Keystone and Copper Mountain ski resorts scheduled to open Friday, Breckenridge tentative |

Keystone and Copper Mountain ski resorts scheduled to open Friday, Breckenridge tentative

Officials at Keystone Resort announced this week that they will open for the season on Friday, Nov. 7.

Copper Mountain Resort will open with limited early-season operations that day as well. Both mountains had originally planned to start their seasons last Friday, Oct. 31, but delayed their openings due to mild weather hindering snowmaking operations.

“We’re excited. Mother Nature is finally letting winter in,” Copper spokeswoman Stephanie Sweeney said. “The snow yesterday definitely helped us out.”

Because of cooler temperatures, staff at Copper were able to run snowmaking equipment continuously on Monday and Tuesday, Sweeney said.

Copper will have top-to-bottom lift service out of Center Village via the American Eagle and Excelerator chairlifts.

Officials at Keystone said they will announce specific terrain offerings on Thursday. The forecast is expected to remain favorable for continued snowmaking operations.

“We’re always excited to get the season underway,” Keystone spokeswoman Laura Parquette said late Wednesday. “The last week has provided some strong temperatures for snowmaking.”

She said Monday night was the resort’s most productive night of snowmaking to date, and that she expected similar conditions overnight Tuesday.

“We’ll certainly look to take advantage of those conditions whenever possible,” she added.

Officials at Breckenridge Ski Resort remain hopeful they can open as scheduled Friday, Nov. 7, but could not confirm that. As of press time they were planning to open Friday. Any change in that schedule is expected to be announced Wednesday via the resort’s website and social media outlets.

“We’re still evaluating our terrain,” Breckenridge communications manager Kristen Petitt Stewart said. “We’ll make an announcement as soon as possible.”

Late snowfall also has hindered U.S. Ski Team operations at Copper. Some team members were able to use portions of the upper mountain last week. The full team is expected to arrive this week to start early-season training.

The team and resort have yet to open the full top-to-bottom U.S. Ski Team Speed Center course, accessible from the Super Bee chair in East Village.

“We’ll know more when Mother Nature cooperates and as snowmaking allows,” Sweeney said.

The resort will host the annual U.S. Ski Team naming ceremony as scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 8. Details on the ceremony are expected to be released later in the week.

The full Alpine team is expected to be on hand for the celebration in the resort’s Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village.

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas are both already open for the winter.

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