Two more Colorado ski areas to open for the season

By Real Aspen
Real AspenNovember 1, 2011

Two more Colorado ski resorts – Copper Mountain and Keystone — join the 2011-12 ski season fray this week, and snow riders will likely be greeted with winter weather as the lifts crank up for opening days on Friday.

Forecasters are calling for another mid-week blast of snow, followed by a second storm Friday night. This week’s unsettled weather comes after a warm, dry spell late last week and through the weekend.

Snow has returned to Aspen.
David Amirault/Aspen Skiing Company

Last week a significant winter storm passed through the Vail Valley on Wednesday, dumping more than a foot of snow and giving snowmaking crews at Beaver Creek and Vail a major boost. That storm was enough to allow Keystone to promise a top-to-bottom run on opening day Friday.

Loveland Ski Area was the big winner in last week’s snow lottery, reporting 20 inches. Arapahoe Basin – the other resort in the north-central mountains current open for the season – received a foot new.

The Colorado Powder Forecast, which becomes www.opensnow.com on Tuesday, is calling for 4-7 inches Tuesday night at both A-Basin and Loveland, with another 1-2 inches Wednesday morning. The snow is supposed to start around sunset Tuesday. Then CPF is calling for another 4-8 inches Friday night into Saturday, with the possibility of yet another storm early next week.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, which is only open on weekends, is only supposed to get 2-4 inches from Tuesday night’s storm, as the system tracks more to the north.

U.S. Ski Team athletes are scheduled to start training at Vail’s Golden Peak training facility on Wednesday. Vail opens to the public two weeks from Friday on Nov. 18. Beaver Creek opens on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

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


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Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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