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Wolf Creek to open first for skiing — here's when other Colorado resorts plan to open

Wolf Creek Ski Area will open Oct. 16
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Posted at 9:27 PM, Oct 13, 2021

DENVER — Wolf Creek Ski Area announced it will open Saturday, the first resort in Colorado to open for the upcoming ski season.

Wolf Creek will open the Nova and Lynx lifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17 after the resort received 14 inches of fresh snow.

It’s the second year in a row Wolf Creek will be the first Colorado resort to open.

Several resorts saw fresh powder fall from the winter storm Tuesday, and snowmaking is underway as they gear up for the 2021-2022 ski season.

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. 17: Arapahoe Basin
  • Oct. 21: Keystone
  • Oct. 30: Loveland Ski Area
  • Nov. 12: Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain
  • Nov. 17: Winter Park Resort
  • Nov. 19: Eldora Mountain
  • Nov. 20: Purgatory Resort
  • Nov. 22: Copper Mountain
  • Nov. 24: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • Nov. 25: Silverton Mountain, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass
  • Nov. 27: Steamboat Ski Resort
  • Nov. 29: Beaver Creek
  • Dec. 3: Telluride Ski Resort
  • Dec. 4: Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Howelsen Hill Ski Area
  • Dec. 8: Cooper
  • Dec. 10: Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • Dec. 11: Granby Ranch, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk
  • Dec. 17: Kendall Mountain Ski Area

Echo Mountain is planning for an early December opening day, but tubing is expected to begin Nov. 26. Lee’s Ski Hill typically opens around Dec. 20, and Chapman Hill Ski Area usually opens in December.

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

Copper Mountain also announced it will be offering Fast Tracks passes to skip long lift lines beginning Nov. 1.