Historic Snowfall Blankets Keystone and Breckenridge October 2019 - Ski Mag

Keystone and Breckenridge have received historic snowfall this October. The two resorts have reported a whopping 22 inches of snow accumulation during the week Oct. 27, setting the record for the snowiest October in the history of two resorts. Keystone received an impressive 44 inches of snow in total this October, while Breckenridge topped even that with a hefty 48 inches of snow this month, besting the resorts' previous October snowfall records of 43 inches and 46 inches, respectively, set in 2006. 

Keystone Resort with lift and snowcat on ski slope

Breckenridge is not hurting for snow this October. 

We can thank this early snowfall, along with Keystone's and Breckenridge’s new snowmaking systems, for the two resorts top-bottom skiing and resort opening dates this 2019-20 ski season. It has been a record year for Keystone, as earlier this month the resort announced its earliest opening in over 20 years. With the additional snow, Keystone is preparing to open top-to-bottom skiing and over 120 skiable acres on Friday, Nov.1. The additional terrain will allow access to advanced-level skiing to Keystone's River Run Village base via The Edge, Zumma East, River Run, Silvermaster, Spring Dipper, and Lower Paymaster trails. In addition, the resort will offer skiers access to a few small-to-medium terrain park features on Spring Dipper. Currently the resort is not offering any uphill access to guests due to early season mountain preparations taking place.

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Loryn Roberson, communications manager for Keystone Resort, advises that skiers planning to head up on November 1, stay on open trails in order to stay safe. “Please be reminded that Keystone Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings,” said Roberson in a press release. “Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. For the safety of all guests, please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.”

Further south, Breckenridge  also reaped the benefits of generous October snowfalls and is set to open on Nov. 8. Breckenridge offers a total of 2,908 skiable acres during their full ski season, but the resort has yet to announce the skiable acres that will be available opening day. In addition to Keystone and Breckenridge, other Epic Pass resorts are busily preparing for opening, with Vail set to open Nov. 15 and Crested Butte and Beaver Creek planning to start spinning lifts on Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving weekend. 

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