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Good to be Open

We welcomed Colorado’s 2010-11 ski season on October 24th with the opening of member resort Loveland Ski Area. It was a great day for Loveland and Colorado as they became the first resort in the Nation to open for the season. The next day, the second resort opened as Arapahoe Basin got its new Black Mountain Express lift to carry skiers and riders for the first time. Just last Saturday Wolf Creek opened for the season and this Friday, Copper Mountain will open up.

There was some discrepancy about whether or not Loveland was really the first resort to open in the Nation, and we said, yes, it was. You see, here in Colorado, when a resort opens, its for the season, not just for a weekend.

Photo by Casey Day

A-Basin Opening Day Photo by Casey Day

While all ski areas are weather dependant, in Colorado Ski Country, our resorts consistently have good skiing conditions with lots of snow, many powder days and coverage that lasts all season long.

Wolf Creek Opening Day

Wolf Creek Opening Day

Consistent snow surface conditions can be found all season long because, first, Colorado resorts employ the best snow maintenance professionals in the industry. Second, thanks to Colorados dry air and high elevation, the snow is the best in the world. Third, because of the quality and quantity of snow, Colorado has one of the longest ski seasons in the United States. And fourth, Colorados annual snowfall average is 300 inches.

Copper Mountain

Heres to celebrating opening day, no matter where youre skiing or riding!