New terrain in Summit County for the holidays
Ryan Summerlin December 21, 2012
Abundant snowfall provided an early holiday for Keystone Resort this week with nearly a foot and a half of fresh snow falling at the resort.
The natural snow, bolstered by the resort’s snowmaking system, which has benefited from cool temperatures in recent days, will allow Keystone to open 1,000 acres of additional skiable terrain for the coming weekend.
Skiing and riding will be available on all three of Keystone’s peaks with the addition of The Outback today, with almost 1,500 acres of total terrain available by Saturday.
As of Saturday, the resort will have nearly 50 percent of its 3,148 total skiable acres open with a majority of its available terrain for night skiing and riding, which remains open until 8 p.m. starting tonight through Jan. 5.
Free parking is available after 2 p.m. at the Mountain House, and free transportation to and from Keystone’s River Run Village and other lodging facilities is available nightly from Mountain House.
The resort’s tubing offering begins daily operations today as well, and will continue through the end of the season. Night tubing, including Disco- and ’80s-themed tubing under the lights will be available nightly through Jan. 6.
Slopes are also being added on Dercum, North Peak and The Outback. Keystone’s A51 terrain park will also open Freda’s Incubator and 1-70 parks today.
Freda’s will offer small- and beginner-sized features perfect for first-time terrain park users while more experienced skiers and riders will enjoy more than 50 box and rail features and medium to large jumps across I-70, Main Street, Park Lane and The Alley. For those snow enthusiasts not as keen on the downhill thrills, Keystone’s Nordic center is now open for the season, with great conditions provided by more than 18″ of snow that has fallen in the last seven days.
With more natural snow in the forecast for early next week, Keystone will continue to expand terrain, with preparations beginning already on terrain serviced by the resort’s KAT ski operations.
Breck opened Peak 7 Thursday, with more than 120 skiable acres, bringing the total to more than 800 acres open to skiers and riders across peaks 7, 8 and 9. The ski area also opened the Freeway Terrain Park and the resort’s 22-foot superpipe to the public for the first time this season, giving guests the chance to ride the exact same features that starred in last weekend’s Dew Tour Mountain Championships.
Peak 8’s T-Bar and an additional 230 acres of upper- mountain terrain, including Horseshoe and Contest bowls, will also open today, if snow conditions permit.
Beginning today, base area lifts will start turning at 8:30 a.m. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Skiers and riders should keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.
Copper Mountain has 487 acres for holiday powder turns after receiving 19 inches of new snow in the past seven days.
The ski area celebrates its annual Christmas Eve En Fuego event kicking off with a free rail session presented by Woodward at Copper at 4 p.m. Monday. Bonfires will be set up throughout Center Village and Burning Stones Plaza as holiday events kick off at the ski area.