Copper Mountain, Keystone resorts open Friday after one-week delay
At both Copper Mountain and Keystone resorts, hundreds of eager skiers and snowboarders loaded onto lifts Friday to kick off the season.
Keystone pumped Journey and Pat Benatar through its speakers, as well as such classic songs as “The Safety Dance,” while the resort’s mascot Riperoo high-fived folks.
A group of six or seven men from Summit County and Vail arrived at the resort in the middle of the night. Some slept right next to the gondola, which they boarded before everyone else at 9 a.m.
A 23-year-old from Frisco who gave his name as Space Kace Ace was one of the first few snowboarders to arrive back at the base area. He said he loved the feeling of riding down the mountain at high speeds with only a couple of friends in front of him.
“It was everything I dreamed of for the past three nights,” he said.
A few people also spent the night at Copper to earn first chair.
Copper opened its Main Vein, Rhapsody, Ptarmigan and Easy Rider trails for top-to-bottom skiing and riding in front of Center Village. The resort also opened its terrain park off the top of the American Eagle chairlift.
Keystone opened 50 skiable acres, including the Spring Dipper and River Run trails and the upper mountain beginner area. The resort didn’t open its A51 Terrain Park due to weather.
Unseasonably warm temperatures through October caused both resorts to push back their scheduled opening days one week.
Both resorts will continue snowmaking to open more terrain as soon as possible.
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