The Ski Season Has Come Early This Year


The runs look promising for everybody on the chair lift.

Snow is starting to fall in the ski resort area, and many are excited about early resort openings this coming season. 

This year so far has seen large amounts of snowfall at the resorts, causing Keystone, Breckenridge and many others to open their doors early this year for skiers and snowboarders.

“This season, I’m most excited to just get out and enjoy what Colorado’s resorts have to offer for this coming season,” said sophomore Chance Alger.

In the past month, summit county has gotten an average of 18 inches of snow so far, according to the Coloradoan.

The amount of snowfall Colorado has received in the past couple of months is enough to create a few runs for the students and staff who crave an early season snow rush.

“This year, I’m excited about the early snow because this is the earliest that places have opened in a while,” said science teacher Maria Martinez.

When resorts open this early, they usually end up blowing, or making, more snow to keep runs open because this early into the season snow isn’t as constant as later in winter.

Opening early gets the resorts prepared for the possible rushes they will get later in the season and it also prepares the lift operators and patrols alike because they can practice in a less-populated area.

At Keystone, part of the terrain park is open for those who are looking for more than just trails, which gets many season skiers hyped up for skiing and snowboarding.

“I enjoy trails more than terrain parks because it’s less chaotic and you can take your time,” said Martinez.

While Keystone already has part of their terrain park open, Breckenridge has not yet opened any of their terrain parks yet because they have not received enough snow.

“This year, I’ll be changing the way I go to resorts, and I’ll start going to terrain parks more and improve…[the] tricks I can do,” said Alger.

As the season goes on, access to back-country skiing will become available to those looking for a more self-guided way to explore the mountains.

“While I enjoy the terrain park, I think I’ll enjoy back-country just as much because of the powder we’ll be getting this season,” said junior Tiger Johnson.

“I think we are starting out this season well and so far this season we are getting decent snow, so I do believe we will be getting amazing snowfall this season,” said sophomore Brendon Young.

Many students and teachers are excited about the resort opening and are looking forward to this year’s prospects.