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Americas Ski Season Kicks Off in Colorado

Come one, come all. The wait is over. Arapahoe Basin is now open. Photo: Jack Dempsey Come one, come all. The wait is over. Colorado is now open. Photo: Jack Dempsey

Colorados 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon run for their first turns of the year.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures to commence their winter operations over the past several weeks. Copper Mountain began making snow on the evening of Monday, September 29, and in addition to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, and Telluride Ski Resort have made snow since then as well. Ideal snowmaking conditions and recent natural snowfall at high elevation allowed Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly Race to Open for the third consecutive year.

Following a record year for skier visits in Colorado, and a summer of major upgrades and improvements at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, Arapahoe Basins opening has skiers and riders looking forward to the season ahead. Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, snowmakers and groomers have been working diligently to deliver a memorable Opening Day, and were thrilled to see our guests enjoy their first day of the season, said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills.

Colorados ski areas are aiming to build on last years successful season with capital improvements, program upgrades, and new technology. As always, Colorado resorts are focused on delivering a great guest experience, continued Mills. From innovative instructional programs and award-winning dining facilities to groundbreaking smartphone apps and multi-mountain pass products, our resorts ongoing dedication to quality, safety, and value is what keeps visitors coming back to Colorado season after season.

The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorados Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring, giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

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


Listed By Resort Name:

Arapahoe Basin: Mid-October 2014 – Early June 2015

Aspen Highlands: December 13, 2013 – April 12, 2014

Aspen Mountain: November 27, 2014- April 19, 2015

Buttermilk: December 13, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Copper Mountain: October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Crested Butte: November 26, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Eldora: November 22, 2014 – Mid-April, 2015

Howelsen Hill: Late November 2014 – Mid March 2015

Loveland: Mid-October 2014 – Early May 2015

Monarch Mountain: November 26, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Powderhorn: December 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Purgatory: November 28, 2014 – Late March, 2015

Silverton: December 20, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Cooper: December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Granby Ranch: Mid-December, 2014 – Early April, 2015

Snowmass: November 27, 2014- April 12, 2015

Steamboat: November 26, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Sunlight: December 5, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Telluride: November 27, 2014 – April 15, 2015

Winter Park: November 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Wolf Creek: November 7, 2014 – April 5, 2015


Listed By Open Date:

October 17: Arapahoe Basin

Mid-October: Loveland

October 31: Copper Mountain

November 7: Wolf Creek

November 12: Winter Park

November 22: Eldora

November 26: Crested Butte, Monarch, Steamboat

November 27: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride

November 28: Purgatory

Late November: Howelsen Hill

December 5: Sunlight

December 11: Powderhorn

December 13 Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

Mid-December: Ski Granby Ranch

December 20: Silverton


*Dates are subject to change.