First Resorts in USA Open

Wolf Creek is first out of the blocks and opened on Saturday 16th. On Sunday Arapahoe Basin followed suit. Loveland and Keystone in Colorado have also been snow making but say they will open later in the month. UPDATED

Wolf Creek opened at the weekend with Treasure Stoke (detachable quad), Nova (beginner double chairlift) and the Lynx (beginner conveyer lift) all open.

The slopes will be closed during this week and will then open again next weekend.

The resort said “conditions are very early season with unmarked obstacles.”

“Guests can enjoy the hard work of Wolf Creek’s key employees who have been moving snow and shoveling to make this early season opening happen,” it added.

Trails open from top to bottom are Tranquility, Treasure, Navajo Trail, and Summer Days.

Other partial trails that are available include: Bonanza Road, Powder Puff and Charisma.

It was a fun day in Arapahoe Basin on Sunday as it opened for the season.

It will not be closing this week so A-Basin is the first resort in the USA to open continually as dawn breaks on the season of 2021/22.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

At 8:30 a.m. the Black Mountain Express lift began delivering skiers and riders to the intermediate High Noon trail with an 18-inch base of packed powder.

“Opening day of the ski season is always an exciting event with smiling skiers and riders back on the slopes” said the President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country, Melanie Mills.

“This year has a great vibe already with anticipation building for a big winter at ski areas across the state.”

Arapahoe Basin made its announcement of a Sunday opening on social media last week.

Keystone offerred its congratulations to the resorts able to open.

Loveland was also in the battle, but has bowed out.

The openings come as the White House has announced a significant easing of the border rules for international visitors in early November.

Significant snowfall and cold temperatures over the last week have allowed ski areas across Colroado to begin to make snow in advance of the season.

“Ski areas are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the slopes this winter with a return to a more normal skiing and riding season,” Colorado Ski Country, USA.

Ski areas and Colorado Ski Country will release additional COVID-19 information for the 2021-22 season as appropriate as the season approaches and progresses.

People are encouraged to check ski area websites and other channels for the most up to date information on what to expect during their visit.

Guests may also visit www.coloradoski.com/covid-19 for tips and information from ski areas across the state.

Winter is around the corner folks!