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Colorado Resorts See Heavy Snowfall And Prepare To Open



Snowboarding News | Thursday October 27, 2011 | Shared By: Jennifer Rudolph

Colorado Resorts Expand Available Terrain, Prepare to Open

Living up to long term predictions for a La Nina weather pattern in Colorado this winter, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts across the state were greeted with fresh snowfall this morning. The deep snow adds to the excitement that Colorado’s ski season is already underway with resorts open for both full season and weekend operations.
Loveland Ski Area reported 14 inches this morning, has five runs open and is running one lift. Arapahoe Basin checked in with 8 fresh inches as of this morning. That resort has two runs open, including a terrain park, and is operating one lift.
Wolf Creek, which was the first resort in Colorado to open for skiing on October 8th and has since been open on weekends, received 14 inches from this storm so far. Wolf Creek will be open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Halloween skiing and riding. Skiers and riders will find 50 percent of Wolf Creek’s terrain open, which is about 600 acres, and three lifts.
Opening dates and snow totals for other resorts are below:

Winter Park – 15 inches. Opens November 16.
SolVista Basin – 11 inches. Opens December 14.
Sunlight – 10 inches. Opens December 2.
Ski Cooper – 9 inches. Opens November 24 - 27, December 2 – 4, December 9 - 11, December 16 for the season
Copper Mountain – 7 inches. Opens November 4.
Crested Butte – 7 inches. Opens November 23.
Steamboat – 5 inches. Opens November 23.
Additional opening dates:

Aspen Highlands December 10
Aspen Mountain November 24
Buttermilk December 10
Echo Mountain Early December 2011
Eldora November 18
Howelsen Hill December 3
Monarch Mountain November 23
Powderhorn December 8
Purgatory at DMR November 25
Silverton Mountain December 3
Snowmass November 24
Telluride November 24
All open dates are based on snow conditions and are subject to change. For up to date information on resort openings please visit the CSCUSA resort season dates page. For snow totals and additional resort information please visit