Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colo., started top-to-bottom snowmaking operations late Tuesday night. The manmade snow covered runs on Dercum Mountain, the frontside of the ski area. Keystone is located near Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area, two Colorado areas that generally open in October.
At a slightly lower elevation than Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, Keystone is scheduled to open on Nov. 5, making it the first of the five ski areas owned by Vail Resorts to start the 2010-11 ski season. Therefore, Keystone will be the site of the debut of EpicMix, a new Vail Resorts initiative that combines radio-frequency technology in visitors’ ski passes and social media.
Another Vail Resorts mountain, Breckenridge Resort, plans to open on Nov. 12. Vail Mountain should follow on Nov. 19. Beaver Creek Resort intends to start on Nov. 24. In addition to the four Vail Resorts ski areas in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area will also have the EpicMix system. Stretching across the border of California and Nevada, Heavenly has set an opening date of Nov. 19.
(Photo courtesy of Keystone Resort)