Ski season starts Friday at three Summit County mountains
Summit County correspondent
Summit County, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have been open for a couple of weeks, but when the big three of Copper, Keystone and Breck start up their lifts, it sets a whole new tone for ski season in Colorado, said Precision Ski owner Jim Deines.
“It starts the season for another whole group of skiers,” Deines said, adding that he’s already seen some brisk business at his Frisco shop from racers training at Copper.
“I’ll probably wait until there’s a little more terrain open. I’m a quality guy,” said Deines, a Copper passholder.
The big news at Keystone is the upgraded River Run gondola, with a relocated base closer to the village and a midway unloading station. A ribbon-cutting is planned for 8:30 a.m. Friday, and the mountain will open for skiing at 9 a.m.
Breckenridge will open the Colorado SuperChair on Peak 8 at 9 a.m. with top-to-bottom skiing on the Springmeier trail. The traditional opening-day pancake breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on the deck of the Bergenhof.
In years past, the resort traditionally has opened on Peak 9 first.
“Opening Peak 8 first this year gives our mountain operations team every advantage to prepare the mountain and venue for our largest event ever, the AST Winter Dew Tour,” said Breckenridge spokeswoman Kristen Pettit.
The Dec. 18-21 event features freeskiing and snowboarding.
Skiers won’t be able to park or even drop off skiers at the base of Peak 8 this year because of construction in the area.
“We encourage skiers and riders to use the BreckConnect Gondola to access the Peak 8 Base,” Pettit said. “When construction is complete, we anticipate approximately 200 parking spaces will be available to the public.”
Copper moved up its opening day a week and is also set to open Friday, as well, with skiing on the Main Vein trail.