Colorado resorts are opening and celebrating snow.
Thanksgiving week was a busy one across the state as some of the biggest Colorado resorts fired up their lifts for the season. Olympic legend Billy Kidd was on the slopes of Steamboat, greeting visitors and enjoying the fresh Champagne Powder® snow on Scholarship Day, which benefits local athletes, with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
“Opening Weekend was fantastic at Steamboat Ski Resort. It’s wonderful to see the excitement everyone has for starting another season, especially the support for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Scholarship Day. Now, the resort is looking forward to what the 2011/12 winter season will bring,” said Loryn Kasten, PR manager for Steamboat.
Olympian Billy Kidd takes some turns under the gondola on Steamboat's Mount Werner. Photo Courtesy Steamboat/Larry Pierce.
Aspen had Tom Turkey taking turns. Aspen Mountain opened with blue skis, soft snow, and 200 acres of skiable terrain. The weekend culminated with the Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races and the best women racers in the world tackling the face of Ajax.
American Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., finishes third in the Giant Slalom. Photo courtesy Jeremy Swanson.
Snowmass opened a week earlier so the locals could really get their game faces on. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Dec. 10. The big news from Buttermilk is the new high-speed quad, which replaces the old Eagle Hill and Upper Tiehack lifts. Ride time is cut down from 18 minutes to under seven.
Winter Park Resort got an early start to the season and is now open top to bottom. Winter Park got things going almost two weeks before Thanksgiving. No word yet on when the Mary Jane side of the mountain will open.
Snowboarders Brad Torchia and Raleigh Cain take a ride with Winter Park Resort photographer, Tana Hoffman.
Loveland keeps expanding its terrain while hosting rail jams, NorAms, and Demo Days. Loveland also has the Flex Ticket, which is Colorado's only flexible four-hour lift ticket. You don’t have to wait for half a day to start. Guests can ski or ride for any four consecutive hours of their choosing, during the regular and late season.