snowgun

At Breckenridge, Peak 8’s SuperChair will be the only lift open. Skiers and ‘boarders who park at the main base can catch a ride on the BreckConnect Gondola to reach the base of the lift.

Elsewhere in Summit County, Arapahoe Basin is up and running with a single run and chairlift. Copper Mountain plans to open Saturday – the same day as Breckenridge. Once Copper is open, a ride up the American Eagle chair will deliver folks to Rhapsody and Main Vein trail. Excelerator chair is also expected to spin, serving the Ptarmigan trail.

Around Colorado, those resorts who planned to open around Thanksgiving are hangin' in there, expecting natural snowfall and snowmaking temps in the coming week.

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