Snowmaking continues at Buttermilk on Thursday morning. Skico says snowmaking is complete at Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands but still needed for features at Snowmass and Buttermilk. (Photo by Anna Stonehouse, The Aspen Times)
Most Colorado ski areas have reported significant snowfall this week. At midday Friday, snow was falling at almost all Colorado resorts, with many resorts able to open substantially more terrain just in time for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.
“We have received 4 inches in the last 24 hours, and it is dumping big-time currently,” Eldora’s Michel Tapia reported in an email to The Denver Post this morning. “Lots of areas are very deep!”
Monarch’s Dan Bender said the recent bounty enabled his resort to operate 52 of its 54 lifts, serving 92 percent of the mountain’s skiable terrain.
“We have received over 6 inches since 3 this morning,” Bender said, “and it is snowing hard at the moment.”
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported large avalanches in the central mountains and northern peaks of the San Juan Range.
Here is a list of some notable terrain expansions reported by Colorado resort operators this morning:
Steamboat: After receiving more than 14 inches since Wednesday, Steamboat went from 79 percent open to more than 95 percent this weekend. “We’re just a handful of trails away from being 100 percent open,” reported spokesman Loryn Kasten. www.steamboat.com
Vail: Having received 15 inches in the past week, portions of the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin will open on Saturday. Vail will be offering top-to-bottom skiing on 109 trails across more than 1,400 acres served by 20 lifts. www.vail.com
Breckenridge: With 16 inches of new snow this week, Peak 6 opens this weekend, meaning all five peaks will be in operation. www.breckenridge.com
Copper Mountain: At midweek, Copper was at 1,000 acres. Today, it’s up to 1,400, including Union Peak, and more will be coming soon. www.coppercolorado.com
Arapahoe Basin: Montezuma Bowl on the backside of the mountain will open Saturday. www.arapahoebasin.com
Snowmass: The area added 12 trails on Thursday, bringing its total to 47. www.aspensnowmass.com
Aspen mountains: Tiehack opened at Buttermilk, the Face of Bell opened on Aspen Mountain, and Aspen Highlands opened Deep Temerity. www.aspensnowmass.com
Sunlight: After receiving more than a foot of snow over the past week, Sunlight opened the third of its three lifts and its terrain offering went from about 30 percent to more than 70 percent. sunlightmtn.com