Steamboat, Crested Butte, Monarch, Snowmass, Telluride All Open for Thanksgiving

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Alex Fenlon
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The weather has been good for skiers and snowboarders so far this season, and that means more openings. Steamboat and Crested Butte plan to open for the season today, while Monarch, Snowmass and Telluride will open tomorrow, on Thanksgiving.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at the resorts mentioned above.

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Vail, Aspen, Eldora Open This Weekend

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Jack Affleck
Vail

Colorado's two glitziest, most well-known ski resorts open for the season this weekend, along with a locals' favorite, joining a few others that have so far. Vail goes first, giving customers access out of both Vail Village and Lionshead at 9 a.m., as well as return routes to both base areas. (Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.) Boulder County mountain, Eldora Resort, also cranks up the lifts today, while Aspen Mountain follows on Saturday by opening the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express, along with the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. The mountain is opening earlier than expected, thanks to a storm that dropped 21 inches of snow.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at Eldora, Vail and at the four mountains around Aspen.

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens Today With New Snow

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Jeff Andrew
Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge got thirteen inches of snow on Wednesday and more last night, so there should be plenty to go around today when the ski resort (mostly Peak 8) opens for the season. There are plenty of activities on tap, including music, donuts, giveaways and of course, chilly refreshing temperatures. We profiled all of Colorado's ski resorts in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season, and we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open. Turn the page to see the profile for Breck.

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Winter Park Opens Saturday; Raffle Offers Winner a Lifetime Pass

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Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort opens Saturday, joining a handful of ski-country destinations that have already powered on the gondolas. We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season, and we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open.

But if you really like Winter Park, the National Sports Center for the disabled is selling raffle tickets that will land the lucky winner a lifetime ski and ride pass there. Tickets cost $50 each or three for $125. In addition, six smaller prizes will be awarded, one per week through December 5 (when the grand prize will be announced). They vary in value from $50 to $500. Raffle sales, sponsored by the Fraser River Vally Lions Club, began last month and will continue through December 4. Get them here.

Read on for our profile of Winter Park.

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Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort and Wolf Creek All Open This Weekend

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Arapahoe Basin was first -- as usual -- but two other Summit County ski resorts, Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort, will open today, despite warm weather recently that pushed back Keystone's original opening-day plan. In addition, Wolf Creek down in southwestern Colorado, opens this weekend as well.

But with temperatures dropping and snow falling, the rest of this state's resorts will soon be online. We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season that's inserted in the November 6 issue of Westword; we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are your guides to the three that cranked up the lifts today.

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Opening Weekend at A-Basin: Sunshine, Beer and Just Enough Snow

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Happy skiers and snowboarders flocked to Arapahoe Basin over the weekend for the official kickoff to the 2014-'15 Colorado ski season, amid sunny conditions and a party atmosphere. While balmy weather is keeping the snow guns at bay elsewhere, it's only a matter of time before Loveland, Winter Park and eventually all the other ski resorts follow suit. Photographer Brandon Marshall hit A-Basin to record all fun in the sun; read on for a preview of our slide show.

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Must-see Films at the 2014 Snowboard on the Block North American Film Festival

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Scotty Vine gets upside down on his way to winning the 2013 Snowboard on the Block rail jam.
While the first Colorado ski areas won't be opening for another month, locals know that snowboarding season actually starts in September, with the early onslaught of video premieres to stoke the fire. And, for the second year in a row, you can see almost all of them in one place at the Snowboard on the Block 2014 North American Snowboard Film Festival, an all-ages event getting under way on Saturday.

Westword caught up with Snowboard Colorado editor-in-chief Adam Schmidt for the inside scoop on the festival and a highlight reel of selections from the twenty films being featured.

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Arapahoe Basin hosts the ski season's last hurrah

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Dave Camara/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A-Basin's Lake Reveal will make its final splash for the season on Sunday.
Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season way back on October 13 and, thanks to one of the best snow years on record, it is still open for one more weekend. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and Fourth of July fireworks at the Basin just aren't in the cards this time around.

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Aspen Mountain to reopen for skiing this weekend!

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Jeremy Swanson
Aspen's season is not over yet.
Colorado's reality-defying weather has worked to a benefit this time around. The surge of late-spring snowfall around the state has allowed Aspen Mountain to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 tthrough May 26.

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And then there were two: The Colorado ski season that keeps on giving

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Pick a line, any line. This is what May skiing looked like at Loveland on Thursday. Believe it.
Throw the roof rack back on your car and dig out your winter gear, because storms this week deposited deep powder on both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, the last two ski areas standing in Colorado. Loveland got 31 inches from the storm, A-Basin got 17, and OpenSnow.com forecaster Joel Gratz says to expect "significant snow Saturday night through Sunday evening," just in time for closing day at Loveland.

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