Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Claims Title as First Ski Resort in Nation to Open for 2014 Season

Exultation as Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, again takes claim to the title as first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2014-15 season (Jack Dempsey).

Exultation as Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, again takes claim to the title as first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2014-15 season (Jack Dempsey).

Denver, Colo. – October 17, 2014 – Colorado’s 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon run for their first turns of the year.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures to commence their winter operations over the past several weeks. Copper Mountain began making snow on the evening of Monday, September 29, and in addition to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, and Telluride Ski Resort have made snow since then as well. Ideal snowmaking conditions and recent natural snowfall at high elevation allowed Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly Race to Open for the third consecutive year.

Following a record year for skier visits in Colorado, and a summer of major upgrades and improvements at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, Arapahoe Basin’s opening has skiers and riders looking forward to the season ahead. “Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, snowmakers and groomers have been working diligently to deliver a memorable Opening Day, and we’re thrilled to see our guests enjoy their first day of the season”, said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills.

Colorado’s ski areas are aiming to build on last year’s successful season with capital improvements, program upgrades, and new technology. “As always, Colorado resorts are focused on delivering a great guest experience”, continued Mills. “From innovative instructional programs and award-winning dining facilities to groundbreaking smartphone apps and multi-mountain pass products, our resorts’ ongoing dedication to quality, safety, and value is what keeps visitors coming back to Colorado season after season.”

The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring, giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

Here are the scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts (subject to change):

Listed By Resort Name:

Arapahoe Basin:                                  Mid-October 2014 – Early June 2015

Aspen Highlands:                               December 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Aspen Mountain:                                November 27, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Buttermilk:                                          December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Copper Mountain:                               October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Crested Butte:                                      November 26, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Eldora:                                                   Mid-November, 2014 – Mid-April, 2015

Howelsen Hill:                                     Late November 2014 – Mid March 2015

Loveland:                                              Mid-October 2014 – Early May 2015

Monarch Mountain:                           November 26, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Powderhorn:                                        December 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Purgatory:                                           November 28, 2014 – Late March, 2015

Silverton:                                             December 20, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Cooper:                                           December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Granby Ranch:                            Mid-December, 2014 – Early April, 2015

Snowmass:                                           November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Steamboat:                                           November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Sunlight:                                               December 5, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Telluride:                                              November 27, 2014 – April 15, 2015

Winter Park:                                        November 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Wolf Creek:                                           November 7, 2014 – April 5, 2015


Listed By Open Date:

Mid October:                                         Arapahoe Basin, Loveland

October 31:                                            Copper Mountain

November 7:                                         Wolf Creek

November 12:                                       Winter Park

Mid-November:                                    Eldora

November 26:                                       Crested Butte, Monarch

November 27:                                       Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride

November 28:                                       Purgatory

Late November:                                    Howelsen Hill

December 5:                                         Sunlight

December 11:                                       Powderhorn

December 13                                        Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 14:                                       Aspen Highlands,

Mid-December:                                    Ski Granby Ranch

December 20:                                       Silverton


Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at


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