Winter Is Here: Ski Season Starts Early as More Colorado Resorts Open

Oct 16, 2018

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After a less-than-award-winning ski season last year, the 2018-2019 US ski season is off to a tremendous and earlier-than-normal start, courtesy of Mother Nature. Last week, the Wolf Creek Ski Area in south central Colorado powered up its lifts well ahead of schedule thanks to 30 inches of October snow. Now, two more Colorado ski resorts have announced opening dates this weekend.

Arapahoe Basin to Open on Friday

Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin), located 96 miles west from Denver International Airport (DEN) via I-70, has announced a start to the ski season beginning on Friday, Oct. 19, thanks to two feet of natural snow and temperatures that can accommodate additional snowmaking.

While A-Basin plans to be open seven days a week, not all of the terrain is ready for prime-time skiing. At present, Black Mountain Express and High Noon will be open as of 9am on Friday with additional terrain open as conditions permit.

Opening day tickets at A-Basin are currently available online for $50.99, with discounts available for children and seniors. An even better deal, especially if you plan to ski on pricier peak season days, is the four-pack available for $189. This gets you four unrestricted days of skiing during the season. Child’s four-packs are available for those ages 6-14 at $119.

Loveland Ski Area to Open on Saturday

Not to be (too) outdone by nearby A-Basin in the annual race to open first, Loveland Ski Area will also open this weekend at 8:30am on Saturday with two feet of snow from Mother Nature — and a little extra help from the machines. Chet’s Dream, the new high speed lift, opens on Oct. 20 with access to Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run available. Chet’s Dream will be open from top-to-bottom with an 18-inch base.

Early season lift tickets at Loveland are $65 for adults and $31 for children 6-14. However, you could also get an even better “4-Pak” than A-Basin. The Loveland packs are just $169 for four lift tickets can be used by the same person or shared among multiple people on any day of the 2018-2019 ski season. You need to order your Loveland 4-Paks by Nov. 18, 2018.

Stay Near the Snow on Points

If you are looking for a points-friendly lodging option near both Loveland and A-Basin, check out the Hyatt Place Keystone located about five miles from A-Basin and 13 miles from Loveland. That property becomes an even sweeter deal at 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night once the family-friendly Keystone Resort opens (currently set for Nov. 9), but it also isn’t a bad choice when doing early season skiing at A-Basin or Loveland.

Hyatt Place Keystone. (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

When rates are lower, such as during the early season, paid rates may be the better play so you can earn points to use when rates increase during peak ski season (be sure and check for this offer).

Featured image courtesy of Arapahoe Basin

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