When the yellow leaves of the aspen trees heavily hang with a layer of snow, you know that Fall is on the way out and old man winter is knocking on the door. The first real snow of the season swept through Summit County Wednesday night covering the mountains with a layer of snow that still hasn't melted two days later. It’s hard not to get excited for the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season with the sight of Breckenridge Resort’s ski runs covered in snow. Arapahoe Basin, Copper, and Loveland are all starting to make snow, thanks to the recent dropping of the temperature. Are you ready for the season yet? Here are some quick tips to help you be ready for opening day!
Wondering what the opening day for Summit County’s local ski resorts is? Here are each resort’s tentative opening days:
- Breckenridge: November 11, 2016
- Copper Mountain: November 11, 2016
- Keystone: November 4, 2016
- Arapahoe Basin: Mid-October, depending on snow totals
- Loveland: Mid-October, depending on snow totals
- Winter Park: November 16, 2016
Get Tuned Up
Do you have your skis or snowboard tuned up yet? Click the link below for some great coupons to get your setup ready to go for the 2016 season!
Getting Ski Passes
Have you bought your ski pass yet? Whether you are buying a season pass, a four-pack, or a day pass it’s always better to buy early to save money. If you are looking to buy a season pass, check out snow.com to find all of the season pass options for Summit County’s local mountains. If you are looking to buy day passes for any of the resorts just check out their individual websites for more information.
2016 Snow Forecast
El Nino is out and La Nina is in! Last year’s El Nino weather pattern provided a good snow year for Colorado with most of the state reporting above average snow totals. This year’s forecasted La Nina weather pattern should focus most of the heavier snowfall on the northern half of the country, according to NOAA’s long range forecast for the 2016-2017 winter season. That is neither good news or bad news for ski area’s along the I70 corridor. Average snowfalls are expected for the 2016-2017 winter season according to the Farmer’s Almanac, however there is always a potential for a good snow year. Keep your fingers crossed for some epic powder days this season and make sure to follow Joel Gratz at OpenSnow.com for updates on snow totals and forecasts this season!
Looking for a base camp this year? Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties services Summit, Grand, and Eagle Counties with a large inventory of ski-in/ski-out Condos and homes for sale in every ski resort town along the I70 Corridor. Whether your looking for Vail Real Estate, Breckenridge Real Estate, or Winter Park Real Estate, we have available properties and the most experienced real estate brokers to help you find the perfect mountain getaway!
By Reid Tulley
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties