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Breck, Keystone open new terrain

Nicole Formosa
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Despite the recent warm weather and lack of snowfall, Arapahoe Basin has top-to-bottom skiing with six trails open on an 18-inch midway base. (Contributed photo)

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Even though Mother Nature is holding out so far this season, colder nighttime temperatures have allowed Colorado’s ski resorts to make up some of the slack with snow guns.

At the same time, a handful of ski areas across the state have delayed their respective openings until more snow falls.

Breckenridge Ski Resort is planning to open Bonanza ” an intermediate run serviced by the Beaver Run SuperChair ” this weekend, bringing the total open terrain there to 85 acres.

Next week, the resort will open more trails and lifts on Peak 9 in time for the typically busy Thanksgiving weekend, according to a press release from Vail Resorts, the parent company of Breckenridge and Keystone.

Also starting this weekend, Keystone will provide top-to-bottom skiing and riding starting with Schoolmarm and merging with the intermediate River Run trail to take skiers and riders back to the base area. Beginners can still download on the River Run gondola.

The resort plans to open its second base area, Mountain House, by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Arapahoe Basin has opened the Molly Hogan beginner slope, along with the High Noon, Lenawee Face, Ramrod and Dercum’s Gulch runs.

Copper Mountain Resort plans to open the American Flyer lift Friday with service to the High Point and Loverly trails, which will boost the mountain’s open terrain to 151 acres.

The lack of early season snow has caused several ski resorts statewide to delay openings in anticipation of a better base depth once the snow starts falling.

This, week, Vail Mountain pushed back its opening from Friday to Wednesday because of dry weather. Steamboat delayed its opening day until Nov. 30. Winter Park Resort managed to open last Wednesday with a 14-inch base.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort near Gunnison opens Friday. The mountain has brought back its Ski Free program, offering free lift tickets ” no strings attached ” from Nov. 25 to Dec. 15.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a chance of snow on Tuesday, and says snow is likely on Wednesday.

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