Catalyst Terrain Park, Skyway Skiway open for holiday skiers
SUMMIT COUNTY – Warmer temperatures, continued snowfall and the resorts being nearly 100 percent open are expected to bring locals and visitors to the mountains in droves. Arapahoe BasinThe Legend came out on top in the snowfall department over the last few days, reporting 22 inches in three days as of Thursday. The mountain currently has a 56-inch mid-mountain base and is 100 percent open, excluding the East Wall, with 58 trails and 490 acres available for skiers and riders, including The Mutha’ Hucker Terrain Park.Breckenridge
Breckenridge Ski Resort’s new Skyway Skiway opens today. The new skier bridge will serve as a link for Breckenridge skiers and riders from Peak 8 to the free skier parking lots and will provide ski-in access to the Mountain Thunder Lodge and Townhomes.As of Thursday, Breckenridge reported 12 inches of new snow in the last seven days, with a 54-inch mid-mountain base. The mountain is 91 percent open with 2,008 total acres and 28 lifts open, including the new Imperial Express SuperChair.Copper MountainCopper has 100 percent of its beginner and intermediate terrain open with 70 percent of its advanced terrain open for a total of 1,923 acres open with 21 lifts and 122 trails.Copper opened Lower Lillie G and Blackjack Glades off of Blackjack Lift. The Catalyst Terrain Park opened Thursday with three jump lines for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. The Catalyst Superpipe is schedule to open this week, while Copper’s freeriders can drop into the Main Vein Superpipe located just above the Village at Copper.
Watch for potential openings at Upper Lillie Glades and the south end of the Upper Enchanted Forest this weekend if weather permits. These openings would add an additional 35 acres and more advanced/expert terrain.Copper reports a mid-mountain base of 56 inches with 20 inches of new snow reported in the last seven days as of Thursday.KeystoneDue to more than 10 feet of snow this season, Keystone started its guided snowcat tours earlier than ever. The snowcat tours are $75 and transport skiers and riders to Bergman and Erickson bowls. The $5 one-way Outback snowcat shuttles to North and South bowls will be running this weekend, too.Keystone’s A51 Incubator terrain park opened Wednesday with a beginner jump line. This weekend the Incubator should feature beginner rails and boxes.
The mountain is 97 percent open with a mid-mountain base of 49 inches.This week, Keystone turned off its snowmaking guns for the season – the earliest end to the snowmaking season since the early ’90s.Weather forecastAccording to the National Weather Service, snow showers are likely today with a low near 16. Saturday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 32 and a low Saturday night around 14. Christmas Day should be mostly sunny with a high near 32 and a low around 22 Sunday night.
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