Colorados 2013/14 ski season is underway today as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. At 8:30a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basins opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.
Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures and ideal humidity conditions over the past several weeks. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area began making snow on the evening of Friday, September 27, and have made snow or received natural snow most days since then. New snowmaking equipment upgrades, ideal snowmaking conditions, and recent natural snowfall have added to Arapahoe Basins base accumulation resulting in the resorts current packed powder conditions. Today skiers and riders accessed the Black Mountain Express lift and enjoyed skiing on intermediate run High Noon.
For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), todays exciting opening brings optimism for the season ahead. Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year, said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills. Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, weve seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day. Thanks to helpful weather patterns and the hard work of Snowmakers and groomers, all of Colorados resorts will open with top notch products our guests will enjoy.
The recent autumn snow storms and early winter season conditions brought a robust crowd to Arapahoe Basin today, signifying skiers and riders are more than ready to enjoy Colorados signature winter sports. Resorts continue to focus on the guest experience, with everything from safety to service, continued Mills. Whether the emphasis is on families, learning or value, visitors can expect the same qualities from resorts this year that keep them coming back to Colorado season after season.
Amid all of the Opening Day celebrations, Colorados Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, Its still fall but the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season is open for business in Colorado. He continued, Tourism and recreation are some of our most visible and important industries in Colorado, not to mention key economic drivers, and with todays grand opening we are looking forward to a fun-filled and snowy year on the slopes.
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. 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: October 13, 2013 Early June 2014
Aspen Highlands: December 14, 2013 April 13, 2014
Aspen Mountain: November 28, 2013 April 20, 2014
Buttermilk: December 14, 2013 April 6, 2014
Copper Mountain: November 1, 2013 April 13, 2014
Crested Butte: November 27, 2013 April 6, 2014
Eldora: November 22, 2013 April 13, 2014
Howelsen Hill: November 30, 2013 March 16, 2014
Loveland: Mid October 2013 Early May 2014
Monarch Mountain: Mid November 2013 April 13, 2014
Powderhorn: December 12, 2013 March 30, 2014
Purgatory: November 29, 2013 March 30, 2014
Silverton: December 21, 2013 April 13, 2014
Ski Cooper: December 14, 2013 April 6, 2014
Ski Granby Ranch: December 11, 2013 April 6, 2014
Snowmass: November 28, 2013 April 20, 2014
Steamboat: November 27, 2013 April 13, 2014
Sunlight: December 6, 2013 March 30, 2014
Telluride: November 28, 2013 April 6, 2014
Winter Park: November 13, 2013 April 20, 2014
Wolf Creek: November 8, 2013 April 6, 2014
Listed By Open Date:
October 13: Arapahoe Basin
Mid October Loveland
November 1: Copper Mountain
November 8: Wolf Creek
November 13: Winter Park
November 22: Eldora
November 27: Crested Butte, Steamboat
November 28: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride
November 29: Purgatory
November 30: Howelsen Hill
December 6: Sunlight
December 11: Ski Granby Ranch
December 12: Powderhorn
December 14: Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
December 21: Silverton
*Dates are subject to change.