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Breckenridge and Keystone opening early

Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 17:47:04-05
Peak 6 in Breckenridge, CO.
Friends take on Peak 6 in Breckenridge, CO captured by Abby Hein

It’s been an incredible early season for most of the ski resorts! In the past week, up to four feet of snow has fallen at Breckenridge and Keystone. That puts the early season totals at more than five feet!

So much snow has fallen that both Breckenridge and Keystone both will be opening early this week! The new opening date, previously November 9th, is now set for 9 am Wednesday the 7th!

Peak 6 in Breckenridge, CO.
Young and Independents enjoy skiing on Peak 6 in Breckenridge, CO captured by Abby Hein

“This is the first time in nearly 10 years that either Breckenridge or Keystone will be opening early,” says John Buhler, Breckenridge’s vice president and chief operating officer. “It’s been a snowy start to the season and it is official; the skiing and snowboarding season is here. We are thrilled to kick off the winter season this week and anticipate opening up a variety of terrain quickly at the resorts.”

At Breckenridge, skiers and riders will have skiing and riding via the Colorado SuperChair and Rip’s Ride, and terrain updates will continue to be made throughout the week. Lifts open at 9 a.m. while the BreckConnect Gondola, providing access from town to Peak 8, will open at 8 a.m. To celebrate opening on Wednesday, guests can enjoy complimentary waffles provided by The Waffle Shop (a new on-mountain dining offering that will open this season at The Maggie on Peak 9), and DJ DC spinning music on the snow.

Keystone will offer skiing and riding on beginner trails Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon, with access provided by the River Run Gondola and the Montezuma Express Chairlift. There will be an early season A51 Terrain Park located on Schoolmarm with eight features. Keystone will begin the season welcoming skiers and snowboarders with homemade breakfast treat from Keystone’s new executive pastry chef, as well as hot chocolate and coffee at the base of River Run Gondola.