Wolf Creek will open for skiing first – here’s when other Colorado resorts plan to open


DENVER – Wolf Creek Ski Area announced its opening on Saturday, the first resort in Colorado to open for the next ski season.

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

This is the second year in a row that Wolf Creek will be the first resort in Colorado to open.

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

Here’s when the rest of the stations are planning to open. Note: some resorts and hills may open earlier than expected or later than advertised depending on snow conditions.

  • November 12: Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain
  • November 17: Winter park
  • November 19: Eldora Mountain
  • November 20: Purgatory station and Steamboat ski station
  • November 22: Copper Mountain
  • November 24: Beaver Creek Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • November 25: Silverton Mountain, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass and Telluride Ski Resort
  • November 26: Powderhorn mountain station
  • December 8: Cooper
  • December 10: Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • December 11: Granby Ranch, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk
  • December 17: Mount Kendall Ski Area

Keystone and Arapahoe Basin don’t have official dates set, but are planning to open in October. The Loveland ski area is scheduled to open from mid-October to early November.

Lee’s Ski Hill usually opens around December 20, and the 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 any opening dates.

Copper Mountain has also announced that it will be offering Fast Tracks passes to avoid long ski lift lines starting November 1.


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