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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: looking a lot like Christmas

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As noted yesterday, we’re not expecting new snow to appear in the mountains until later next week. The good news is all the terrain that’s opening up as Colorado’s ski areas dig out, evaluate and prepare more terrain for us.

Today, Winter Park Resort opens up the Parsenn Bowl at Mary Jane, accessed by the Panoramic Express where Forget-Me-Not and everything to the right of that trail will open, including Paintbrush, Parry’s Peek and Edelweiss.

Saturday will be a big terrain-opening day, marking the first day of the season when every Colorado ski area will be open for the season.

Beaver Creek will open Grouse Mountain, Larkspur Bowl and Arrowhead on Saturday, boosting Beaver Creek’s skiable terrain to 1,406 acres, or 77 percent of the resort’s total terrain, accessed by 23 of 25 lifts. Plus, lift operating hours shift to an 8:30 a.m. opening for the remainder of the season.

All on-mountain restaurants will be open for the season on Saturday, including Talons Restaurant and Broken Arrow at Arrowhead. The new Talons Restaurant celebrates its grand opening on Saturday serving hearty fare from its new alpine-inspired menu beginning at 11 a.m. Beano’s and Zach’s Cabins will begin their gourmet multi-course dinner service today.

Terrain park enthusiasts can visit Park 101 which has 19 beginner features including jumps, boxes and rails. Nordic and snowshoe adventurers will have 25 kilometers of dedicated trails to explore in McCoy Park starting this Saturday. Beaver Creek’s Ivy League Ski School is offering private and group lessons for adults and kids including their specialty signature programs.

Farther west, the four mountains that make up Aspen/Snowmass will all be open on Saturday, bringing the total acreage across those mountains to more than 4,600 acres.

Aspen Highlands will open with more than 90 percent of its terrain, including almost all of Highland Bowl, all runs on the lower mountain, all the runs mid- and upper-mountain, and all the runs in Steeplechase. Both the Merry Go Round and the Cloud 9 Bistro will open for the season. Golden Horn and Thunderbowl terrain will be open; however the Thunderbowl lift will not open this weekend. Paid parking is in effect at Highlands, but the new shuttle is running from Buttermilk to Highlands beginning Saturday morning.

Buttermilk will open with 454 of its 470 total acres. The mountain will be open wall-to-wall with just a few runs closed for the superpipe and Terrain Park build. There will be terrain park features on Red's, Teaser and Uncle Chuck's. Bumps and Cliffhouse will open with full services including the Mongolian Grill and Bumps’ famous pasta station. Powder Pandas and the entire Ski & Snowboard School will be in full operation.

At Snowmass, the Two Creeks lift will open as will Burnt Mountain and Longshot. Snowmass will jump to more than 2,500 acres and the upper Banzai section of the terrain park will open. The Shadow Mountain lift will open on Aspen Mountain with Corkscrew, Super 8, Strawpile, 5th Avenue, Norway and Normandy opening for the season. Aspen Mountain will be 99 percent open.

Here’s the latest 24-hour snow report plus the latest terrain updates, which will show even more tomorrow morning…

Arapahoe Basin: 0” (6 lifts, 100% beginner terrain open, 80% intermediate, 67% advanced, 36% expert open, 31” base)

Aspen Mountain: 0” (5 lifts, 61 trails, 600 acres, 90% beginner/intermediate, 78% advanced/expert, 26” base)

Beaver Creek: 0” (18 lifts, 75 trails, 879 acres, 48% open, 29” base)

Breckenridge: 0” (15 lifts, 71 trails, 1220 acres, 34” base)

Copper Mountain: 0” (10 lifts, 65 trails, 652 acres, 1 terrain park, 31” base)

Crested Butte: 0” (6 lifts, 57 trails, 2 terrain parks, 42” base)

Eldora: 0” (3 lifts, 90% beginner, 40% intermediate terrain open, 24” base)

Keystone: 0” (14 lifts, 71 trails, 1563 acres, 83% beginner terrain open, 69% intermediate open, 32% advanced/expert)

Loveland: 0” (5 lifts, 42 trails, 541 acres, 75% beginner terrain open, 40% intermediate, 9% advanced open, 34” base)

Monarch: 0” (6 lifts, 53 trails, 100% open, 42” base)

Powderhorn: 0” (4 lifts, 85% open, 46” base)

Purgatory: 0” (5 lifts, 73% open, 42” base)

Snowmass: 0” (11 lifts, 71 trails, 1829 acres, 55% beginner/intermediate, 20% advanced/expert, 25” base)

Steamboat: 0” (9 lifts, 103 trails, 37” base)

Sunlight: 0” (3 lifts, 100% open, 32” base)

Telluride: 0” (9 lifts, 20% beginner, 51% intermediate, 64% advanced open, 42” base)

Vail: 0” (19 lifts, 104 trails, 1422 acres, 27% open, 32” base)

Winter Park: 0” (20 lifts, 108 trails, 27” base)

Wolf Creek: 0” (6 lifts, 1,600 acres, 100% open, 70” base)

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