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Summit County: Snowy Christmas Day finds ski resort terrain expanding

Paige Blankenbuehler
summit daily news
Special to the Daily/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Breckenridge Ski Resort is celebrating today’s holiday with the most terrain offered in the county: A total of 1,201 acres, with a large spread of advanced and expert terrain, is now open.

The ski area’s back bowls – Adios, Amen, East Snowbird, Hombre, Lobo, Middle Snowbird, No Name, Quandary, Solitude, Too Much, Upper Psycho and West Snowbird – are all fair game today.

“We are the place to be right now for both beginner and expert terrain,” said Alysa Hetze, spokeswoman for the resort. “Christmas at Breckenridge this year is going to be really epic – we’re watching this storm that’s supposed to be coming in very closely and we’re looking forward to a snowy Christmas morning.”

Keystone Resort is celebrating the holidays with festivities for children, including the Snow Fort.

The resort offers 1,169 acres of terrain, with newly opened advanced and expert trails on Badger, Black Forest, Coyote Caper, the North Bowl, The Grizz and Timberwolf.

Copper Mountain opened the Rendezvous Lift along with Wheeler Creek and Union Park trails Monday.

Today, the ski resort will have the Lumberjack lift and the following trails open: Upper Roundabout, I-Way, Easy Feeling, CDL and the new Jeep Adventure Trail. Coppertone, See and Ski, Easy Road, Lower Sluice, and Timber Ridge are serviced by the Sierra Lift.

The NASTAR course also opened Monday afternoon on Copperopolis, said Austyn Williams, spokeswoman for the resort.

“We have a lot of variety on the mountain,” Williams said. “It’s all weather dependent, so our ski patrollers and snowmaking teams are working hard everyday to get more terrain open.”

Arapahoe Basin opened Lenawee Parks, Humbug, Cornice Run, West Wall and Powerline on Monday. The ski area now offers 20 trails with 242 skiable acres.

Chief operating officer Alan Henceroth said Arapahoe Basin will offer a relaxed setting with a variety of terrain for the holiday.

“We have a lot of families that spend Christmas Day at A-Basin year after year because we have a really laid-back approach to the holiday,” Henceroth said. “It’s just a great day of skiing and with the snow coming supposedly, it will be magical day.”

Loveland shifts their focus this Christmas Day to Front Range commuters, said John Sellers, spokesman for the ski area.

“With snow likely to be coating the roads, Loveland will be a great place to go for Christmas Day,” Sellers said. “We catch a lot of people who don’t want to continue on through the Eisenhower Tunnel and we’re going to have great conditions for the holiday.”

Resort areas are also offering other holiday options after a day on the hills.

For families spending the day in Breckenridge, The Doubletree Hotel is hosting a Christmas Buffet Dinner from 4-8:30 p.m. at the 9600 Grill.

Offerings include a chef-attended prime rib carving station, slow roasted pit ham,and butternut squash. After dinner, guests can enjoy desserts like white and dark chocolate fondue and eggnog bread pudding.

The buffet is $40 for adults, $15 for children and free for kids under five. Call (970) 547-5555 for reservations and more info.

Served from 5-9 p.m. tonight, Sevens Restaurant in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge is serving up a classic Christmas dinner.

Featuring entrees like “Duck Duck Goose!” which includes a slow-roasted duck confit, seared herb encrusted duck breast, and a fois gras medallion, and desserts like Figgy Bread Pudding with a Breck Bourbon Sauce, this menu could inspire a new family tradition. Call 970-496-8910 for reservations and more information.

Copper Mountain Resort celebrates the holidays with lots of cheer, more snow, open terrain and family events. With the help of Mother Nature, Copper Mountain has open 487 acres for holiday powder turns. Copper Mountain has received 19 inches of new snow in the past 7 days.

Copper Mountain is offering festivities to ring in the New Year with a fireworks show slated at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at the base of the American Eagle Lift.

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