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 Basin’s base accumulation resulting in the resort’s 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), today’s 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, we’ve 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 Colorado’s 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 Colorado’s 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, Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, "It’s 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 today’s 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 Colorado’s 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.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing 21 Colorado ski & snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry.
Below is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts:
- 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