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December 15, 2012
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Snow expected in Summit County, new terrain likely to open

An impending snow storm, expected to bring around 3 inches of accumulation at the local ski areas, will provide a nice dusting on newly open trails this weekend.

Hosting the Dew Tour this week, Breckenridge Ski Resort has taken the lead in the county for its total acreage offered, bringing the tally to 344 skiable acres.

Keystone Resort announced Friday 90 acres of additional terrain will open this weekend, including the season debut of North Peak, Keystone's second of three peaks.

Also newly open for the weekend are first runs of the season on Last Alamo, which will provide bump skiing and riding and Prospector. Portions of the intermediate slopes Paymaster and Mozart will also make their season debut Friday.

Terrain park enthusiasts can enjoy the new jump line on Main Street, which opened a large jump and several rail features Tuesday. Overall, 320 acres will be available for the weekend, thanks to snowfall and continued efforts by Keystone's powerful snowmaking and grooming team, according to ski area officials.

The new terrain on North Peak can be accessed by the Outpost Gondola from the top of Dercum Mountain and both the Santiago Express and Ruby Express chairlifts.

Arapahoe Basin celebrates the grand opening of the new Pika Place Learning Area and Ace's Kids' Park kicking off 11 a.m. Saturday.

"We wanted to give the next generation of skiers and riders a special place to explore the mountain and transform their skills," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin's chief operating officer. "Many of our guests grew up skiing the Basin, and now they're sharing their love of the mountain with their own kids."

Pika Place, with a conveyor lift that allows for a gradual introduction to lift-served skiing, is located adjacent to the Black Mountain Express lift in the base area.

Touting progression, A-Basin officials are promoting a new offering: The Ace's Kids' Park, a beginner-level terrain park also adjacent to Black Mountain Express, that exposes younger guests to freestyle terrain elements in a safe, controlled environment.

Ace's Kids' Park will open with two small, ride-on boxes which give the guest the feeling of sliding on a box without the intimidation of it being a large feature.

"The goal of this park is progression," said Matt Hauke, terrain park manager. "These features serve as stepping stones to the larger features we have in our other two parks."

Copper Mountain will open West Village with Union Creek Express and Kokomo lifts and trails Vein Glory, Sno Deal and Lower Roundabout today.

The ski area's Rosi's Run will also be accessible from the Super Bee Lift this weekend.


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