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Home Things to Do Winter Fun Early November Storms Thrill Colorado Skiers, Resorts

Early November Storms Thrill Colorado Skiers, Resorts

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A winter-like furor from Mother Nature brought ski season full-force to the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the second week of November 2010.

Recent cold weather and snow in the capital city was a tell-tale sign of the large amounts of snowfall that has fallen at Colorado Resorts. As the storms engulf the mountains, they imposed a sense that ski-season has now begun in earnest.

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Wolf Creek, although the third resort to open for the season, received a whopping 22 inches since Nov. 8, as layers upon layers have given the southernmost Colorado resort plenty to offer skiers and riders during the early season.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, with their annual "first to open" race done and dusted, have enjoyed consistent snow in large part to their prime positions on the Continental Divide. The week's snow dumps gave them a respective eight and nine-and-a-half inches, adding to their already substantial bases from previous snowfalls.

Copper Mountain's timing in opening on Nov. 5 seemed almost too good to be true, as a hefty nine inches fell in just the last 72 hours. The accumulated snowfall allowed Copper to open its Green Acres Learning Area Nov. 13.

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Winter Park, the next CSCUSA resort scheduled to open on Nov. 17, was given a heavy dosage of snow with nine inches falling. Many resorts are scheduled to open just in time for Thanksgiving, and benefited from the week's great snowfall, including Aspen Mountain - six inches (opens Nov. 25), Crested Butte - seven inches (opens Nov. 24), Monarch - six inches (opens Nov. 24), Purgatory - five inches (opens Nov. 25), Snowmass - six inches (opens No. 25), and Steamboat - 15 inches (opens Nov. 24).

Other November opening dates include Eldora (opens Nov. 19), Silverton (opens with unguided tours in late November), Ski Cooper (opens Nov. 25), and Telluride (opens Nov. 25).

Heavy snow weeks such as the one Colorado just experienced have energized the resort staffs, and with their opening dates falling so close to the recent storm, excitement has reached peak levels.

The final resorts listed below will open in December 2010, just in time for the holiday season:

  • Aspen Highlands - Dec. 11
  • Buttermilk - Dec. 11
  • Echo Mountain - Dec. 1
  • Howelsen - December (day TBD)
  • SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch - Dec. 15
  • Sunlight - Dec. 3
  • Powderhorn - Dec. 16

For more information about Colorado Ski Country USA visit www.ColoradoSki.com.

 
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