Colorado's Copper, Keystone To Open Friday; Foot Of Snow Teases At Lake Tahoe

By Craig Altschul
10/31/2013 11:47:18 AM

Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colo. will join already open Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Friday, Nov. 1. Opening weekend at Copper begins at 9 a.m. Friday and continues starting at 8:30 a.m. over the weekend.

The resort will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding off the American Eagle Chairlift and in the Easy Rider learning area. Woodward at Copper will offer more than 10 terrain park features for all ability levels in Woodward's Eagle Terrain Park. An opening weekend promotion offers prizes on "Loot Lift" (aka American Eagle).

Photo: Keystone Resort Oct. 28, 2013 (Keystone Resort/Facebook)

It's based on the New York City hit "Cash Cab." Guests on the lift will be randomly selected and trivia-quizzed on their ride to the top of the mountain, earning prizes as they go. Gifts for those who have brushed up on their Copper trivia knowledge can win lift tickets, gift cards, GoPro cameras, and more. Nearby Keystone Resort will make its 43rd seasonal debut Friday with 65 acres available on Dercum Mountain.

Lifts open at 9 a.m. Top-to-Bottom skiing and riding is set for Spring Dipper and River Run trails. The River Run gondola, Summit Express, Montezuma, and Ranger lifts will all crank up. The A51 Terrain Park will have more than 20 features ready at its Scout trail location, accessed by the Ranger lift.

Guests begin Friday morning with complimentary warm donuts, coffee and hot chocolate at the base of the River Run gondola. The first 43 skiers or riders lined up at the gondola receive a Starbucks coffee mug, while the first 200 passengers are entered into a drawing for more prizes. A "Get Stoked" movie festival gets the juices going Friday and Saturday evening at Warren Station in River Run Village.

Meanwhile, further West at Lake Tahoe, California, a big winter tease brought the season even closer early this week with a foot of natural snow falling in the mountains and 5-6 inches around the bases. "We're locked in, ready to bring on those powder-filled days and action-packed Tahoe nights," Carol Chaplin, executive director at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority told local media. "Tahoe South has spun a summer of expansions, improvements and upgrades into a ski and board-filled winter wonderland of boundless options for an epic vacation."

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