Unseasonably Warm Weather Delays Opening of Summit County Ski Resorts
Posted by: admin November 5th, 2014
Unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout the Summit County region this past month has caused opening delays to most of Summit County’s ski resorts. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone all had to postpone their opening days due to a lack of snowfall and warm weather hindering their snowmaking efforts. Here is what you can expect from the three world-class resorts:
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Originally planned to open on Friday, November 7th, Breckenridge was initially confident with their projected opening early on in October, but according to the website, “our expert team and superior snowmaking infrastructure has been no match for the unusual weather pattern we’ve seen recently.”
Breckenridge Vice President of Mountain Operations Gary Shimanowitz said in a statement, “While we have been very optimistic about snowmaking efforts for Friday, warmer temperatures this week have slowed our efforts.”
It shouldn’t take long to announce an opening date, though, as the resort plans to reschedule opening day as soon as snow conditions and weather allow. Breckenridge will be providing daily updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages, or you can visit Breckenridge.com/2014OpeningDay for an announcement on a revised opening early next week.
Initially scheduled to open on Halloween, Copper Mountain also had to delay its opening day, but is still planning to open Friday, November 7th with 59 acres of open terrain to explore. The 1st chair celebration is happening at Center Village at 9am.
Copper will showcase top-to-bottom skiing on Ptarmigan via Excelerator lift as well as on Rhapsody and Main Vein via the American Eagle lift. Easy Rider will also be open for beginner terrain.
Just like its neighbor to the west, Keystone Resort was forced to delay its 44th opening day from Halloween to Friday, November 7th at 9:00am. Keystone will be making a party out of it with tons of giveaways, contents, free donuts and DJs spinning. Even better, the first 200 in line will receive free Nature Valley Breakfast Bars, complimentary hot chocolate and donuts (8-10am), Starbucks mugs and coffee cards, as well as awesome giveaways with Keystone apparel and winter sports equipment to every guest in line from 8-10am!
According to Keystone’s website, “Our snowmakers capitalized on cooler temps & were aided by 5” of natural snowfall over the past week.” You may be asking why Keystone has been able to make snow, but the sister resort Breckenridge was not? Well, the short answer is that the weather in the mountains can fluctuate tremendously, even in areas in close proximity. There is just no rhyme or reason for it, even just miles away.
Besides the fact that all three resorts are opening late, they all have one other thing in common – their proximity to the Frisco Lodge. Our Frisco lodging is located within minutes from all three and is truly your Rocky Mountain hub for your next ski excursion.
So, what can you do to improve these early season conditions? We’ve heard it all, things like putting your trail maps in the freezer, having a bonfire with old skis, praying to the Norwegian God of snow (Ullr), wearing you PJ’s inside out, and doing a snow dance. Whatever you choose to do, one thing is for sure … the Frisco Lodge is truly your home away from home.