Ski patrollers explain the finer points of ski area etiquette

November 26, 2015 — 

No one wants a turkey on the slopes.

In mountain town lingo, a turkey is on par with a gaper. Both of them refer to someone — anyone, a veteran or a newbie — who acts totally oblivious out skiing. These folks can be funny at best (ever heard of Gaper Day?) and dangerous at worst.

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Bob Seto tops Epic Mix leaderboard with 8 opening day trips

November 26, 2015 — 

It’s 30 minutes before first chair of the season at Beaver Creek and Bob Seto is in line with a whopping three people.

“Centennial (lift) might have 500 people at this point. That’s the one everyone goes to,” Seto told me from Strawberry Park lift, easily the best choice on opening day — if it’s open. “My general strategy is stick to the Strawberry side before heading to the aspens at Bachelor Gulch.”

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Work It Out: The post-Thanksgiving ski workout

November 25, 2015 — 

Every so often, people forget that skiing and snowboarding are active, unpredictable sports.

Just look at early-season injuries: When the snow falls, people pour onto the slopes and ski just as hard as they did in March. Then, the soreness sets in — at noon. Your body hasn’t done anything remotely similar to skiing in at least six months and your muscles are moaning in agony. Next thing you know, you’ve pulled a muscle or, even worse, blown out your knee before the best snow even arrives.

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On The Hill: A51 terrain park is open for business at Keystone (video)

November 26, 2015 — 

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VIDEO: A51 is back in business for the 2015-16 season, with plenty of fun features on I-70 and The Alley. The park crew is adding more every day.

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Keystone Snow report: 0",0", 0"

Summit Daily field report: So far Thanksgiving morning is mellow, but that could all change by mid-morning. Get out for some runs now, or wait for football to start and go with the waves.

Weather: High 28 degrees, low 9 degrees. Cloudy right now. Meteorologists are calling for snow later today and into the weekend, but it hasn't started yet.

Lift lines: It's a holiday, so expect the unexpected on lifts. Wait time could be 10-plus minutes at Montezuma Express and other busy chairs.

Breakdown: Resorts keep opening new terrain. First came A51, and Breck now has service from Beaver Run chair. Over in Eagle County, Beaver Creek opened for the season with 720 acres on Wednesday. Time to give thanks.

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Take 5: All-star Nordic siblings Tucker and Taeler McCrerey

November 24, 2015 — 

The collegiate Nordic scene is small, and it just got a bit smaller for Tucker and Taeler McCrerey.

This season, the brother-sister duo from Summit County will travel to the same races for the first time as NCAA peers. Tucker, a 22-year-old architecture major, is looking ahead to his fourth and final season on the University of Utah Nordic ski team. His sister, 18-year-old Taeler, is just as ready to begin her first season with the University of Denver team between classes in biology and integrated sciences. The two won’t race head to head, but they’ll more than likely run into each other between heats and after events, just like they did when they were racing locally with the Summit Nordic Ski Club.

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Uphill in November: Be mindful of access policies and general etiquette when skinning

November 22, 2015 — 

Early storms have dropped more than 50 inches of snow on the Vail Valley so far in November, and powder-hungry skiers and riders have taken advantage, hiking up the mountain to enjoy fresh tracks.

“It has been really good so far this year,” said Delya Schock, a local telemark skier who has been touring nearby mountains for the past eight years. “The snow has motivated a lot of people to get up on the mountain early this season.”

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Take 5: An interview with ski slopestyle Olympian Devin Logan

November 21, 2015 — 

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Devin Logan.

About four years ago, the Long Island native earned an invite to the U.S. Freeskiing training facility in Park City after showing promise on the East Coast halfpipe and slopestyle circuit. Without blinking, she left her winter home at Mount Snow Ski Academy in Vermont to train with the big dogs on the national team.

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On The Hill: Vail opens the season with powder (video)

November 21, 2015 — 

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VIDEO: Vail opens the season with more snow than Z Grtiff knows what to do with. But, as usual, he figures out a way to make the most of it.

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Breckenridge official report: 1", 3", 4"

Summit Daily field: It is a clear, cold morning out there. The snow deposited is groomed up nicely and there will be great conditions today.

Lift lines: Some will have tired legs from the storm riding, some will be very eager to get out. The cold may keep some away, the blue may bring some out. Some people have errands to run. It's Saturday.

Weather: 24° high, 12° low and sunny

Breakdown: Peak 9 opens beginner runs. Vail opened yesterday and it was amazing. Outback at Keystone also opened yesterday. U.S. Ski Team naming at Copper.

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Vonn, Shiffrin and Mancuso: Copper welcomes the U.S. Ski Team for World Cup training

November 20, 2015 — 

There’s a war brewing in Mikaela Shiffrin.

At 20 years old, the EagleVail native has already taken the ski world by storm, winning slalom after slalom on the World Cup circuit before taking Olympic gold in Sochi at just 18 years old. She’s even slowly started to rack up podiums in giant slalom, including second place at the first World Cup GS in Soelden, Austria on Oct. 24.

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The Outsider: Find your ski legs before chopping them off

November 20, 2015 — 

A funny thing happens every November when I get the strange yet strong urge to simply chop off my legs.

By now, my groin and IT bands are nearly familiar with the unnatural demands of snowboard bindings and I can sleep without contorting into equally unnatural positions. But, it seems like no matter how well I condition over the summer, I just can’t avoid early-season tightness.

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Warren Miller's 'Chasing Shadows' comes to Breck CMC Nov. 20-21

November 19, 2015 — 

Only a Warren Miller crew would ever dream of a ski trip to the rough and ragged Himalayas — and then actually make it happen.

In “Chasing Shadows,” the 66th annual feature from the world’s most recognized ski-film house, a few of the absolute best (and craziest) winter sports athletes got together for classic Warren Miller globetrotting. There’s big-mountain skiing in Alaska, snowboard halfpipe at the Dew Tour in Breck, monoskiing shenanigans in Jackson Hole, speedskiing (aka paragliding with skis) high above Chamonix, even a bit of love for mogul racers — you name it and this film has it.

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On The Hill: The Keystone donut effect (video)

November 19, 2015 — 

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VIDEO: What's the donut effect? It's when a winter storm sits in a single area for at least 24 hour, bringing with it powder galore. It's also what happened to Keystone early this week. Z Griff heads out to make the most of the phenomenon.

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Keystone official report: 9"

Summit Daily field report: The wind blew last night and snow fell across the county: 4" at Vail and Copper, 7" at Breck, 9" at Keystone and A-Basin, and 10.5" at Loveland.

Weather: 23 degrees this morning.

Lift lines: Should not be too bad today with more and more runs/mountains open. I'm heading to Vail tomorrow for opening day on the other side of the pass — they've been getting pounded.

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Work It Out: Yoga for skiers and boarders

November 18, 2015 — 

You’ve scoured the local shops for early-season deals, you’ve tuned and waxed your skis or board, you’ve adjusted your bindings and renewed your pass(es). All that’s left now is to get your body in shape.

This month, we’ll focus on how to build up your body for alpine skiing and snowboarding (restoration is coming next month) with input from Breckenridge local Leslie Glenn, winner of the Aspen/Snowmass Open and an X Games athlete, snowboard coach and yoga instructor.

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Frisco launches beginner-friendly ski mountaineering series

November 17, 2015 — 

Have no idea what skimo is? Neither do most folks.

For years, skimo (aka ski mountaineering) has been spreading like wintery wildfire across Europe. It’s a cross between Nordic ski racing, backcountry skinning and winter mountaineering, complete with the cardio burn that trail runners can’t quite find once the snow falls. But, for one reason or another, it hasn’t caught on in the U.S. — until recently.

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On The Hill: Midweek powder at A-Basin and the Park Lane jumps in Breck (video)

November 18, 2015 — 

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VIDEO: Z Griff heads out into Winter Storm Ajax for the best of both worlds in November: powder from top to bottom at A-Basin and the three-pack jump line at Park Lane in Breck.

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Take 5: An interview with the U.S. Ski Team's Hig Roberts

November 17, 2015 — 

The path to the U.S. Ski Team is hardly a straight line. There are dozens and dozens of events to navigate, not to mention thousands upon thousands of young, hungry competitors vying for just a handful of spots.

This season, Hig Roberts earned his place. The 24-year-old Steamboat native took several zigs and zags on his way to the national team, starting first with youth clubs, then skiing for Middlebury College in Vermont before joining Team America in Vail, a developmental team for competitors who have aged out of the club scene. (No relation to Bode Miller’s punk-inspired independent team from 2007-08.)

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New Vail mega-resort set to open in Park City

November 17, 2015 — 

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ski officials are hoping the “bigger is better” card lures more skiers and snowboarders to their mountains this season after several resorts completed multi-million dollar improvement projects — highlighted by Vail Resort’s merging of two well-known ski areas into one mega-resort.

The new Park City Mountain Resort, which now includes the ski area formerly known as the Canyons Resort, is set to open Nov. 21. It will offer 7,300 skiable acres and 41 lifts to make it one of the largest in North America.

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Some US ski resorts explore possibility of 'drone zones'

November 17, 2015 — 

DENVER — A drone hovers about 30 feet above the skier’s head, then quickly swoops down for a tighter angle, so its video camera can capture his every move as he carves down a steep powder stash.

It’s not a scene from the latest Warren Miller movie. It’s something the founders of a Silicon Valley production company hope to bring to a ski resort near you — allowing customers to get the ultimate selfie in a “drone zone.”

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Snowboarders fight ban at Utah ski resort in appeals court

November 17, 2015 — 

DENVER — Does a snowboarder’s blind spot give a ski resort the right to ban him from public land?

It’s a question under federal review in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, which heard arguments Tuesday from a group of snowboarders arguing for the right to rip and shred on the slopes of a Utah ski resort.

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In The Field: Pre-season ski tuning 101

November 17, 2015 — 

Back when I was a college racer, I remember a girlfriend finding me in my kitchen with a pair of skis on the table, an iron in my hand and a big red block of Toko wax.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

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Summit County votes to close four stretches of road to winter motorized vehicles

November 16, 2015 — 

New regulations this winter would restrict access for snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles to sections of road entering restricted areas of the White River National Forest. The changes are effective immediately, after the Board of County Commissioners voted on a resolution to amend the Open Space Rules and Regulations and Snowmobile Ordinance 13.

Under the new regulations, winter motor vehicle access to Gold Run Gulch, Boreas Pass, Baldy and Sallie Barber roads would be restricted.

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On The Hill: Top to bottom at A-Basin for Lenawee opening (video)

November 15, 2015 — 

On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

VIDEO: Z Griff heads to Arapahoe Basin for the opening of Lenawee chair. You know what that means: top to bottom with new trails and untouched snow.

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Arapahoe Basin Official Report: 0",0",4"

Summit Daily Field Report: A beautiful day with the opening of Lenawee lift at the Basin.

Weather: Sunny. Low 0 degrees, high 38 degrees.

Breakdown: Lenawee lift opens at A Basin for top to bottom skiing. Sun was out and it was a ton of fun.

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Ski bum 2.0: How social apps like Gociety make adventure easy

November 13, 2015 — 

One of the most popular apps to come from Colorado wouldn’t exist without the slow decline of the print industry.

About four years ago, Anna Thielke and Alex Witkowicz were working for Skiing magazine in Boulder. She was a designer and he was a photographer, two highly skilled positions that required a mix of creativity, unorthodox thinking and a feverish love of the outdoors. Like all ski magazines, theirs thrived on a gorgeous (and expensive) product that cost about $5.99 on newsstands and was inevitably losing to an endless sea of timely, user-generated content found online — and for free.

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Sights from opening day at Breckenridge Ski Resort

November 13, 2015 — 

Sights from opening day at Breckenridge, complete with a salute to veterans, a three-pack jump line and even Ullr humself

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On The Hill: Hanging with Ullr on opening day at Breckenridge (video)

November 14, 2015 — 

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VIDEO: Z Griff heads to Breckenridge for the final opening day of the season, with a special appearance by the snow sage himself, Ullr.

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Breckenridge Official Report: 0",0",3"

Summit Daily Field Report: Very good conditions with a mix of real and man-made snow. Four runs open and Park Lane open with a three-pack of jumps, plus a bunch of rails and a box or two.

Lift Lines: Were not too bad for opening day, but there were a lot of excited people in attendance. Expect a ton of people today.

Weather: High of 44 Low of 17, bluebird skies, mild wind.

Breakdown: An incredible, fun opener for the home mountain of Breckenridge. A good time was had by all. The Park Lane terrain park was up with three incredibly nice jumps and the snow was great on all the runs.

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#ExploreSummit: Live coverage of Breckenridge Resort's opening day

November 13, 2015 — 

Breckenridge Resort is the final mountain in Summit County to open for ski season. First chair starts spinning on Peak 8 at a.m. The Summit Daily is on-site covering all the costumes, craziness and, of course, snow.

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USASA revamps Rev Tour pipeline to boost freestyle competition

November 12, 2015 — 

This winter could be a breakthrough season for the three top freeskiers with Team Summit Colorado.

Well before the first competition, the trio of high-level locals — Ethan Swadburg, Levi Ascher, Greg Spaulding — is already pre-qualified for the U.S. Revolution Tour. The Rev Tour, a nationwide series that kicks off at Copper in December, is a stepping stone for young competitors who want to move up the freestyle ranks. With any luck, placing well at the Rev Tour puts them on the radar for invite-only competitions: Dew Tour, X Games, the U.S. Burton Open, the Winter Olympics.

But it hasn’t always been a prestigious gateway. When the Rev Tour was launched about a decade ago, entry was open to anyone and everyone who knew how to use a computer. There were no qualifying races or finishes, and that meant first-year competitors would go up against lifelong freeskiers like Levi Ascher, whose dad has owned Pup’s Glide Shop in downtown Breckenridge for years.

“We didn’t really know where Rev Tour fit at first,” said Paul Krahulec, the Summit County director for the USASA Rocky Mountain Series. “At one point, we had too many people who shouldn’t have been competing, people who were competing past their ability.”

The USASA builds events to be a pipeline for young, hungry athletes. But, as Krahulec explains, Rev Tour didn’t really benefit the pipeline when entry was open to anyone. Team Summit head freeski Chris Hawks agrees.

“What used to happen is that a mom or coach or whoever wanted them to be in the event could just go online, register and they would be there,” said Hawks, who started coaching with Team Summit in 2001. “They opened it to anyone who wanted to register, and that just didn’t make sense. Now, it’s a legitimate event.”

This season, Rev Tour entries are limited to pre-qualified athletes like the Team Summit trio and athletes who qualify through sanctioned events during the season. The first local event is the USASA ski and snowboard halfpipe at Copper Mountain on Dec. 2, held less than a week before the resort’s Rev Tour stop from Dec. 6-11.

At the Copper Mountain qualifier, just 24 athletes will earn an invite to the Tour itself. Only the top male and female finishers for ski and snowboard make the cut, and Hawks believes that will help the Tour live up to its reputation — and usefulness as a pipeline event.

“If they want to be contest skiers, they have to do Rev Tour,” Hawks said. “They have to move up the USASA rankings, qualify for Rev Tour and make it to that next level. That’s your end goal. You have to get to Dew Tour, you have to get to X Games, you have to keep moving up.”

The ski club pipeline

In the grand scheme of things, Rev Tour is the middle tier in the youth freestyle pipeline. Ski clubs across the U.S. rely on USASA events to help their athletes move from entry-level regional races to national and invite-only events. Every finish at every event earns points, just like the FIS World Cup circuit, and the top point earners in from each division qualify for better and fiercer competition.

“The USASA is the little league, the grassroots, the pee-wee football of snowboarding and skiing,” Krahulec said. “You have to come through us to get to the Olympics and reach that highest level.”

But, even for coaches, navigating that pipline can occasionally be confusing.

“I don’t think anyone quite understands 100 percent how these competitions work together,” Hawks said. Still, it’s his job to know what events are best for individual athletes. Along with skills and techniques, ski club coaches guide their athletes through the complicated world of competition.

“We have to make sure we aren’t blowing it for the kids,” he said. “We keep an eye on registration and everything else. Now, with the pre-qualified list (for Rev Tour), I have three athletes who are already signed up through that list.”

Will the qualification requirements truly bring better competition to the Tour? Yes, Krahulec says, especially in Summit County. The local Rocky Mountain Division is the deepest and most talented in the country — the East and Midwest divisions don’t even have ski halfpipe or slopestyle.

And, it can only help that the Rev Tour is now more prestigious in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals world. The AFP awards points based on a scale system, from bronze to platinum. All regional USASA races are AFP bronze, while the Grand Prix series is AFP platinum. This season, Rev Tour sits right in the middle at AFP silver — exactly where it belongs.

“It’s just been so tough for kids to reach that highest level in the past because there were no stepping stones,” Hawks said. “Now, you’re basing it on proven results to get to the next level, not just how fast you are at figuring out a website. I’m happy with it.”

Early-season uphill access at Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge and A-Basin

November 12, 2015 — 

There’s something oddly exciting about the White Strip of Death.

At Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, home to the unofficial strip (also known as High Noon run), hundreds of people waited in line for upwards of 30 minutes in the first two weeks of the season for a brief taste of white gold. For most, it was worth the wait, even if such a long delay for barren terrain would make folks questions their sanity in January.

But, come January, the true A-Basin faithful won’t even bother waiting for the lift to start spinning. The ski area is a favorite for a passionate group of locals who prefer to work for their turns, longtime residents like 68-year-old Doris Spencer and 76-year-old Kent Willoughby. And, since all Summit resorts are on U.S. Forest Service land, the terrain is open to the public — within the guidelines of ski area special-use permits.

Like neighboring resorts, A-Basin allows uphill access before and after operating hours, clearing the trails for anyone who prefers skinning or snowshoeing over freezing on an exposed chair. Not that the hours around dawn and dusk are any warmer, but there’s something liberating about trekking up the hill in the heart of winter.

November is a different beast. Thanks to snowmaking and grooming operations, all four Summit County resorts limit uphill travel early in the season. The slopes will open for uphill travel soon enough, but, until then, it pays to study up on the rules for early and peak-season travel.


Snow, snow and more snow in the past week has made a world of difference at Keystone Resort. The resort opened with just one run and download-only service on Nov. 6. By Nov. 11, skiers and boarders were greeted by an early-season terrain park and top-to-bottom service on River Run.

But, that doesn’t mean the resort’s main artery is ready for uphill travel. Cats and snowmakers are still working early in the morning and late at night, which means the trail is off-limits to uphill travel (along with every other trail).

Keystone will officially open for uphill travel in the next few weeks. Keep your eye on the resort’s Facebook and Twitter account for any news. When the restriction is lifted, remember the basics: No pets, travel only before 8:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m., never wander into closed terrain and always let someone know where you’re headed before you go.


When Breckenridge Ski Resort opens tomorrow, it welcomes winter with the most Opening Day terrain of the season: Three runs, three lifts and 80-plus acres of skiable terrain.

And, like its sister resort at Keystone, uphill access is restricted on all of it. The two resorts follow similar guidelines throughout the season, including no pets and no access while lifts are spinning.

That said, Breckenridge restricts access to certain routes. There are seven routes spread between Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10 — Peak 8 is home to four of the seven — with no uphill travel on Peak 6. See the Breckenridge website for a complete list of approved routes.

For now, watch Breck’s social media for updates on uphill restrictions throughout the season. The resort set up a hotline a few seasons ago to spread info about grooming operations and the like. Give it a call before you head out at (970) 547-5627.


Copper Mountain Resort opened with a blessed coat of fresh powder yesterday, but even 14-plus inches in the past week wasn’t enough to cover everything. The snow guns were blowing all day near the base of American Eagle, and cats were busy at work on the Eagle Jib Park just below the upper terminal.

At night, those operations ramp up nearly tenfold, which means uphill access is dangerous with so much heavy machinery around. Right now, Copper expects to open for skinning and more by January. Travel is OK before 9 a.m. on weekdays or 8:30 a.m. on weekends and after 5 p.m. all week.

Before heading out, Copper requires all uphill travelers to get a free access pass and reflective armband. The passes are available at the lower ski patrol room, located next to the American Flyer lift (behind Jack’s), from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter season. All you need to do is fill out an access form and go over the rules.

Like Breck, Copper also has designated routes from East Village, Center Village and Union Creek, which takes travelers to the Janet’s Cabin hut. See the Copper Mountain website or drop by the patrol room for details on the routes.


Basin is a hotbed for uphill travel, and by now, the ski area has it down to a science. Anyone who heads up must pick up a free pass from the tickets window during normal operating hours, with openings and closing posted to the A-Basin website by 6 a.m. daily. Dogs are allowed, but be sure to bring poop bags.

The Basin is also the only local ski area to allow travel when lifts are spinning. Uphill access is restricted to the eastern edge of High Noon run (aka the White Strip of Death in November), found between the base area and Black Mountain Lodge. Access above Black Mountain Lodge is prohibited during operational hours.

Breckenridge sees a foot of fresh snow just before Friday opening (video)

November 11, 2015 — 

With snowmaking and grooming active on the mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort is gearing up for opening day on Friday, Nov. 13. Thanks to a fast-moving Wednesday morning storm, the resort was blanketed with more than a foot of fresh snow yesterday.

“Because of recent snow accumulation and the efforts of Breck’s snowmaking and grooming teams, the resort is happy to announce it will have more than 80 acres ready for Friday’s opening,” Gary Shimanowitz, Vice President of Mountain Operations said in a statement. “Our teams are committed to providing excellent snow conditions to guests, and with more snow in the forecast this week we are hopeful to announce additional terrain by Friday. It should be a great opening.”

This season’s opening is on par with last winter’s Nov. 14 opening. On Friday, crews will open three runs down the front of Peak 8, with access from the Colorado SuperChair, 5 Chair and Rip’s Ride stating at 9 a.m. Skiers and riders will be able to cruise down intermediate and moderate runs including Springmeier, Trygve’s and Middle 4 O’ Clock.

Kristen Petitt Stewart, Breckenridge senior communications manager, said the resort would announce any further terrain openings in the subsequent afternoons. While Breckenridge’s current priority is to open more of Peak 8, the resort typically opens Peak 9 just before Thanksgiving.

“Despite the storm, we’re still going to open with limited terrain on Peak 8, but it helps us get more open sooner,” Stewart said. “We knew the temps were going to be favorable for snowmaking, we knew the storm was setting up nicely, but you can never predict what you’re gonna get opening day.”

Before the lifts start turning, the festivities will ensure, with free cinnamon rolls, Sobe drink samples and prizes for the first few hundred guests in line starting at 8 a.m. Breckenridge will also bring in DJ DC with Red Bull’s MXT DJ Truck, and will have family games on-site and free photo prints from EpicMix photo. The resort will also have a Veterans Day tribute for U.S. service men and women.

“It’ll be a great opening weekend,” Stewart added. “There’s nothing better than fresh snow for ski resort opening.”

Throughout the season, Breckenridge’s lifts will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Individual tickets are $100 for adults, $90 for seniors and $65 for children on opening day, when purchased online.

The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Summit Value Pass provide seasonal access to Breckenridge, with prices ranging from $519 to $809 for adults.

On The Hill: Session at Keystone's early-season terrain park (video)

November 12, 2015 — 

On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

VIDEO: Keystone opened the A51 early-season park on Nov. 10, just a day before a fast snowstorm brought 8-plus inches to resorts across Summit. Z Griff was there to catch the park action on a sparkling bluebird day. Just watch out for the backflips.

Snow report: Keystone reported 2 inches overnight, plus another 8 from the night before.

Summit Daily field report: The Wednesday snowstorm was a blessing. It softened up the ramps and gave the A-51 crew something to work with.

Weather: High of 25 degrees and plenty of sunshine.

Lift lines: Pretty short on a bluebird Thursday, but expect the three-person Ranger lift to be slammed over the weekend.

Breakdown: Glad to see that Keystone waited to build a legitimate park, with good flow and plenty of features.

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