Wolf Creek 1st to Open for 2021-2022 Season!


Wolf Creek 1st to Open for 2021-2022 Season!

The Race To Open Is Over

It’s happened, almost as fast as the first snow flakes fell. This year’s race to open is over… And the winner is Wolf Creek in Colorado, who kick-started winter on Saturday, October 16th. It was a very close race with Arapahoe Basin right on their tail, opening on Sunday, October 17th after a week of storms brought as much as 16″ of snow across the Rockies.

Wolf Creek had 4 lifts in operation; Treasure Stoke (detachable quad), Bonanza (triple fixed grip), Nova (beginner double chairlift) and the Lynx (beginner conveyor lift).  The slopes will be closed during the week and will reopen next weekend. A-Basin opened with one lift, The Black Mountain Express High Speed Quad, and will remain open daily as long as conditions permit.

Skiers and riders at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado celebrate first chairlifts of the season
No tears for second place, as stoke levels remain high to open the season at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. (Photo courtesy of The Denver Post)

Meanwhile, Back East…

Dreams of getting back on the mountain in the east are nearing reality, as many ski areas have either tested or officially fired up their snowmaking systems to jump start the season. Killington Resort in Vermont is one of those working toward an opening day. According to its Insider Blog, the Beast will fire up the guns anytime there is a stretch of 20 degree temperatures. While no official opening day has been declared just yet, you can bet it’s only a short matter of time. (Weather permitting, of course.)

It’s Not Over Now, Until It’s Over

That’s it. It’s official. It’s ski season! Maybe not everywhere, maybe not for everyone. But it is out there. Skiers and boarders are sliding down snow. Who’s next? Where is next? How much loner will it be? Stay tuned right here to The Snow Report and we will let you know when to lace and buckle those boots. Also be sure to check in with our friends at OpenSnow to find out if wintery weather is just around the corner in your area. Were you one of the lucky Coloradoans to get first turns in this weekend at Wolf Creek or Arapahoe Basin? Let us share in the fun! Tag us in your picture @TheSnowReport on Instagram or post right in our Facebook Group. The ski season is here, and now it’s not over until it’s over!

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