As the mountains get their early dustings of snow, skiers and snowboarders start counting the days until they get to take on the powder! So resorts are in full motion to prepare for the winter season! In fact two ski areas annually race to be the first to open for the season: Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. Temperatures need to drop enough for them to start producing snow along the slopes.
Only 53 miles west of Denver, Loveland offers 1,800 acres of terrain along the Continental Divide. They boast more snow than any Front Range or Summit County resort. If the weather shifts soon, Loveland hopes to open by mid-October. So their announcement will only be a few days notice.
As one of the skiable terrains in the Rocky Mountains, Arapahoe Basin is 64 miles from Denver (just outside of Silverthorne). As they explained to 9News, they need to "go with what Mother Nature dictates" and will spread the word as soon as they can.
The rest of Colorado’s ski resorts expect to open in November and December (though the actual dates are subject to change).
- Copper Mountain – Friday, November 6
- Keystone Mountain – Friday, November 6
- Breckenridge – Friday, November 13
- Winter Park – Wednesday, November 18
- Vail – Friday, November 20
- Beaver Creek – Wednesday, November 25
- Aspen Mountain – Thursday, November 26
- +Telluride – Thursday, November 26
- Snowmass Mountain – Thursday, November 26
- Aspen Highlands – Saturday, December 12
- Buttermilk Mountain – Saturday, December 12
For the full list of resorts and the latest launch dates, check out ColoradoSki.com.