Ski season gets under way in Colorado

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 8, 2011
The Colorado ski season started with a powdery initiation this morning as Wolf Creek Ski Area opened its first chair lift to skiers and riders.
Powder skiing at Wolf Creek today.
Jack Dempsey

With three lifts operating this morning, a midway base of 32 inches and a summit base of 35 inches, Wolf Creek Ski Area became the first ski resort in Colorado to open this season. This is the earliest opening ever for the resort, beating their previous earliest opening date of Oct. 27, 2006.

Thanks to a significant storm that moved through southwestern Colorado earlier this week, Wolf Creek opens with 600 acres of all natural snow skiing. Skiable terrain is serviced by the Treasure, Bonanza and Nova lifts and includes a variety of beginner, intermediate and expert trails as well as Alberta Face and Treasure Falls.

For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), this early opening is an exciting launch into another season of Colorado skiing.

“Colorado only ended its 2010/11 season in July, and here we are in early October already celebrating a resort opening,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of CSCUSA. “At this rate, Colorado is practically a year-round ski destination.”
Riders snag the first chair at Wolf Creek.
Jack Dempsey

The early season powdery conditions brought an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 1,300 to Wolf Creek today, indicating that skiers and riders are energized for another ski season in Colorado.

In Colorado Ski Country, it’s a tradition to compete to be Colorado’s first ski area to open. Wolf Creek will be open this weekend and Columbus Day, on Monday. The resort will then shut down until the following weekend. For many years, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area were the front runners in the race. They, and other resorts in Colorado such as Copper Mountain, are currently undergoing snowmaking and opening preparations.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open on Nov. 24 while Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands open on Dec. 10.

comments: 2 Comments on "Ski season gets under way in Colorado"

trailertom – Oct. 09, 2011, at 9:49 p.m.

Great Day, Great Friends, Great Snow, Thanks for opening Wolf Creek!

Here is a link to a video documenting the opening of Wolf Creek Ski Area 2011-2012 season:

Trailer Tom

Troy – Oct. 09, 2011, at 10:10 p.m.

Thanks for sharing Trailer Tom and Nate Dogggg!

We've added your video to this page.

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