With Arapahoe Basin open, let’s face it, ski season is here. Most of these resorts aren’t falling on the same opening day, which means you can make your rounds. But this is the day that most of us dream about while we bask in the glorious last few weeks of fall weather. There’s nothing like tightening your boots and clicking into your skis or strapping to your board for the first time of the season. But then you look up and see them. The THOUSANDS of other humans that are doing the exact same thing you are. How is this possible? How could anyone else love the sport as much as you? Well, the white ribbon of deaths’ (WRD) are open and on top of having fun we mostly encourage you to ski/ride safe! Check over your gear, know the terrain and weather, stay safe and most importantly, enjoy the experience! Hundreds of other ski fanatics are looking to get those oh so sweet first turns of the season in. Enjoy and respect each other’s company and all that is the sport of skiing. Stay safe, friends, and cheers to Ullr for an incredible winter!
Read on to find out what not to forget, what not to miss, and where the hot spots are for Après Ski!
*All dates are projected opening dates:
Arapahoe Basin – THIS FRIDAY, October 21
Don’t forget: Your grills! With the crowds, you might find yourself eager to take a break every few runs. Fire up the sausages and hamburgers with friends and enjoy some downtime!
What not to miss: The mass entertainment from unique one-piece snowsuits and tricked out helmets.
Après Ski: Snake River Saloon. Happy hour served 7 days a week from 4 – 5:30 p.m. This legendary saloon is the perfect spot to sit down for a beer after hitting the slopes. Looking for a longer night out? Stick around, the Snake has fantastic night life.
Beaver Creek – November 23
Don’t forget: Your swag hands. Tons of prizes are offered at the base of the Centennial Express Lift.
What not to miss: The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition! www.beavercreek.com/cookie
Après Ski: Dusty Boot. Featuring happy hour from 3 – 5 p.m. daily, this “Best Little Steakhouse & Saloon in the great state of Colorado” is perfect for stopping in and grabbing a few drinks after a long day on the mountain. Looking for something different? Check out Hooked a Seafood * Sushi * Market.
Breckenridge Ski Resort – November 11
Don’t forget: Your pass in your old jacket.
What not to miss: Wake Up Breck! Although this happens the day before opening day it’s a fun local’s tradition. Breckenridge Ski Resort hands out FREE commemorative coffee mugs and will buy you a free cup of coffee to celebrate the opening day of ski season! Participating coffee shops: Coming soon!
Après Ski: To keep it easy, stick to the T-Bar at the Base of Peak 8 and load up on a bloody mary as you watch the skiers come down. If you want to come into town, we suggest checking out one of our favorite local hangouts and the meanest margarita in town, Angel’s Hollow.
Copper Mountain – November 18
Don’t forget: The sunscreen!
What not to miss: Donuts, coffee, and beer! Make sure to also check out live music by DJ Landry and don’t miss out on all the gear giveaways. Learn more here!
Keystone Resort – November 11
Don’t forget: Your mittens. Or worse… 1 mitten.
What not to miss: Your reusable Keystone water bladder! The first 500 people in line will receive one! Learn more here!
Après Ski: Kickapoo Tavern. Deemed “The best deck in Keystone for Après Ski”, Kickapoo is also opening back up on November, 4! Voila!
Loveland Pass – November 10
Don’t forget: Your early morning calisthenics (no need to pull a muscle the first day out there)!
What not to miss: Loveland has yet to release even their opening day announcement. Check this link or we’ll offer an edited version here once we find out more!
Après Ski: Rathskellar. Ask a local on the lift. This is thee spot for a snack or après drink.
Vail – November 18
Don’t forget: To download your EpicMix app. You’ll want to count this as Day 1.
What not to miss: Vail has yet to announce their opening day shenanigans. Check this link as the time gets closer (we’ll offer up an edited version here too once they do).
Après Ski: Mountain Standard. A swanky tavern with a casual vibe and simple, honest, from the heart service and cooking.
Well, we hope this was enough information to keep you excited about Opening Day while being safe. Now, it’s time to look to the winter ahead and pray for big dumps!
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