Weekend Snowfall Layers Colorado Resorts

Denver, Colo. – November 12, 2012 – Heavy snowfall arrived across the state over the weekend, serving as a timely reminder for skiers and snowboarders that Colorado Ski Country USA resorts will soon all be open. The recent storm swept through the state blanketing many resorts with natural snow, including a Western Slope piling of 18 inches at both Powderhorn and Sunlight. The storm aided the already open resorts of Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland by adding fresh natural powder to their man-made efforts, and left a full foot of snow at Winter Park Resort, which will open this coming Wednesday. It also created optimal conditions for snow making at resorts.


More resorts will open in the coming weeks, including Eldora Mountain Resort on Friday. During the Thanksgiving holiday, eight more resorts are scheduled to open: Crested Butte, Monarch, Steamboat (Nov. 21); Aspen Mountain, Ski Cooper, Snowmass Telluride (Nov. 22); and Purgatory (Nov. 23). Silverton, which is scheduled to open December 1, is considering the option of opening early after receiving between two and three feet from the weekend storm. Below is the full slate of Opening Days at Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts.


Arapahoe Basin:                     Open

Aspen Highlands:                    December 8, 2012

Aspen Mountain:                     November 22, 2012

Buttermilk:                               December 15, 2012

Copper Mountain:                   Open

Crested Butte:                         November 21, 2012

Eldora:                                     November 16, 2012

Howelsen:                               December 1, 2012

Loveland:                                Open

Monarch Mountain:                 November 21, 2012

Powderhorn:                           December 13, 2012

Purgatory:                              November 23, 2012

Silverton Mountain:                 December 1, 2012

Ski Cooper:                             November 22

Ski Granby Ranch:                 December 12, 2012

Snowmass:                             November 22, 2012

Steamboat:                             November 21, 2012

Sunlight:                                  December 7, 2012

Telluride:                                 November 22, 2012

Winter Park:                            November 14, 2012

Wolf Creek:                             TBD, 2012


*Opening dates are subject to change based on conditions. For the latest information, please visit www.ColoradoSki.com*


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