UPDATE: KEYSTONE SETS OPENING DATE

P: Keystone Resort

P: Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort announced Wednesday that it will open for the 2016-17 snowboard season on Friday, November 18th and Breckenridge Ski Resort will open soon after.

โ€œTemperatures are indeed beginning to trend in our favor and Keystoneโ€™s mountain operations team was able to continue snowmaking operations again last night and into this morning,โ€ said Mike Goar, chief operating officer for Keystone Resort. โ€œWith favorable overnight snowmaking temperatures forecast through next week, we are looking forward to continued progress toward opening day and providing guests with a great ski and ride experience.โ€

โ€œWe will continue to take advantage of any and all opportunities to continue making snow and are pleased with the results of additional snowmaking last night,โ€ said Breckenridgeโ€™s chief operating officer John Buhler. โ€œWe expect to open soon after Keystone Resort and will update guests as soon as we have a date to share.โ€

OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz expects the dry weather to continue over the coming days, followed by decreasing temperatures later next week. โ€œThe 10-day forecasts show a storm hitting Colorado on or about Thursday, November 17th,โ€ said Gratz.

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P: Keystone Resort

Here's Thursday mornings update from the resort:

It was another solid night of snowmaking at Keystone as we continue to make progress towards opening day. Our snowmakers clocked more than 12 hours of run time overnight and into this morning, blasting snow guns from the summit area down to the Montezuma Express Lift, as well as the River Run Gondola mid-station area.

With temperature inversions on the mountain, meaning that temperatures are actually cooler at lower elevations than the summit, the team was able to focus more of our snowmaking efforts at mid-mountain, specifically around Montezuma and the gondola mid-station. Temperatures for the next few nights look like theyโ€™ll remain inverted which should allow us to continue snowmaking efforts at mid-mountain for a bit. This is great because a majority of our summit area snowmaking is complete and the temperatures will help us to focus more on trails below the summit and down to mid-mountain.

In a few more days our grooming team anticipates getting the cats out on the snow to begin pushing things around, connecting snow piles and getting the snow ready for guests.

We know a lot of people are wondering what weโ€™ll have open for skiing and riding next week. What we can tell you right now is that in terms of trails, snowmaking efforts have largely been focused on Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon, from the summit area and down to Montezuma. Weather and mountain operations activity can change quickly and often, so itโ€™s too soon to say exactly what we will have ready for opening day but we promise we will keep you posted as soon as we know more.