Storms quicken ski resort openings

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Plenty of snow landed on Colorado’s Rocky Mountains this past week, and Mother Nature’s gift has some ski resorts scrambling to open earlier than usual.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, on the Continental Divide, opened first, and another eight inches has added to their already substantial bases.

In southern Colorado, Wolf Creek has seen 22 inches of snow since Monday. The resort was the third to open, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.

Copper Mountain opened its Green Acres Learning Area on Saturday. And Winter Park is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Many other resorts are scheduled to open just in time for Thanksgiving, and had five to 15 inches from last week’s  snowfall, including Aspen Mountain, which will open Nov. 25, Crested Butte, which will open Nov. 24, Monarch on Nov. 24, Purgatory on Nov. 25, Snowmass on Nov. 25, and Steamboat on Nov. 24.

Other November opening dates include Eldora on Nov. 19, Silverton, which will open with unguided tours in late November, Ski Cooper on Nov. 25, and Telluride on Nov. 25.

The following resorts will open in December, in time for the holiday season:

Aspen Highlands – Dec. 11
Buttermilk – Dec. 11
Echo Mountain – Dec. 1
Howelsen – December, to be announced
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch – Dec. 15
Sunlight – Dec. 3
Powderhorn – Dec. 16