2019-20 Winter Season in Colorado Is Here as Arapahoe Basin Opens for the Season

Submitted by Andy on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:59

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Photo Credit: Colorado Ski Country USA, Jack Dempsey

The 2019-20 ski season has begun in Colorado with skiers and snowboarders celebrating the opening of Arapahoe Basin this afternoon. At 3:30 p.m. the Black Mountain Express lift began delivering skiers and riders to the intermediate High Noon trail with an 18-inch base of packed powder.

 

Recent cold temperatures have allowed four Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas to make snow in advance of the season, while all ski areas in the state received between a dusting and 10 inches of snow yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 10. Colorado Ski Country member ski areas are in the midst of a multi-year period of investment focused on major upgrades to the guest experience. New for the 2019-20 season, Colorado will welcome four new chairlifts, including the second new gondola in two years, five new dining experiences and five terrain expansions.

 

“October snowfall is not only exciting for our ski areas, but a reminder to both experienced skiers and riders and those that may be new to the sport that the 2019-20 winter season is here,” said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “The recent snowfall has been helpful, but we can’t forget the countless hours of labor and logistics that our snowmakers, groomers and operations crews have undertaken over the past weeks. We are looking forward to welcoming guests from locations worldwide and of all ability levels after a summer and fall of significant investment across Colorado at ski areas of all sizes.”

 

Opening Day is a highlight of the early ski season, a title often held by either Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, which allows for one of the longest ski seasons in the country. 

 

Below is a current list of scheduled opening and tentative closing dates for CSCUSA member resorts*.

 

Operating Dates for Colorado Ski Country USA Ski Areas:

 

RESORT

OPEN

CLOSE

ARAPAHOE BASIN

October 11

June 7

ASPEN HIGHLANDS

December 7

April 12

ASPEN MOUNTAIN

November 28

April 19

BUTTERMILK

December 7

April 5

SKI COOPER

December 7

April 12

COPPER MOUNTAIN

November 8

April 19

ECHO MOUNTAIN

November 29

April 12

ELDORA

November 15

April 12

GRANBY RANCH

December 13

March 29

HESPERUS

December 21

TBD

HOWELSEN HILL

November 30

March 15

KENDALL MOUNTAIN

December 14

March 29

LOVELAND

Mid-October

May 5

MONARCH

November 22

April 5

POWDERHORN

December 13

March 29

PURGATORY

November 23

TBD

SILVERTON

December 26

April 19

SNOWMASS

November 28

April 19

STEAMBOAT

November 23

April 12

SUNLIGHT

December 13

April 5

TELLURIDE

November 28

April 5

WINTER PARK

November 13

April 19

WOLF CREEK

November 1

April 5

 

*Dates are subject to change.

 

Colorado Ski Country USA Ski Area Webcam Links

 

http://bit.ly/ArapahoeBasinCams

http://bit.ly/AspenHighlandsCams

http://bit.ly/AspenMountainCams

http://bit.ly/AspenButtermilkCams

http://bit.ly/CooperCams

http://bit.ly/CopperCams

http://bit.ly/EldoraCams

http://bit.ly/GranbyRanchCams

http://bit.ly/LovelandCams

http://bit.ly/MonarchCams

http://bit.ly/PowderhornCams

http://bit.ly/PurgatoryCams

http://bit.ly/AspenSnowmassCams

http://bit.ly/SteamboatCams

http://bit.ly/SunlightCams

http://bit.ly/TellurideCams

http://bit.ly/WinterParkCams

http://bit.ly/WolfCreekCams

 

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Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 23 ski & snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the global voice of Colorado’s ski industry. The Association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations. Information for CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.coloradoski.com, on twitter, on Facebook and onInstagram.

 

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