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Double-Digit Snow Totals Blanket Colorado Ski Areas, Prompt Early Openings

Eldora and Cooper to Open Early for Eager Skiers and Riders

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Photo Credit Top Row (L-R): Telluride Ski Resort; Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area; Sam Bass, Eldora
Bottom Row: Rosanne Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area; Cooper; Dan Bayer, Aspen Snowmass

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With three Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas open for skiing and riding and 11 more scheduled to open by the end of the month, up to three feet of snow has fallen on Colorado’s ski areas in a 72-hour period. This impressive early November snowfall has prompted two ski areas to move up their opening days; Eldora will open nine days earlier than scheduled this Wednesday, November 7, while Cooper will open 10 days early on Friday, November 23.

While the most recent storm favored the northern and central mountains, all ski areas in Colorado received snow including the three ski areas open over the weekend. Loveland Ski Area received 37 inches of snowfall in 72 hours, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area saw 21 inches of fresh snow in the same period and Wolf Creek, which will open for the season this Friday, November 9, received four inches.

Listed by Opening Date:                     

October 13                                Wolf Creek (Weekends only – Opening for the season November 9)

October 19                                Arapahoe Basin

October 20                                Loveland

November 7                              Eldora

November 14                            Winter Park

November 16                            Copper Mountain

November 17                            Purgatory

November 21                            Monarch

November 21                            Steamboat

November 22                            Aspen Mountain

November 22                            Snowmass

November 22                            Telluride

November 23                            Cooper

November 23                            Echo Mountain

November 24                            Howelsen Hill

November 24                            Silverton

December 7                              Kendall Mountain

December 8                              Aspen Highlands

December 8                              Buttermilk

December 8                              Sunlight

December 14                            Granby Ranch

December 14                            Powderhorn

December 21                            Hesperus


Links to Resort Webcams:

Arapahoe Basin

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Mountain



Copper Mountain

Eldora Mountain Resort

Granby Ranch

Loveland Ski Area

Monarch Mountain


Purgatory Resort



Sunlight Mountain Resort

Telluride Ski Resort

Winter Park Resort

Wolf Creek Ski Area