Huge snows have created high hopes for a snowy season in Colorado. A good sign is that Vail and Steamboat each opened with around 1,000 acres. David Roth at Copper Mountain says the resort is experiencing some of the best early season conditions in recent memory.
"Hopefully, this is a sign that the rest of the season will also be amazing. After a sub-par season in terms of natural snowfall last year, we are ready for a huge season of snow. Copper has reached almost 25 percent of its season average, and it is still early season!"
Keystone is around the corner in Summit County. Keystone has had so much snow that The Outback opened nearly a week earlier than normal. The earliest opening since 1991 was Thanksgiving in 2002. Opening day last season was Dec. 22 when only a handful of trails were available. North Peak was able to open over Thanksgiving, doubling Keystone's skiable acreage. Ryan Whaley with Keystone, says, "These are some of the best early season conditions we've seen at Keystone in few years and we are hoping for a great snow year in Summit County." Keystone is celebrating its 40th year this season.
Winter Park has offered skiing for 71 years, and is also enjoying early season snow. The first day of the season opened with powder to packed powder conditions. with Winter Park's Mistalynn Lee says they couldn't ask for better early season conditions. "Everyone around the base area and on the mountain was all smiles- staff, guests, kids, and dogs loved the fresh snow and afternoon sunshine. We hope this is the beginning of a long, snowy and successful season."
Steamboat has received plenty of powder, racking up nearly 4.5 feet in the first half of November. "Big snow is something we're used to here in Steamboat, the home of Champagne Powder snow," said Rob Perlman with the mountain. "The snow will be here all season. The snow is a great reminder for powder hound guests to book their winter vacation now."
"Meteorologists are calling for a La Niña weather cycle this winter, which bodes very well for Steamboat," said Doug Allen, the resort's vice president of mountain operations. "The last La Niña took place during the winter of 2007/08, when the Steamboat Ski Area recorded 489 inches of snow at mid-mountain before it was all said and done. In addition, the resort is currently tracking very similarly to the start of "Big Snow" year 1996/97 where we saw 52.75 inches of snow through the first 19 days compared to 52" this season."