Early Openings, Fresh Powder In Colorado
The 2018/19 ski and snowboard season has officially arrived in Colorado with a number of ski resorts opening, taking advantage of the recent storms which dumped snow by the feet, not inches, on their slopes.
Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts are reporting over four feet of snow in the past week and both started spinning their chairs two days early, opening Wednesday, Nov. 7. It was the first time in almost a decade either mountain had moved up their opening day. Single and double plankers alike were the real winners, earning fresh tracks on both mountains.
The Summit County resorts have received over five feet of snow since mid-October and are boasting a combined 230 acres of total open terrain as of Wednesday.
Skiers and riders at Breckenridge can access the mountain from the Colorado SuperChair and Rip’s Ride lifts which are providing access to 13 open trails. The mountain celebrated its opening day Wednesday with complimentary waffles from new on-mountain restaurant The Waffle Shop. On Friday the mountain will keep the party going with live music from New Orleans funk band Brothers of Bass and other festivities.
Keystone is currently open for skiing and riding on two beginner trails and is opening North Peak Friday, which will add intermediate run Prospector to its list of ride able terrain. Freestyle enthusiasts can get their grind on in the A51 terrain park which is boasting eight features.
Eldora Mountain dropped the ropes on its season early too, for the first time in more than two decades on Wednesday. The mountain 21 miles outside of Boulder, Colorado, has received over three feet of fluff in the past month and has three open intermediate trails serviced by the Alpenglow high-speed six person chairlift.
To the west, Aspen Snowmass is also off to an above-average start with up to 20 inches of fresh blanketing the mountain in the past week. Aspen and Snowmass Mountains will open Nov. 22. Snowmass will be premiering its new $600 million base village Dec. 15.