Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Ski Resort both announced late on November 8th that they would be postponing opening day indefinitely. Each resort has struggled to make enough snow during record breaking temps in October and a serious lack of precipitation.
Keystone officials had this to say about the unfortunate circumstances:
We’re excited to continue with snowmaking at a moment’s notice when cooler temperatures return! We’ve opted to delay opening in order to provide the best-possible early-season conditions we’re able to deliver. We are doing everything we can to prepare the mountain for guests and will announce an official opening day as soon as possible.
When we determine a new Opening Day date, we’ll make sure to share with our guests. Winter is on its way, and we’re looking forward to another fantastic ski season!
The good news for today is that last night was our best night of snowmaking so far this season! The snow guns were fired up for more than 18 hours overnight and into this morning. This is a welcome change for us all as we’re eager to get the season underway. Both temperature and humidity are important factors when it comes to snowmaking, and combined they are known in the snowmaking world as the “wet bulb” temperature. At Keystone our snowmakers typically want a 27 degree wet bulb to fire up the snowmaking system; though a 16 degree wet bulb is most favorable for snowmaking.
Keystone’s snowmakers continue to work around the clock to make snow every opportunity the weather permits. Last week we were able to make snow during overnight hours; and again earlier this week. Snowmaking has focused on the summit area, Schoolmarm, Silver Spoon, The Alley, Paymaster, Last Chance, the west side of the Montezuma Express Lift and the River Run Gondola mid-station to align with our new Opening Day terrain plan.
In addition to snowmaking, our groomers and ski patrollers are busy preparing mountain. Our ski patrol team is busy on the slopes and the snow groomers will soon begin to prepare the snow that has been made to date.
We are working hard to open the slopes for skiers at every opportunity. Thanks to our resort’s sophisticated snowmaking system and expert team of snowmakers we are able to be incredibly nimble when necessary weather conditions prevail. The team monitors the weather around the clock, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and is ready to fire up the snow guns at a moment’s notice.
We’re equally as excited for Opening Day as our guests, we’re excited to continue with preparations, and we’ll share our opening day as soon as possible.
Until the next update… think snow!
Breckenridge Officials had this to say about the unfortunate circumstances:
Keystone and Breckenridge Ski Resorts announced today the decision to delay both resort's opening days on Friday, Nov. 11. Both Breckenridge and Keystone will announce a new opening day as soon as resort officials feel confident they can open with a high-quality snow surface.
“Snowmaking teams at both resorts have been hard at work getting ready for opening.” said Breckenridge’s chief operating officer John Buhler. “Cold temperatures allowed both resorts to make snow last night, and we will continue to take advantage of temperatures conducive to our snowmaking and get the resorts open as soon as we can.”
“We are dedicated to providing our guests with the best early-season conditions possible and will continue to focus our efforts on opening with a great ski and ride experience,” added Keystone’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar. “We will let our guests know as soon as we have a new opening day for both resorts.”
Snow forecasters from OpenSnow.com note cooler weather should persist for the next five to 10 days, with a chance for precipitation after Nov. 15. “We should finally see the door open for stronger storms across the western US around November 18,” says meteorologist Sam Collentine.
We will be updating this page with more information and updates about Breckenridge and Opening Day, so make sure to check here.
Although Opening Day is delayed, you can still celebrate the arrival of Winter with at Wake Up Breck on Thursday Nov 10. Join us for a free limited Wake Up Breck mug and a cup of coffee on us. You can stop by one of these local coffee houses to participate: Starbucks, Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House, Cool River Coffee House, Daylight Donuts, The Coffee Depot at Main Street Station, Cuppa Joe’s, Kava Café, The Crown, Cabin Coffee of Breckenridge.
Wake Up Breck! will be back for its 14th year Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016! During this annual community tradition, Breckenridge Ski Resort will hand out FREE commemorative coffee mugs and will buy you a free cup of coffee to get you and the town ready for ski season. Thursday’s event begins bright and early at 7 a.m. until all mugs run out.
Participating coffee shops for the 2016-2017 event include Starbucks, Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House, Cool River Coffee House, Daylight Donuts, The Coffee Depot at Main Street Station, Cuppa Joe’s, Kava Café, The Crown and Cabin Coffee of Breckenridge. Doors will open at 7 a.