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Colorado Ski Season 2023/2024: Mountain Opening Dates

Updated: Dec 16, 2023


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As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, winter enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the start of another ski season in the beautiful state of Colorado. The 2023/2024 season promises to be an exciting one, with several renowned resorts gearing up to welcome skiers and snowboarders to their slopes. Here are the opening dates for some of Colorado's most popular mountains:


Mountain Opening Dates


Arapahoe Basin - October 29

Located high in the Rockies, Arapahoe Basin kicks off the ski season early, opening its slopes on October 29. Known for its high-altitude terrain and breathtaking views, 'A-Basin' is a favorite among experienced riders seeking challenging runs.


Aspen Mountain - November 23

Nestled in the heart of the Aspen Snowmass area, Aspen Mountain welcomes winter enthusiasts on November 23. With its luxurious amenities and diverse terrain, it's a perfect destination for both seasoned pros and those looking to improve their skills.


Beaver Creek - November 22

Beaver Creek, known for its upscale ambiance and world-class skiing, opens its doors on November 22. This charming resort offers a mix of groomed runs and exhilarating backcountry terrain, making it a top choice for discerning winter sports enthusiasts.


Breckenridge - November 10

Breckenridge, one of Colorado's most iconic ski destinations, starts the season on November 10. Boasting an extensive trail network and a vibrant mountain town, 'Breck' offers something for everyone, from beginner slopes to challenging bowls.


Copper Mountain - November 13

With a reputation for its diverse terrain and family-friendly atmosphere, Copper Mountain welcomes guests on November 13. This resort is a fantastic option for families and groups with varying skill levels, providing an array of slopes and activities.


Crested Butte - November 22

Crested Butte, a hidden gem in the Colorado Rockies, opens on November 22. Known for its charming town and challenging terrain, this resort is beloved by passionate skiers and snowboarders seeking a unique mountain experience.


Keystone - November 1

Keystone, offering convenient access from Denver, opens its slopes on November 1. Known for its night skiing and extensive terrain parks, it's a great choice for families and those looking for a lively après-ski scene.


Loveland - November 10

Loveland, often one of the first resorts to open in Colorado, starts the season on November 10. With a focus on excellent skiing and affordability, Loveland is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.


Silverton - December 28

For those seeking a truly unique and adventurous experience, Silverton Mountain opens on December 28. Known for its rugged, expert-only terrain and guided skiing, this resort offers a backcountry experience like no other.


Snowmass - November 23

Part of the Aspen Snowmass area, Snowmass welcomes winter enthusiasts on November 23. With its extensive trail network and family-friendly amenities, it's a perfect destination for a memorable winter getaway.


Steamboat - November 22

Steamboat Springs, famous for its 'Champagne Powder' and western hospitality, opens on November 22. This resort offers a blend of diverse terrain and a charming ski town, creating an unforgettable winter experience.


Telluride - November 23

Nestled in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride starts the season on November 23. Known for its stunning scenery and challenging terrain, it's a top choice for advanced skiers and riders.


Winter Park - November 3

Winter Park, located just a short drive from Denver, welcomes guests on November 3. Known for its diverse terrain and laid-back atmosphere, it's a fantastic destination for families and groups.


Vail - November 10

Vail, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, opens its slopes on November 10. With its expansive terrain and world-class amenities, Vail offers an unparalleled skiing experience for guests of all levels.

You can find more information about the season opening events in Vail in our Exciting November Events In Vail post.


a scene  the bottom of the Vail Lionshead Village Gondola, with a ski rack willed with skies and people walking in the background

If you're as excited about hitting the slopes as we are, now is the perfect time to secure your season pass. Although the Icon Pass, that can take you up to Aspen, Copper, Steamboat, Winter Park, and more, keeps its prices, the Epic Pass, that covers Vail and Breck offers early-bird pricing for those who purchase before November 19th. Buying your pass early not only ensures you'll have access to some of the best skiing in Colorado, but it also saves you money before prices go up.


With these opening dates, Colorado's ski season is shaping up to be an exhilarating one. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time skier, there's a mountain in Colorado ready to welcome you to its slopes. So dust off your gear, wax your skis, and get ready for a winter filled with powder days, unforgettable runs, and memories that will last a lifetime. See you on the slopes!


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