Colorado Snowstorm In Time for Ski Resort Openings

A late-October snowstorm in Colorado is making headlines across the country as snowfall amounts have reached more than seven inches at Keystone Resort over the last eight hours, with heavy snow still falling. The ski resort opens to the public for the 2011-2012 season on Friday, Nov. 4. Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek are also reported to be seeing snow, over a foot in some areas as they also look ahead to their openings throughout November.

Vail Resorts says the snowstorm ensures skiers and riders can look forward to top to bottom skiing and riding for opening day at Keystone, as well as 25 new features for all abilities in the early season terrain park. To enjoy opening weekend skiing and riding and save up to 40 percent on lodging at Keystone Resort, visit or call 970-453-4FUN for additional information.

Breckenridge Ski Resort kicks off its 50th Anniversary season on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Agents can get the latest on season-long events, or receive 50 percent off two or more room nights for their clients at The Village at Breckenridge through Dec. 15 at

Vail Mountain opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 with the addition of a new 13,000-square-foot table-service restaurant, The 10th, opening Thursday, Dec. 1. Also, catch “First Tracks,” the announcement of the 2012 U.S. Ski Team, including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety live in Vail on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Beaver Creek opens on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. Travelers can celebrate opening day on the slopes with 5,000 warm chocolate chip cookies at the eighth annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition at 2 p.m. Nearly 400,000 Cookie Time cookies are served annually. Also new is the high speed Rose Bowl quad this season. Travelers can book the Ski Free & Stay Free package, which offers one free night of lodging and one free day of skiing on a minimum purchase of two nights lodging and two days of lift tickets, at or by calling (877) 204-7883. 

Travelers can also enjoy the the Epic Pass, available now for $669 for adults, which offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Arapahoe Basin.

Guests can also choose the new Epic Local Pass, available now at $519 for adults, an option for locals offering unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and ten restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek.