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DENVER (KDVR) — Ski season officially kicked off in Colorado when Wolf Creek opened Oct. 16 and Arapahoe Basin opened Oct. 17.

A few rounds of decent snowfall helped these two ski areas open in mid-October this year. In 2020, it took until the last few days of October for the first ski area to open for the season.

Colorado ski area opening dates for 2021

  • Arapahoe Basin: Oct. 17
  • Aspen/Snowmass: Nov. 25
  • Beaver Creek: Nov. 24
  • Breckenridge: Nov. 12
  • Copper Mountain: Nov. 30
  • Crested Butte: Nov. 24
  • Eldora: Nov. 19
  • Keystone: Oct. 22
  • Loveland: Oct. 30
  • Steamboat: Nov. 27
  • Telluride: Dec. 3
  • Vail: Nov. 20
  • Winter Park: Nov. 17
  • Wolf Creek: Oct. 16

When do Colorado ski areas normally open for the season?

Taking a look back at the last few years, Wolf Creek has won the “Race to Open” three out of the last five years. Arapahoe Basin won the other two. Typically, the first ski resort of the year opens in mid-October, although some years if the weather does not cooperate it can be late October.