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I bet VR execs are happy the weather in Colorado is being so helpful this season. Breck just announced they will stay open on weekends thru June 9 instead of closing on Memorial Day. Not quite as late as July 7 like Squaw and Mammoth, which are Alterra resorts. With A-Basin moving off Epic after 2019, VR needs some place for late season marketing purposes.

Last Dec, Keystone announced snow making infrastructure improvements that will allow Keystone to open a few weeks earlier than in the past.
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Keystone Resort is planning to upgrade snowmaking on its opening terrain to a state-of-the-art, automated, energy-efficient system that will assist in allowing the resort to operate more productively in narrow early-season snowmaking windows. This will help to position Keystone to be the first resort to open in Colorado and the U.S. each season with the most skiable terrain, bringing forward the resort’s opening day by up to three weeks each year.
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In Jan 2019, Breck announced that it would stay open until Memorial Day in 2019 and future years. It was pretty obvious that the decision was a business decision, and not really based on snow coverage since it was a bit early to predict snowfall for the rest of the winter.
People who want to ski from the Park City side to Canyons will have a faster route for 2019-20 if all goes according to plan. The plan announced today is to add a fixed-grip quad that at the base of the Tombstone Express that would go to the top of Sunrise. After getting off the Quicksilver Gondola, it will be two lifts to get to the Canyons base. Having never skied a full day at Park City, I can't easily figure out from the trail map how long it currently takes to get to the Canyons base on blue runs from Quicksilver.


PARK CITY, Utah – May 22, 2019 – Park City Mountain today announced plans to install a new lift in time for the 2019-20 season, pending permits. The fixed grip quad chairlift, named “Over and Out,” will transport guests from a location near the bottom of the Tombstone Express Lift and unload near the top of Sunrise Lift on the front side of the mountain. As the name suggests, this lift will provide a quicker, more direct route for skiers and riders to access Canyons Village from the center of the resort.

“Since combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort in 2015, our focus has been on enhancing the guest experience,” said Bill Rock senior vice president and chief operating officer at Park City Mountain. “We continue to evolve as a resort and prioritize our capital improvements based on guest feedback. We know that time is particularly valuable to our guests and the new lift will offer a faster and more convenient route to return to Canyons Village.”

With a ride time of approximately five minutes, the lift will significantly reduce the travel time from the base of Tombstone Express Lift to Canyons Village, and provide a more accessible route for guests to enjoy the world-class terrain surrounding Canyons Village. It will also greatly benefit skiers who start their day at Park City Mountain Village with plans to ski to Canyons Village.

Installation of the new lift will take place this summer and be completed in time for the Christmas holidays, pending permits. This latest capital investment is in addition to construction of the permanent Tombstone BBQ at Park City Mountain that was announced last December. The new Tombstone BBQ will complete the suite of transformative dining improvements and the Resort’s commitment to culinary excellence. The restaurant will open in time for the 2019-20 season and include seating for up to 50 guests, indoor restrooms, a beer bar and a full kitchen to allow for the use of reusable serve ware.


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Vail Resorts is working to have some place for Epic passholders to go during early season. The idea is to have Keystone open by late October, and Breck and Vail open by mid-November. Closing dates for 2020 were also announced.

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With Keystone’s energy-efficient, automated snowmaking system improvements, it expects to open for the 2019-20 winter season in October, as early as conditions allow. By its traditional opening day in November, Keystone will offer top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding, doubling the terrain access than has typically been open at that time. Keystone plans to be open from October to April 12, 2020.
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. . . Breckenridge will open for the 2019-20 winter season on November 8 and will be open through May 25, 2020, conditions permitting. . . .
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Vail’s extensive snowmaking upgrades and expansion taking place this summer will ensure a pre-Thanksgiving opening day each year. Nearly 200 acres of new and enhanced snowmaking terrain will provide guests with earlier access to higher elevation terrain, top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding, access from two base areas, and improved early season ski school terrain. Vail will be open November 15, 2019 to April 19, 2020.

Beaver Creek will expand snowmaking capabilities at Red Buffalo Park, providing more reliable early season terrain in a key beginner area of the upper mountain. The resort will aim to offer more than 3,300 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on opening day each year. Beaver Creek will be open November 27, 2019 to April 12, 2020.
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