Young skiers and an instructor ride the covered,Ranger magic carpet ride on Dercum Mountain at the Keystone Resort on April 05, 2016. (Andy Cross,The Denver Post)
Breckenridge and Keystone ski areas pushed up Friday’s 2018 openings to Wednesday, marking the first time in 10 years that the two have opened early, according to a release out Monday.
Eldora will also be running its first lifts Wednesday, nine days ahead of schedule, and its earliest opening in more than two decades. The Nederland ski area will be the first Ikon Pass resort to open. Meanwhile, Ski Cooper moved up its opening to Nov. 23.
A mix of consistent snowmaking and lots of natural snow helped move up the dates. Five feet of snow fell across Breck and Keystone resorts since mid-October, four of which were in the past week. Eldora saw more than three feet since Oct. 8.
Breckenridge will open its Colorado SuperChair and Rip’s Ride lifts at 9 a.m., although the BreckConnect Gondola that provides access from the town to Peak 8 will open at 8 a.m. Keystone will open its River Run Gondola and Montezuma Express Chairlift that offer access to beginner trails Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon, as well as an early season A51 Terrain Park. North Peak will open Friday.
On Wednesday, Breck riders can grab complimentary waffles from The Waffle Shop, a new on-mountain dining option opening at The Maggie on Peak 9. Keystone will have breakfast treats, hot chocolate and coffee
Eldora’s high-speed, six-person Alpenglow chairlift will begin running at 9 a.m., opening up access to intermediate terrain, including La Belle, Hornblower and International Trails runs. Beginner trails, uphill and the Nordic Center will not be open.