Summit County Ski Resorts Snow and Terrain Update

The heavy snowfall has led to new terrain openings at local ski areas. With several more inches of snow being reported on Thursday morning, Jan. 18, ski patrol teams are working around the clock to drop ropes to even more powder-filled ski runs.

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Copper opens runs in Spaulding and Copper Bowls

On Thursday morning, Copper Mountain Resort reported another foot of snow, bringing the resort’s snow totals to 42 inches over the last seven days and 61 inches so far this month.

Copper opened several runs in Spaulding Bowl on Wednesday, including So Fine, Atlantic Cornice and Pacific Cornice. Over in Copper Bowl, Copper recently opened Julie’s Vision, Golden Crest, and Six Shooter.

“There is a lot of snow out there, and more terrain is expected to open over the next week as storms clear and patrol can prepare trails for public,” senior communications manager Loryn Roberson said.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, Copper will open the Peace Park terrain park and will also be hosting a party in celebration of the park opening on Sunday, Jan. 21. Guests can enjoy music from a live DJ, swag giveaways and an after party at Slice Slide in Center Village.

The event is free to attend and is presented by Mountain Dew. More information can be found at CopperColorado.co

Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo
A snowboarder enjoys the powder while at Copper Mountain Resort on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo

Breckenridge opens Freeway terrain park, begins assessing Imperial Bowl

Seeing 40 inches of snow across Breckenridge Ski Resort’s five peaks over the last week, the ski area is cruising into the weekend with over 2,050 acres of jaw-dropping skiing and riding conditions.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Breckenridge’s terrain park crews officially opened up access to the resort’s largest terrain park — Freeway — located on Peak 8. The terrain park features an 18-foot halfpipe, a large jumpline and seven rails. Freeway can be easily lapped with the upgraded Five Superchair and the parks team plans to add more rails and features as the season progresses.

Breckenridge opened half of Wonderland on Peak 6 and The Windows on Peak 9 sometime during the day on Thursday.

According to Senior Specialist in Communications Sarah McLear, Breckenridge has begun assessing Imperial Bowl and the resort’s hike-to terrain after the most recent storm spanning from Wednesday night through Thursday.

“Snow safety work is a huge priority for our patrol team, and they are taking the time necessary to make sure they get it right,” McLear said. “Stay tuned for more updates on the remainder of our high Alpine terrain, soon.”

Katie Young/Keystone Resort
A group of skiers and riders celebrate the fresh snow at Keystone Resort on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Katie Young/Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort prepares to open Erickson Bowl and Starfire trail

Keystone Resort has seen over 34 inches of snow over the past week, which has led to incredible skiing and riding on all three of the resort’s peaks.

“We all expected great snowfall last weekend, but some of this week’s storms exceeded even our own expectations,” Communications Manager Max Winter said.

The significant snowfall led to a handful of new trail openings across the resort, including Mineshaft and Ballhooter on Dercum Mountain. Additionally, Keystone saw the return of Foxtrot, a mellow scenic blue trail off the backside of North Peak that was reintroduced to the ski area with the opening of the Bergman Express lift.

Over the next couple days, Keystone will focus on opening up Erickson Bowl. According to Winter, Keystone is on target to see the bowl open over the next few days.

Keystone recommends that the public keeps an eye out for an official Erickson Bowl opening announcement on the resort’s social media channels this weekend.

Starfire — one of Keystone’s most anticipated openings every season — is also expected to come online this weekend after loads of work from the resort’s mountain operations teams.

Lucas Herbert/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A skier swallows a mouth full of powder while enjoying a day of skiing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on Monday, Jan. 15.
Lucas Herbert/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

A-Basin unlocks more terrain off of The Beavers and Pallavicini lifts

According to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Communications Manager Shayna Silverman, the recent string of winter storms gave way to some of the best powder days A-Basin has ever had. The powder days ultimately fueled more terrain openings at the ski area with the slopes seeing 8 inches of new snow as of Thursday morning.

A-Basin’s ski patrol teams have been busy in The Beavers looking to open up more — if not all — of the terrain offerings in the area by this weekend. Additionally, A-Basin hopes to have almost all of its terrain off of the Pallavicini lift open this weekend. 

Boosting its percent of acreage open to 40%, A-Basin will now look to open Montezuma Bowl. A-Basin currently has two snowcats back in the bowl and is making progress toward getting the area ready for the public.


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Loveland to start spinning Lift 4 Friday 

Loveland Ski Area also enjoyed the influx of new snowfall. The ski area opened up some more expert terrain off of Chet’s Dream over the last week with trails including Cat’s Meow, Tiger’s Tail, Busy Gully and Holy Cat.

The ski area also introduced some intermediate trails off of Ptarmigan, including Poma Line, South Chutes and Tomahawk. 

Seeing seven inches of snow on Thursday morning, Loveland plans to open Lift 4 on Friday, Jan. 19. Lift 4 will be open to the top with access to all of the trails off of the lift except No. 4 Headwall and West Ropes.

With the addition of Lift 4, Loveland gives guests access to eight lifts, 56 trails and 805 acres. Additionally, Loveland has 100% of its beginner terrain, 66% of its most difficult terrain and 21% of its most difficult terrain currently open.

This article was written by Cody Jones for Summit Daily 

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