Journal-Advocate (Sterling)

Three Colorado ski resorts open Saturday, four more next week

Steamboat will offer the most terrain on an opening day since 2014

- By John Meyer

Colorado skiers and snowboarde­rs will be giving thanks aplenty for ample snow at many Colorado resorts during Thanksgivi­ng week.

Aspen, Snowmass and Purgatory will open Saturday, and at least four more resorts will open next week, bringing the number of open ski areas in the state to 16. Many have received significan­t snowfall, while cold temperatur­es have made for productive snowmaking operations.

Beaver Creek, which has received more than 50 inches of natural snow, opens two days ahead of schedule on Monday with more than 200 acres, two lifts and a gondola in operation. Steamboat will open Wednesday

with its largest openingday terrain offering since 2014, nearly 100 acres on 17 trails. Steamboat has received nearly five feet of natural snow.

Crested Butte also will open on Wednesday and Telluride will open next Saturday, two days later than originally scheduled.

Thursday’s storm blessed Eldora with nine inches of new snow, while Winter Park and Steamboat received eight.

There is little chance of significan­t snow next week, according to Joel Gratz, founding meteorolog­ist for the Opensnow reporting and forecastin­g service.

“Early next week will be dry and warmer with high temperatur­es in the 30s,” Gratz wrote in Friday’s forecast. “Our next chance for light snow will be around Wednesday and Thursday. We could get anything from zero inches to maybe light snow totals, if the storm happens to track closer to Colorado, but my expectatio­ns are very low.”

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