Breckenridge, Keystone ski areas opening earlier than planned, with first chairs Wednesday

Breckenridge and Keystone ski areas pushed their 2018 openings to Wednesday, marking the first time in 10 years the two have opened according to the release.

Both regions were initially scheduled to start Friday, but a mixture of consistent snowmaking and a great deal of pure snow helped move the date. Five feet of snow fell throughout the resorts because mid-October, a few of which were previously in the past week.

Breckenridge will start its own Colorado SuperChair and Rip’s Ride lifts at 9 a.m., but the BreckConnect Gondola that offers access from town to Peak 8 will start at 8 a.m. Keystone will start its own River Run Gondola and Montezuma Express Chairlift that offer access to beginner trails Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon, in addition to a historical period A51 Terrain Park. North Peak will start Friday.

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On Wednesday, Breck riders can catch complimentary waffles from The Waffle Shop, a new on-mountain dining option opening at The Maggie on Peak 9. Keystone will have breakfast snacks, hot coffee and chocolate

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