This just in: Aspen Mountain will open for daily operations on Saturday, Nov. 17, five days ahead of schedule. Along with snowmaking operations that began Nov. 1, recent storm cycles have covered Aspen with up to 20 inches of new snow, adding up to an above-average snowpack for this time of year. Translation: skiers can look forward to skiing above-average conditions a week earlier than expected.
“With above average snowpack and cold temperatures we have been hard at work preparing the mountain and we are excited to open early for the community and our visitors,” said Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations in a press release. “Opening early is always a great way to kick-off the highly anticipated ski and snowboard season.”
Snowmass is still scheduled to open on Nov. 22, and Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will start spinning lifts on Dec. 8. If you can't wait that long, head to Vail, which will open for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 14, or Beaver Creek, scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 17. A combination of some of the best early-November snowmaking conditions and more than four feet of natural snowfall last week has the mountain operations teams at these resorts calling game-on.
As if that's not enough, Monarch Mountain is also opening their slopes on Friday, Nov. 16, officially kicking off their 2018-'19 season. To celebrate their early opening, the resort has extended its early season pass pricing through opening day.
So, Colorado friends, you now face a paradox of choice. Including Breck, Keystone, Eldora, Wolf Creek, Loveland, and A-Basin, which have already been scanning tickets for a week or more, you'll need to decide which of these 10 Colorado resorts to hit this weekend. It's a good problem to have, to be sure.
For those of you haven't hit the slopes yet—what are you waiting for? The ski season is officially here. Tell your ma and your non-skiing friends there's a good chance you'll be out of cell range on weekends from here on out.
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