It’s officially ski season

Early season skiers and riders are getting some snowy turns at Copper Mountain, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary and one of three reorts now open for the 2012-2013 ski and ride season. With a major winter storm forecast for this weekend, more resorts are gearing up to open by Thanksgiving.

The second weekend in November finds five ski resorts with their lifts running and several others on the verge of opening for the 2012–13 ski and ride season.

Breckenridge, Copper, A-Basin, Keystone and Loveland are your current choices for a turn or two on the snow, with Winter Park (Wednesday) and Vail and Eldora (both Friday) expected to open this week.

Eight more resorts will open by Thanksgiving: Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Monarch and Crested Butte on Nov. 21. Telluride, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass and Ski Copper on Nov. 22 and Purgatory on Nov. 23.

Powderhorn, which started making snow Friday, announced a Dec. 13 opening.

Some great early season deals are still available, including Powderhorn’s $69 P-Card, which includes one free day and additional days at 20 percent off the regular adult single-day ticket price.

The resort also offers the Deca Card, a $170 deal that allows the holder to purchase 10 half-price tickets. Completely transferable with no blackout dates, you can get the 10 all at once, one at a time or any mix.

For more information, go online to

This year Copper Mountain turns 40, and in celebration the resort is offering anniversary-themed specials Dec. 7-9. You can get $40 lift tickets, $40 equipment rentals (for two people), even 72-cent beers, plus more. For more information go to

Colorado Ski Country USA offers the $10 Gems Card, which includes discounts at the state’s eight Colorado Gem resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Copper, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight. For more information go to

Show your Powderhorn pass at Sunlight and get a free lift ticket, a deal good through 
Dec. 20. Sunlight is set to open 
Dec. 7. For more information, go to

The best deal is the free skiing (really, it’s free) at Crested Butte on opening day, 
Nov. 21. If you book lodging with Crested Butte Vacations from Nov. 21 through Dec. 19, you get one day of free skiing for every night on your reservation. Through opening day, the resort is giving away daily a free one-day ticket on the resort’s Facebook page. For more information, go to

Editor’s note: This story has been amended to reflect the opening of several Vail, Associates-owned resorts.


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