When every Colorado ski area is opening for the 2022-23 season

It may be hard to envision in a week when the mercury has flirted with 100 degrees, but history tells us two or three Colorado ski areas could be making snow a month from now and we could have access to some limited skiing soon after that.

It’s been three decades since Colorado failed to offer skiing in October, according to Denver Post record-keeping, when Loveland and Keystone opened on Nov. 3 in 1992. Over the past 10 years, the average date for the first day of skiing in Colorado has been Oct. 22. The earliest opening date over that period was Oct. 11, when first chair honors went to Arapahoe Basin in 2019, followed by Keystone the next day. Three times in the past decade, the first day of skiing occurred on Oct. 13.

Last year, Wolf Creek was the first Colorado ski area to crank up the lifts, opening for weekend-only skiing and riding on Oct. 16, and Arapahoe Basin opened the next day. Keystone opened on Oct. 22 and Loveland on Oct. 30.

This is the time of year when many ski areas announce tentative opening dates, although they caution that they could open sooner or later depending on conditions. Here are the areas that have announced their tentative opening dates:

Arapahoe Basin: mid-October

Keystone: mid-October

Loveland: late October

Wolf Creek: Nov.  4

Breckenridge: Nov. 11

Vail: Nov. 11

Copper Mountain: Nov. 14

Eldora: Nov. 18

Purgatory: Nov. 19

Beaver Creek: Nov. 23

Crested Butte: Nov. 23

Steamboat: Nov. 23

Aspen Mountain: Nov. 24

Snowmass: Nov. 24

Telluride: Nov. 24

Howelsen Hill: Nov. 25

Powderhorn: Nov. 25

Monarch: around Thanksgiving

Echo Mountain: late November

Cooper: Dec. 7

Sunlight: Dec. 9

Aspen Highlands: Dec. 10

Buttermilk: Dec. 17

Yet to announce: Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Kendall Mountain, Silverton, Winter Park

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