2023 Opening Days for Breckenridge and Summit County's Ski Resorts
Summit County’s mountain terrain speaks directly to the heart of every adventure seeker who sets their eyes on the towering peaks of Ten Mile Range. It’s no surprise that skiers and snowboarders flock to Breckenridge and the surrounding areas from all over the world to ski and ride our impressive, powdered slopes. From self-proclaimed ski bums to newbies strapping in for the very first time, Summit’s 6 World Renowned Resorts have plenty to offer every level of skier and snowboarder!
Here's What to Expect for the 2023-24 Season:
Opening Day: November 10th, 2023.
Known For: Breckenridge's Imperial Express SuperChair on Peak 8 is the highest chairlift in North America at 12,840 feet. From the Imperial Express, advanced skiers and riders can access Imperial Bowl, Whales Tail, and the Lake Chutes. Click here for more information on all 5 of Breck's peaks.
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 4 pm for ski lift/mountain.
Lift Tickets: Click here for more information on Breckenridge’s lift ticket and pass options.
Lessons: Group and private lessons are available for all ages and levels, click here to book your lesson online today!
Rentals: Breckenridge Resort offers rentals available for pickup at any of Breck’s 5 peak bases or equipment delivery on reservations with a 2-day minimum. It is recommended that you book online in advance through epicmountainrentals.com.
Dining: The resort offers 7 options for on-mountain dining.
Opening Day: As soon as possible in October 2023.
Known For: Arapahoe Basin, lovingly referred to as A Basin, is known as Summit County's "local's mountain" with one of the longest seasons of all Colorado's ski resorts, mostly advanced terrain, and budget friendly pricing. Click here for more information on A-Basin's 7 distinct mountain areas.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 8:30 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Lift Tickets: Lift tickets for Arapahoe Basin are ONLY sold online and must be purchased in advance. They offer a variety of lift ticket options from full day to specialty lift tickets. Click here for more information on A-Basin’s lift ticket and pass options.
Lessons: A-Basin offers private and group lessons for all ages and skill levels. Choose from snowboarding, alpine skiing, or telemark ski lessons. Visit their website to learn more about the different types of lessons A-Basin has to offer or to book your lesson today!
Rentals: Rental equipment is at Base N’ Edge Rentals and Repair adjacent to A-Basin’s lifts. Clothing is available, but not goggles and a helmet is included for free with each rental – Click here to reserve your equipment through A-Basin’s website.
Dining: Choose from 1 of the 6 dining options that A Basin has to offer at their base area a-frame, mid-mountain lodge, or at the top of the mountain. End your day with one of A-Basin’s award-winning Bloody Mary’s at their classic base-area bar and grill, the 6th Alley.
Opening Day: As soon as possible in October 2023
Known For: Keystone is known for being one of the few Colorado resorts to offer night skiing and for being one of the best family friendly ski resorts in Colorado. With great beginner terrain, one of Colorado's best terrain parks with its own lift, Kidtopia and their Kids Ski Free Program for their lodging guests with kids under age 12, it's understandable why Keystone has gained its welcoming, family-friendly reputation. Click here for more information on Keystone's mountain playground.
Hours of Operation: 8:30 – 4 pm daily, night skiing hours are 3 pm – 8 pm, weekends and holidays only.
Lift Tickets: Lift tickets for Keystone can be purchased here.
Lessons: Keystone offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons for both adults and children, click here to see all the types of lessons the resort has to offer.
Rentals: Equipment reservations can be made for skis and snowboards online for slope side pick-up or delivery, visit their website to learn more and book your equipment.
Dining: Choose from one of Keyone’s 7 on-mountain dining options. Looking for more elevated dining after fun filled day on the mountain? Keystone Resort's Ski Trip Lodge is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country, just make sure to plan ahead as reservations are required.
Opening Day: November 13th, 2023.
Known For: Copper Mountain is known for being a self-contained village, which is even more exaggerated by Copper's distance from any other established towns in Summit County. Those visiting Copper Mountain can find everything they need right at the base area, from restaurants, entertainment, outfitters and gear, lodging, and even a general store. Out of all the entertainment at Copper Mountain, the 22' Superpipe is by far the must-see attraction for both terrain park enthusiasts and adrenaline loving bystanders.
Hours of Operation: Base area lifts are open 9 am to 4 pm daily, other lifts have staggered closing times between 2:30 and 3:30.
Lift Tickets: Lift tickets for Copper Mountain can be purchased here. Purchase tickets at least 1 day in advance online to receive a discount.
Lessons: Copper Mountain offers private and group lessons for children and adults. Copper also offers family lessons, a program for ages 50+, and specialty clinics. Visit Copper’s website to learn more.
Opening Day: November 10th, 2023.
Known For: Vail Ski Resort is known for its extensive 5,300 acres of terrain, including Vail's 7 legendary back bowls. Visiting Vail is truly an experience both on the slopes and off the mountain, with high-end shopping and Michelin restaurants within walkable distance of luxury, ski in - ski out lodging.
Hours of Operation: The majority of Vail's lifts will be open 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, all Back Bowls and Blue-Sky Basin will be open slightly shorter hours. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts.
Lift Tickets: Vail Resorts will be limiting the number of lift tickets available for the 2023/2024 season. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your lift tickets in advance. For more information and to purchase your lift tickets, visit Vail’s website. Tickets are refundable if your plans change.
Lessons: Vail offers multiple lesson options for all ages, skill level beginner to advanced. Click here to visit their website to see all the ski and snowboard lessons Vail offers.
Rentals: Equipment rentals available directly through Vail Resort for slope-side or for delivery. Book online for the best pricing. Online equipment reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Dining: With 11 dining options, it’s impossible to go hungry at Vail. Grab a quick bite at 1 of their 3 base dining locations or travel up the mountain to enjoy their other 9 restaurant options. Experience fine-dining while looking out on the Gore Range at Vail’s premier on-mountain restaurant, The 10th, reservations required. Or refuel at Belle’s Camp, Vail’s farther outpost. Click here for more information on all of Vail's dining options.
Beaver Creek Ski Resort
Opening Day: November 22nd, 2023
Known For: Beaver Creek is known for being the ski resort with all the amenities. For skiers and riders who want the ultimate luxury experience, Beaver Creek offers guests free freshly baked cookies, escalators to and from the village and chairlift, upscale dining options including 3 on-mountain restaurants accessible only by snowcat, and a world class spa.
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 4 pm for lift/terrain
Lift Tickets: Lift tickets for Beaver Creek can be purchased on their website. The number of tickets available this season will be limited, so they recommend purchasing your ticket in advance.
Lessons: Beaver Creek offers beginner through intermediate level ski and snowboarding lessons for children and adults. Their Green Run Guarantee promises to have you skiing or snowboarding a qualifying Green Run by your 3rd lesson or the 4th lesson is free! Click here to learn more about the different lessons available at Beaver Creek.
Rentals: Ski and snowboard equipment rentals for Beaver Creek can be made online for either slope-side pickup or delivery. Click here to reserve your equipment for next visit to Beaver Creek.
Dining: Choose from one of Beaver Creek’s 3 on-mountain cafeteria style dining options, make a reservation at their full-service restaurant: Spruce Saddle at the top of Continental Express Lift (#6), or swing by The Parlour at the top of Haymeadow Express Gondola (#1) for warm drinks, "ready to drink" adult beverages, and handheld snacks.
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It’s not hard to fall in love with all that Breckenridge has to offer on and off the slopes, but it can be hard to find the perfect mountain property in this highly desirable location. Whether you’re looking for a second for your family to gather and celebrate the holidays or an income generating ski-in, ski-out condo - Breckenridge Associates are the local experts on Breckenridge real estate.
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