It’s been a frosty October for Colorado, with record-setting temperatures bringing chills and thrills to the state for Halloween.
Breckenridge Ski Resort reported 48 inches of snow throughout the month, making it their snowiest October on record. Lifts are set to spin in 9 days at Breckenridge Ski Resort, with opening day kicking off the season this Friday, November 8, 2019.
You’ve probably heard by now, Arapahoe Basin jumped ahead of Keystone as the first U.S ski resort to open their slopes this year.
The snowpack is well above average after back-to-back snowstorms swept through most of the state from mid to late October. It’s a good sign for parched areas of the state that experienced wildfire season a little later than usual this year. The largest wildfire of the season consisting of nearly 9,000 acres is now fully contained, in part, thanks to all the fresh powder.
We are having a stellar October up here, it actually feels like mid-winter. The snowpack is 160% of the average. We are getting used to the cold temps and getting ready for many more months of winter 🤗👏. #LetsLegend #ABasin #Winterishere pic.twitter.com/Noh528v7vK — Arapahoe Basin (@Arapahoe_Basin) October 30, 2019
According to OpenSnow meteorologist Joel Gratz, here’s how much snow fell over Colorado’s high country starting Sunday afternoon through Wednesday sunrise: Monarch (17″), Telluride (14″), Breckenridge (13″), Schofield Pass (13″), Steamboat (13″), Vail (13″), Beaver Creek (12″), Eldora (11″), Keystone (10″), Loveland (10″), Rocky Mountain National Park (10″), Arapahoe Basin (9″), Aspen Highlands (9″), Snowmass (9″), and Winter Park (8″). To see the full list, click here.
It’s time to head to the slopes. For a full list of opening and closing dates for the 2019-20 ski season at every resort in Colorado, click here.