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More snow means more terrain

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” While commuters were spinning in circles after Wednesday night’s snowstorm, area resorts made plans to open up more terrain.

Local authorities reported only minor accidents on roadways after 3 to 8 inches fell on different parts of the county. More snow is expected to last through the weekend. Loveland Pass was briefly closed Thursday morning before the Colorado Department of Transportation opened it just before noon. Interstate 70 never closed during the storm, although the new chain law was in effect most of Thursday for commercial vehicles.

Here is the impact of the storm on area resorts:

Arapahoe Basin reported the most snow with 12 inches in the past 24 hours. Thursday they opened intermediate runs, Powerline and Lenewee Parks. A-Basin’s director of marketing, Leigh Hierholzer, said they plan to play it by ear and will open new terrain this weekend depending on how much more snow they get.

Breckenridge reported 7 inches from the storm. Thursday they opened expert terrain, Devil’s Crotch and Mineshaft on Peak 9. Friday, they plan to open all trails on Peak 8, which will bring the resort’s total to more than 740 skiable acres.

Copper Mountain reported 6 inches from the storm. They plan to open another 33 new trails and nine lifts this weekend, including American Flyer tail, Upper Bittersweet, Copperfield, Oh No, Soliloquy and Rosi’s Run. Copper also plans to start running the Timberline Express chairlift and beginner terrain with the Gem chairlift. The tubing hill is expected to open Saturday.

Keystone reported 9 inches from the storm. They plan to open their second mountain, North Peak, on Saturday.

Check out a video from Thursday’s powder day at Breckenridge Resort at

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