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First Ski Resorts Open In North America

11 Oct 2019, 9:02 pm

Congratulations to two ski resorts in Colorado for opening this Columbus Day weekend.

Midday Friday, Keystone Resort in Colorado announced it would start its lift operations Saturday morning, October 12. The mountain’s representatives said it is going to be the earliest opening date in 20+ years.

Shortly thereafter, nearby Arapahoe Basin announced they were opening today (Friday).

Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2019-2020 ski season around 3:30 p.m. local time Friday. Here’s what it looked like:

Credit: Arapahoe Basin/Ian Zinner
Credit: Arapahoe Basin/Ian Zinner

According to Arapahoe Basin reps, Friday’s opening came just 99 days after the resort closed out the 2018-2019 season and that’s the shortest time between seasons!

Back to nearby Keystone Resort, here’s what it looked like Friday night:

Clear, calm and chilly weather will greet skiers and riders on Saturday morning. Temperatures will be in the teens for the opening of the lifts! Sunshine will warm the mountains up to the 40’s by the afternoon which will feel excellent.

The outlook for Colorado is dry through the holiday weekend with cool nights and warm afternoons. The next snow event could come in as early as Thursday-Friday of this week.

Cover picture credit: Keystone Mountain

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