This last snow storm was a quick hitter, but it provided a substantial and much needed layer of snow to help the Colorado ski areas that are open expand their terrain offerings while giving those preparing to open next week an additional base with which to work. Click here for the full list of Colorado ski areas and their opening dates.
There are three ski areas currently open: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Wolf Creek. As it stands this morning, Arapahoe Basin has two blue runs open accessed from the Black Mountain Express – High Noon and Ramrod – plus the High Divide terrain park.
Loveland recently added blues Spillway and Lower Richards to green runs Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. Though listed as two runs, Spillway and Lower Richards connect to form one long top-to-bottom run from the top of Chair 1.
Wolf Creek will open again this weekend, including Halloween Day on Monday, with three lifts serving about 50 percent of the mountain. Step Bowl, Alberta Peak and Montezuma Bowl over to Prospector Ridge will be open for expert skiers and riders, in addition to beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.
So far, Wolf Creek is the only in-bounds spot in the state where you can ski green to double-black. And, it’s the best early-season deal in the state at $33 for adults and $19 for kids and seniors. Ski school, ski and snowboard rentals, the Wolf Creek Lodge and the Pathfinder Bar will all be open for the three-day weekend. Then, the area will close until the following weekend, Nov. 5-6, when Wolf Creek will open full-time, seven days a week. When it does, lift ticket prices will go up to $54 for adults and $29 for kids and seniors.
If you’re headed up early this morning, look out for ice. Since the roads stayed mainly wet yesterday, even in the mountains and despite the amount of snow that accumulated, they froze overnight. It gets the worse the higher you go and Loveland Pass is closed as of this writing. Check www.cotrip.com before you go up if you’re planning on driving over the pass to Arapahoe Basin.
It’s supposed to be clear, sunny and relatively warm (highs in the low 30s) in Colorado mountain locations through the weekend and into early next week. The next chance for snow is supposedly Tuesday, but we’ll see how that pans out since it’s currently listed by the National Weather Service as a “slight” chance.
More terrain should open up at A-Basin and Loveland for the weekend, and it’s possible that Wolf Creek will open more than the 50 percent it’s projected to open for the weekend. Check back here tomorrow for a terrain update. Here are the 24-hour and 48-hour snow totals, in that order…
Arapahoe Basin: 4”, 12”
Loveland: 6”, 20”
Wolf Creek: 12”, 22”