Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying excellent early season conditions as Winter Storm Ajax delivered a fresh round of powder to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts on Tuesday. Five more CSCUSA resorts are makingtheir final preparations to open for the season this week.
Winter Storm Ajax was widespread, leaving substantial accumulation across Colorados ski resorts. The San Juan Mountains were hit especially hard as 26 inches of new snow fell on Telluride, and Silverton welcomed 24 inches. Wolf Creek, which is presently open for the season, received 14 inches of snow to bring their season total to 70 inches while Purgatory recorded 12 inches in advance of their Opening Day Saturday, November 21.
Further north, Steamboat received 10 inches of snow with more expected in thenext several days. This storm coincided with the resorts announcement that it will open early for a special preview weekend on November 21 and 22 with skiing and riding on approximately 1,100 vertical feet off the Christie Peak Express chairlift from 8:30am to 4pm. Steamboat will re-open for daily operation on Scholarship Day, Wednesday, November 25, when it expects to provide skiing and riding from the Gondola and possibly the upper mountain as well.
The mountains near Aspen also fared well from Winter Storm Ajax. Aspen Mountain saw 7 inches while 12 inches fell on Snowmass, promising an enjoyable upcoming opening weekend at both resorts. Aspen Highlands (12 inches) and Buttermilk (6 inches) also benefited from this storm as they prepare to open for the season in early December.
Closer to Denver, Winter Park received 10 inches of fresh snow ahead of their Opening Day today. Skiers and snowboarders at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Loveland each welcomed 6 inches of new snow to ride, while Eldora also recorded 6 inches as they gear up to open for the season on Friday.
Other snow totals for Colorado Ski Country USA resorts opening soon include 8 inches at Powderhorn, 6 inches at Cooper and Sunlight, and 4 inches at Crested Butte, Monarch, and Ski Granby Ranch.
Presently Open for the Season:
Additional Slated Resort Open Dates:
November 20 Eldora, Monarch Mountain
November 21 Purgatory, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat (preview weekend)
November 25 Crested Butte, Steamboat
November 26 Telluride
Late November/Early December Silverton, Howelsen Hill
December 11 Sunlight
December 12 Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Cooper
December 17 Powderhorn, Ski Granby Ranch
Dates are subject to change.
Links to resort webcams:
Arapahoe Basin http://tiny.cc/wshz5x
Aspen Snowmass http://tiny.cc/wvhz5x
Copper Mountain http://tiny.cc/jyhz5x (click on the specific camera to see the view)
Crested Butte http://tiny.cc/20hz5x
Purgatory Resort http://tiny.cc/l2hz5x
Winter Park http://tiny.cc/keiz5x
Wolf Creek http://tiny.cc/ifiz5x