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Ski Areas’ Opening Day

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This last week, Colorado saw the largest snowstorm of the fall come through the state. Some ski areas reported 13 plus inches of snow while most others received between 5-10 inches. This is truly significant because it marks the point when the seasons are changing and people are beginning to think about the upcoming winter.

With winter in Colorado comes the mass exodus to the mountains and to all of Colorado’s destination ski resorts. Resorts such as Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are already blowing snow and plan to open later this month. These resorts are privately owned which means their opening days depend on the consistent cold weather and their snow making systems. Other resorts that are on National Forest land have set days they can open. Here is a short list of some popular Colorado resorts and their opening days by date.

  • Mid October:     Arapahoe Basin, Loveland2007 Edge of Paradise
  • November 1:     Keystone, Copper Mountain
  • November 8:     Breckenridge, Wolf Creek
  • November 13:   Winter Park
  • November 22:   Vail, Eldora
  • November 27:   Crested Butte, Steamboat
  • November 28:   Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride
  • December 12:    Powderhorn
  • December 14:    Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
  • December 21:    Silverton

Many of these resorts are located in Summit County which is in close proximity to the Denver International Airport. This makes traveling to and from the mountain ideal for those seeking cheaper air fare and less travel time. Furthermore, Peak 1 Express shuttles are scheduled specifically to cater to the needs of guests looking for a direct, affordable, and reliable transportation to these mountain getaways.