Vail Resorts announces opening dates for the 2022 Colorado ski season
After a new dust of snow appeared Monday on some of Colorado’s highest peaks — triggering a reminder that Coloradoans may be skiing in two months’ time — Vail Resorts announced expected opening dates for its five Colorado resorts.
Listed as “Mid-October,” Keystone will likely compete with Arapahoe Basin and Loveland on the first tracks in Colorado this season. All three usually open in October, and offer skiing and horseback riding thanks to their snowmaking efforts.
Breckenridge and Vail are scheduled to open on November 11, while Beaver Creek and Crested Butte plan to open on November 23, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. All dates listed are subject to weather which may move earlier or later.
Vail Resorts also announced that it will limit daily lift ticket sales this season at all 37 resorts “in order to prioritize the guest experience on every mountain.” The Broomfield-based company has received significant criticism in the past year, particularly at the start of the season, for its crowded slopes and the public perception that it had “sold out season tickets”.
“Reducing lift tickets is one of the ways we are focused on delivering a great guest experience this season, and that’s in addition to the investments we’re making in the mountain driving experience and working with the entire staff team,” said the Vail Resorts spokeswoman. Lindsay Hogan, citing 18 new large-scale elevator companies and investing $175 million in employee needs, including raises and affordable housing. In Colorado, Vail and Breckenridge will get new lifts.
Season ticket holders will not be affected by the restrictions on daily elevator ticket sales.
Cameras maintained by the city of Colorado Springs atop Pikes Peak showed an inch or two of snow. According to meteorologists with the National Weather Service, the new snowfall on Monday was not much and mostly fell on high peaks.
It’s not really a big deal, snowfall at the end of August on top of fourteen,” said Mark Wankowski, a meteorologist with the Pueblo Weather Service’s office. “It only happens at this time of year.”
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