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HERE’S WHEN EVERY SKI SPOT NEAR DENVER OPENS THIS SEASON

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HILLARY BENNETTS

NOV 1, 2019

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One of the (many) amazing things about living in Colorado is that no matter the season, there are tons of opportunities to be active outside. Don’t be bummed that hiking season is winding down and runs and bike rides will soon require many more layers. Why? Because snow is already hitting the mountains!

We’ve compiled a complete list of opening days and festivities by resort, so get those skis and boards out of storage and start planning your season. Access might be limited in the early season, so make sure you check the websites to find out which lifts and runs are open. Oh, and make sure your car is ready for new traction laws in effect on I-70!

Opening Day: Friday, November 15

Opening Day Festivities: No specific scoop yet, but stay tuned! If past years are any indication, we’re thinking there’ll be breakfast burritos, music, and probably some swag. Vail amped it up this season too — get excited for some new runs and updates to their snowmaking process that should grant you access to more terrain earlier than prior years!

Passes: Epic, Epic Local

Opening Day: Wednesday, November 27

Opening Day Festivities: Fuel up for your first runs at the 15th annual chocolate chip cookie competition. Just be there right at 2pm — the cookies go fast! The opening day party also includes live music and chances at free swag.

Passes: Epic, Epic Local

Opening Day: Wednesday, November 8

Opening Day Festivities: Stay tuned for the scoop on all the fun of opening day, and if you want a sneak peek, check out the fun from last year’s opening day!

Passes: Epic, Epic Local, Epic Summit Value

Opening Day: Friday, November 8

Opening Day Festivities: After you race for first chair, stick around for live music and lots of excitement all weekend long! There’s some expensive new fun at Copper this year, too. As part of a $100 million multi-year transformation, this season will debut the new Three Bears lift that opens up 273 acres on Tucker Mountain that were previously only accessible by snowcat or hiking. Copper is also introducing Woodward Peace Park, a fun and fancy terrain park open to all.

Passes: Ikon, Ikon Base

Opening Day: Saturday, November 2

Opening Day Festivities: Get in your first runs of the season while you hydrate with $1 Coors Light draft beers all day long.

Passes: Ikon, Ikon Base

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Opening Day: Wednesday, November 15

Opening Day Festivities: True to Eldora style, they open without much fanfare, but stay tuned for any updates. Enjoy the quick drive, easy parking, and plenty of snow to get you warmed up for the season. And if you haven’t been in a while, give Eldora another look — they’ve gotten some serious updates over the last few years.

Passes: Ikon, Ikon Base

Opening Day: Wednesday, November 23

Opening Day Festivities: We’re still waiting on details for this year, but you can keep up with the updates on their site. Last year saw free Korbel mimosas and champagne powder donuts, so it’s worth checking back…

Passes: Ikon, Ikon Base

Opening Day: Wednesday, November 27

Opening Day Festivities: Crested Butte always opens on Thanksgiving, and they used to open a day early for a $15 donation, but this year they’re doing things a little differently. The mountain will be open to anyone on Wednesday for a Community Giving Celebration. There’ll be opportunities to support local youth in snow sports through donations that will be matched by Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation.

Passes: Epic, Epic Local, Keystone-Crested Butte 4 Pack (new!)

Opening Day: Saturday, November 28

Opening Day Festivities: Aspen traditionally opens with a season kick-off classic in Snowmass Base Village, where some legit skiers and snowboarders throw down to get you amped up for the upcoming season. Aspen is also hosting the X Games again this January!

Passes: Aspen/Snowmass, The Mountain Collective, Ikon, Ikon Base

Opening Day: Saturday, October 12

Opening Day Festivities: Thanks to a dumping of October snow and the magic of snowmaking, Keystone opened early this year!

Passes: Epic Local, Epic Summit Value, Keystone-Crested Butte 4 Pack (new!)

Opening Day: Friday, October 11

Opening Day Festivities: Once A-Basin heard that Keystone was planning to open, they doubled down and opened that same day to earn the honor of first ski resort in North America to open for the 2019/20 season.

Passes: Ikon, Ikon Base, Mountain Collective (new!)

Opening Day: TBD, aiming for October

Opening Day Festivities: Nothing planned yet, but check out their 2018/19 opening day if you’re looking to get excited!

Passes: Loveland

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