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EARLIEST OPENING IN HISTORY FOR STEAMBOAT

The Colorado ski resort will be the latest in the US to take advantage of the huge early snowfalls when it opens on Friday. UPDATED

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Steamboat has had more than 160cm of snow already.

It will join the growing list of American ski areas getting its season going ahead of schedule.

The resort began life in 1963 and has never opened this early before.

The official opening celebrations will begin at 7.30am this Friday, 15th November.

The Christie Peak Express lift will open for skiers and snowboarders at 8.30am.

Ten trails will be open.

“Free Smartwool socks will be given to the first 100 snow enthusiasts on the mountain along with delicious breakfast burritos,” the resort has announced.

Just over a week later, on Saturday 23rd November, Steamboat’s new high speed gondola will be unveiled amid more celebrations and freebies.

Steamboat's new gondola

Steamboat’s new gondola

Steamboat is on the Ikon Pass, a season pass which covers  41 destinations across North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile.

Steamboat, Colorado

Steamboat, Colorado

Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain in California opened last weekend.

It only closed for last ‘winter’ at the end of July.

The runs open are Broadway, Silver Tip, Andy’s Double Gold, Rusty’s and a terrain park on Upper Broadway.

The lifts are operating from 8.30am to 4pm every day and more terrain will open when conditions allow.

We’ve been sent these pictures from the resort of the opening weekend.

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

Mammoth, California

See our special feature which looks at what’s new in Mammoth this winter:

Back in Colorado, Breckenridge has opened with nearly 200 acres of terrain on offer.

Skiers have access to a variety of groomed trails on lower Peak 8 accessed by the Colorado SuperChair, Rocky Mountain SuperChair, 5-Chair and Rip’s Ride.

Other runs open include Springmeier, 4 O’Clock, Columbine, Northstar, Duke’s, Claimjumper and Trygve’s.

Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Copper Mountain also opened on Friday.

Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

We have been following the resorts opening in the USA and Canada over the past few weeks in a special rolling report on PlanetSKI:

In Canada Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay became the first in Canada to open for 7 days a week skiing at the weekend.

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village, Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village, Alberta, Canada

Between them the resorts have almost 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 10m of snow each season on average.

Sunshine has the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada from early November until late May.

The resorts are destination partner resorts for the Ikon Pass.

Here on PlanetSKI we have been reporting on the snow falling and resort openings  in the USA and Canada in this earlier post:

Don’t forget to check back on this article as we update it.

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