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Arapahoe Basin opens for the season; when do other resorts anticipate opening?

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Oct 17, 2021

DENVER — Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2021-22 ski season on Sunday.

Black Mountain Express began running at 8:30 a.m. to serve the High Noon run.

Jason Schmul was one of the first to hit the slopes after the ski area opened Sunday. He said he camped out overnight to be one of the first on the mountain.

"It's the legend of it, being here at A-basin," Schmul said. "It's a family thing. Everybody knows each other. It's tradition. It's really nice to be back this year and kicking it off again, and it feels normal again."

Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s chief operating officer, said in an announcement Friday it’s possible they’ll also have a few features in the Banana Terrain Park.

Uphill access, which requires a pass, will not open immediately, and the resort will make an announcement when it is safe to open.

Here’s when the rest of the resorts anticipate opening. Note: Some resorts and hills may open sooner than expected or later than announced depending on snow conditions.

  • Oct. 21: Keystone
  • Nov. 12: Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain
  • Nov. 17: Winter Park Resort
  • Nov. 19: Eldora Mountain
  • Nov. 20: Purgatory Resort and Steamboat Ski Resort
  • Nov. 22: Copper Mountain
  • Nov. 24: Beaver Creek Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • Nov. 25: Silverton Mountain, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass and Telluride Ski Resort
  • Nov. 26: Powderhorn Mountain Resort
  • Dec. 8: Cooper
  • Dec. 10: Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • Dec. 11: Granby Ranch, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk
  • Dec. 17: Kendall Mountain Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area is anticipating a mid-October to early-November opening.

Lee’s Ski Hill typically opens around Dec. 20, and Chapman Hill Ski Area usually opens in December.

Monarch Mountain, Echo Mountain, Howelsen Hill Ski Area, Lake City Ski Hill, Cranor Ski Hill and Hesperus Ski Area have not announced opening dates.